One Day After Historic Saudi-Russian Summit, US Suspends Military Exercises With "Arab Allies"

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Russia no longer even has to lift a finger (or buy a few thousands dollars worth of Facebook ads) to steal influence from the US in key geopolitical hotspots: the US can do so on its own.

According to the WSJ, the Pentagon halted military exercises with Gulf allies in a symbolic rebuke to countries caught in the ongoing diplomatic spat with Qatar that has eroded counterterrorism cooperation in the region, soured relations between historical allies, and allowed outside powers to establish substantial footholds in the region

Having failed at direct diplomacy, the US has decided to take a "passive aggressive" approach, and U.S. Central Command said that some exercises would be suspended in an effort to send a signal that the U.S. military seeks to work together with other nations in the region and encourage them to do so as well.

“We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” said Col. John Thomas, a Centcom spokesman.

What is even more ironic, is that having initially sent a signal of support for the Gulf nations, and isolated Qatar as an "evil sponsor of terrorism", the Pentagon has now flipflopped, and its latest move to curb military drills in the region represents a shift for the U.S., which initially threw its qualified support behind the Gulf nations in an attempt to put pressure on Qatar. As reported here previously, that attempt failed.

Top U.S. officials have tried to coax Arab allies to end a blockade of Qatar, which began in June and has been led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The blockade has closed off the energy-rich country’s land borders and its air and sea routes, squeezing its economy.

 

Yet the four countries at the heart of the dispute each host some of the Pentagon’s largest military bases outside the U.S. The Pentagon relies on cooperation between its Gulf allies for its global counterterrorism efforts and to check Iran’s influence in the region.

Needless to say, the suspension of military exercises is the latest blow to the Gulf countries who have traditionally relied on the US for any and every form of military support. Several are family monarchies that have touted close partnerships with the U.S. as way to buttress security despite weak militaries. The Pentagon’s reproach may in particular sting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s minister of defense who is seen as one of the architects of the Qatar blockade, according to Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at King’s College in London for defense studies and a former adviser to Qatar’s military.

The timing of the suspension may not be a coincidence: it comes just one day after Saudi King Salman met with Vladimir Putin, the first ever visit to Moscow by a sitting Saudi ruler. Saudi Arabia and Russia signed billions worth of energy and military deals and MOUs.

The US was not amused.

“Joint military exercises are essential for the Gulf militaries to build capability. All Gulf states want to appeal to the U.S. as viable partners in achieving joint strategic interests, so this announcement is really a slap in the face,” he said.

How aggressive the "soft" US isolation of its traditional allies will be, remains to be seen. Aside from military exercises and counterterrorism cooperation, the U.S. has also forged close ties with its Mideast allies by selling them sophisticated military hardware. In the latest announcement, the Pentagon avoided any mention of future military sales, but analysts say a freeze of weapon sales is one of the greatest sources of leverage the U.S. could use in trying to resolve the diplomatic crisis. Of course, it is also a source of trillions of dollars to the US military industrial complex which over the decades has traditionally relied on the middle east as its biggest customer.

“Bottom line: the pressure from the U.S. is mounting but can be sustained [by the U.A.E.],” says Krieg. “It could induce both Qatar and Saudi to start low level rapprochement.”

Perhaps, in the meantime what Bloomberg wrote earlier this week is becoming increase obvious to everyone: "Vladimir Putin is the new master of the Middle East."

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GreatUncle's picture

Everybody is in it for themselves but it is who offers the best deal.

TheLastTrump's picture

I used to think that the anti American, anti US military posters were a mix of faux libertarian trolls & paid govt shills.

 

But there's more...actual fucking terrorists posting online talking shit about the US & its middle eastern adventures.

 

"Tannerite apparently was used in a September 2016 bombing in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured 31 people. Various news accounts at the time quoted unidentified federal officials as saying that residue of the product was found at the scene.

Authorities later arrested Ahmed Rahami, an Afghan immigrant, and charged him with federal terrorism and weapons offenses in connection with that bombing and two others in New Jersey.

According to prosecutors, Rahami had posted videos praising a former leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group and decrying U.S. military actions in countries like Afghanistan and Syria on social media prior to his arrest."

Duc888's picture

 

 

"I used to think that the anti American, anti US military posters were a mix of faux libertarian trolls & paid govt shills."

 

Nice try.  A lot of us love USA.... we don't agree with management or current illegal invasion(s) of soverign nations.

 

You need to sharpen your point a bit more.

TheLastTrump's picture

NO. You need to sharpen your reading skills.

 

I said anti American. If you're anti American you don't "love the USA".

 

It's pretty obvious when someone loves America but disagrees with govt policy, versus the hateful cocksuckers spouting anti Americanisms at every turn. If I get it wrong when I call someone out don't take it personally, I am reacting to words & TONE.

 

I don't care for the MIC, Fed Reserve, progressive communist infiltration & other things going on for 100 years in America...but I also know that America has been the last great hope of this world during that exact time frame and people are STILL dying to get in here....literally.

Duc888's picture

 

 

You are right.  I stand corrected.  I'm four stiff Gin and Tonic's into an all nighter finishing painting a NY TV celebrety's HD. ...a cool guy actually.  

 

I fucked up and I admit it.   I agree with your position.

Volkodav's picture

      just cos can hide at keyboard, think you can throw orders at others?

      mouthy jerks like you is reason much and growing dislike for Americans...

 

 

tuetenueggel's picture

your point of view isn´t shared in most countries of entire world.

To many collateral damages since 1945. 

Korea

Vietnam

Laos

Cambodja

Afghanistan

Iraq

Jemen a.s.o.

 

Millions of them. Thanks USA country of mass murdering

 

GreatUncle's picture

I love American people guess what? They are people just like me. (PS I am married to one).

Government is a whole different kettle of fish though just like mine.

tuetenueggel's picture

fuck all muslim turds or send them to homo Trudeau

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Maybe the U.S. will leave the Middle East for Israel to defend itself???...

This didn't even take 24 hours for the "paint to dry" either!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I do believe that the "jigsaw puzzle" is getting reshuffled and that knee-pads-in-chief's errant outburst about "something big coming" to his military owners wasn't a coincidence either?!!!

Pretty sure Saudi Arabia and Turkey will be needing those SA-400s from incoming U.S. missiles sooner rather than later!

tuetenueggel's picture

If there is any paint left ? Russia will take over USrael´s guard.

There are millions of russian joos living in USrael. 2 nd language in USrael is russian. If USa would have taken a small look further then their borders, they would have realized that world changed.

Conscious Reviver's picture

"Russia will take over USrael´s guard."

What? Russia will guard Israhell? I have heard this hope and prayer before. If that's what you are thinking, dream on Mosche. Russia's ally is Syria. Among other important issues, Syria's geo-strategic position is exactly perfect for Russian purposes. Israel has likely killed Russians in some of it's Syrian air raids. Many of those Russian Jews in Israel are on the lam. Finally, according to Solzhenitsyn you are not rated too highly at all by those who survived the Bolsheviks.

Solio's picture

The U.S. and its friends can take care of anything anywhere.

 

 

Right guys? Guys? Girls?.....Robots?

Is anybody out there?!

tuetenueggel's picture

No, sorry, we´re closed.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Calling off exercises - wow now there is some heavy duty punishment. How about stop supplying SA with any spare parts or any weaponry at all?  While we're at it, tell the Israelis they're off the aid tit and if they want any more weaponry - they can go get SA's oil and pay for it with that. Otherwise they can fuck off. While we're on a roll, tell the EU that they can have their EU army. We're pulling out of NATO and so they can have what's left as a made to order army and the bill for the bases we leave behind is payable in Gold.

east of eden's picture

You 'think' you are 'on a roll'?

How much do they pay you to write this bullshit?

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Most guys can hide that they are a raging moron for at least 10 weeks. Congrats and go fuck yourself

Matteo S.'s picture

Don't you realize that NATO is the chains through which the US exerts hegemony over all Europe ?

NATO is very profitable for the US. Not very costly. If there was no NATO, no european country would buy US weapons. European countries would hold much less dollars in reserves.

Ending NATO would hasten the dollar's downfall.

tuetenueggel's picture

Turkey started buing in Russia.

Greece already does, Serbias does, Italy is starting. France too, wait and see.

GreatUncle's picture

Didn't but kind of learned it if you know what I mean.

Ditto for the IMF and the UN for preserving the hegemony.

Now where are their headquarters again?

 

tuetenueggel's picture

China will forward them insteadt to Norfolk simply to Dchiddah directly. Had been payed in advance.

researchfix's picture

"...tell the EU that they can have their EU army."

We don´t need that. We don´t see an aggressor. Pls do kindly remove every US personnell from Europe. And yes, we take responsibility. Thanks and goodbye.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

This piece is eerily similar to the lastest interview I heard with good 'ole Uncle Jim Willie, regarding the U.S. 'stepping aside'.   Definitely worth a listen.

Duc888's picture

 

I really like Jim Willie, he is correct many, many, many more times than he is wrong.  If you listen to Willie you could have seen this coming a year ago.

Mr. Pain's picture

"Ooh superman where are you now...

When everything's gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour."

https://youtu.be/a9VkkSYVgLY


ogretown's picture

Wow! Unwanted, arrogant America continues to blunder around in the ME - almost as if believing it is still the the 1960's and thinks it actually has a right to be there.  But beware!  Because like the ex-high school prom queen who has now turned into a fat drunk sitting on a bar stool, the old skank still packs a large gun in her purse.  Perhaps it is best to humor the old tart until she waddles home on her own accord.   

Boogity's picture

The saga of the incredible shrinking American penis continues.

NoWayJose's picture

Awwwwww, gotta respect ‘inclusiveness’ in today’s military! Let’s all hug!

romanmoment's picture

Best way to deal with Russia is to let it get sucked deeper into the ME wars.  Get our guys out of the ME and let Putin deal with it.  We can't lose.

east of eden's picture

Ahem.

You have already 'lost'.

tuetenueggel's picture

an it will be goin on and on and on and on and on.........

Zorba's idea's picture

..."The enemy of my enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, enemy's, Enemy...Nice work MIC/CIA/NSA. Finally! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! USA! USA! USA!

tuetenueggel's picture

Wait, just wait, Trump will have to get rid of little Kim first and then he takes Berlin after that Manhattan

or Moskau, Peking, Tokio ?

Don´t know. We´ll see.

tuetenueggel's picture

you began losing when idiot Bush attacked Iraq.

GreatUncle's picture

Afghanistan where they trained Al Quaida.

A note to oneself "do not train psychotic people to fire stingers" they tend to point them at people.

researchfix's picture

"Best way to deal with Russia is to let it get sucked deeper into the ME wars.  Get our guys out of the ME and let Putin deal with it.  We can't lose."

Excellent plan, let´s do that.

Juliette's picture

That escalated quickly! Yankee go home!

 

consider me gone's picture

“We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” said Col. John Thomas, a Centcom spokesman.

That is one smooth FU. Don't tell me nobody at least chuckled when they came up with that.
tuetenueggel's picture

US ha lots of human assholes in its military.

Garbadge from Up to down. Fom Head to toe.

kindasketchy's picture

"In the latest announcement, the Pentagon avoided any mention of future military sales, but analysts say a freeze of weapon sales is one of the greatest sources of leverage the U.S. could use in trying to resolve the diplomatic crisis."

Really? I'm pretty sure the Russians will sell the Saudis some real nice weapons. 

east of eden's picture

Well, at least where the Russians are concerned, the not only sell the hardware, but provide the logistics and troops to make them work.

tuetenueggel's picture

For much less money with much better quality.

Brazen Heist's picture

Who needs Russians when the Neocons are digging their own graves due to hubris?