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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east of eden's picture

And so now you've lost Arabia too. You.are.going.down, the hard way.

AurorusBorealus's picture

This is a joke.  Saudi Arabia has enormous stockpiles of USD and is the foundation for the petrodollar international system.  If it can not buy U.S. arms, Saudi sells its dollars, and the petrodollar ends.  The U.S. is as dependent upon Saudi Arabia as the Saudi fanatics are dependent upon the U.S. .  U.S. "pressure" on Saudi Arabia is a joke.  The U.S. has no way to pressure Saudi Arabia except by threatening suicide, like a deranged housewife trying to control her philandering husband.

tuetenueggel's picture

They will buy russian equipment, the best world has ever seen.

Forget old iron from MIC

Father ¢hristmas's picture

That's okay.  Chi- errr, I mean, Russia can supply the peace-lovers with their new military armaments.

And yeah, the objective of both US foreign and domestic policy has always been global central authority, not America Fuck Yeah.

That is just some ol bullshit that conservatives use to garner votes to maintain a particular corporatocracy as they plod on with the Great Work.

Bonus Lightning Round: It was always odd that the white establishment would desire a white ethno-state here.  Considering the "race realists" ideology that all races with the exception of Asians are fucking dumbasses compared to crackers, would not it be moar beneficial to prop up and develop a populace of brown tax cattle devoid of serious political or financial ambitions?

Why would a socioeconomic enclave of white movers and shakers want an electorate that questions anything about anything? That is just fucking stupid.

It is similar to the Jews openly disparaging Christ.  Why the fuck would you do that, instead of just pretending to convert and co-opting the whole damn thing?i

YourAverageJoe's picture

This is not bad news.

Think of the money saved


css1971's picture

Saudi is key to the petrodollar. Without them, opec, de-dollarisation will accelerate.

Laughing.Man's picture

Why would the Saudis be relevant if the claims of them running out of oil is true?  It's my understanding that OPEC is pretty much a dead organization since its members can't even agree on the simplest of things.

William Dorritt's picture

OPEC exists as long as the US keeps all of it's carbon energy untapped and in the ground,

Trump has opened the spigot even more than the Frackers who Mohammad Obama tried to block.

Friedrich not Salma's picture

Maybe someone here can explain what this means to Trump's $110 Billion arms deal from just a few months ago.

east of eden's picture

Cancelled. THe Saudi's obviously prefer survival to association with a failed and decaying empire.

researchfix's picture

Well, this weapons deal also was some kind of survival. Or prolongation of survival. SA cannot operate this amount of weapons, they can only put them into warehouses.

francis scott falseflag's picture

And 6 months from now the Russian/Saudi weapons sale may be cancelled.

rejected's picture

Although most are blind to it the US is dead man walking. It's economy is in tatters mainly due to deindustrialization and its addiction to massive deficit spending. Russia, China and others are like Hyena's just waiting for the fall.

east of eden's picture

Well, I would say that China and Russia are like lions, moving in for the kill. 

tuetenueggel's picture

US and its shithouse NATO are rabbits.

William Dorritt's picture

China and Russia couldn't and don't have to kill the US.

30 years of control by the Globalist uni-party in DC has bankrupted the country and shipped the source of it's wealth to China.

Trump is the final and only hope for the US, voters recognized this propelling him to a landslide despite massive election and voter fraud.

95% of the fake news articles are negative on Trump, serial killers get better treatment by the press.


francis scott falseflag's picture

US voters only recognized one thing last November:

Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill MUST NOT return to the White House.

Trump is the same egotistical pos as he was 20 years ago. 

tuetenueggel's picture

come on guys, We Germans are awaiting your unconditional surrender. Fast.

historian40's picture

The Germans have their own issues to work out.

Martin Schulz- "For me, the new Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people."
read more:

The ONLY reason.  That's called slavery friend.

researchfix's picture

Yeah, we have to sink the motherload, the muttiload...

spqrusa's picture

Germans are too busy bending over for the Rapefugees...

Fireman's picture

More like dead man squalking as the orange blob coagulates to a brown turd.

"28 pages" anyone?

Jack Oliver's picture

Yeah - throughout your life - you get FUCKED over by a few !!

Sweet revenge is ALWAYS on your mind !!

GreatUncle's picture

Disagree on this point, the how.

"Russia, China and others are like Hyena's just waiting for the fall."

in this world those at the top will sell everything to jump ship, will be no fall you will be sunk below the plimsole line by them.

tuetenueggel's picture

Saves lots of money but not USA. They´re broken ak broken can be.

historian40's picture

Amazing some of the posters here and elsewhere.  So, it's bad if the US arms the Saudis, but it's good when the Russians do it.  That pretty much shows your colors folks.

It's no less hypocritical for Russia than it is for the US to be arming this "monarchy" construct of the Brits.  Just like it's just as disgusting when the Russians cowtow to the antichrist jews as it is when the US does it.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Are you even aware of how many assumptions you are making there in just a few sentences?

historian40's picture

What assumptions?  I'm basing my statements on what Tthey" claim is happening.  What did I miss or where did I go astray.  I'll be glad to have a conversation.

francis scott falseflag's picture

At the moment the Saudis have NO Russian weapons.  So it might behoove you to wait

until SA actually uncrates some before you go riding off on your pompous ass. 

researchfix's picture

"So, it's bad if the US arms the Saudis, but it's good when the Russians do it. "

It is always because...! US weapons sales create war money, Russian weapons sales deny US war money. See?

historian40's picture

Nope.  I don't see.  The user is the factor.  Knowing how SA has used weapons sold to them by the US, and are still using in their attacks, Russia has no excuse.  They know how they will be used at this point.

Lost in translation's picture

You aren't too bright, are you, Mr 13-week...

GreatUncle's picture

Lol I got a FEMA camp bed reserved do you?

el buitre's picture

The S-400 is essentially a defensive weapon.  The Russians may have, as part of their sales contract, that it not to be based anywhere outside of Saudi borders.  I expect that to be the case.  If the scumbag Saudis violate that, the Russians can cut them off from parts and technical assistance.  

gdpetti's picture

Not to worry: Senate ratifies THAAD sale to the House of Saud

Meanwhile, it seems obvious where our ISIS freedom fighters get some of their training:

historian40's picture

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, beheading is the most humane form of punishment ofr capital offenses.  Frankly, the behavior of "ISIS" is just what yo'd get from Pharisaism(judaism) who feel no need to mask their actions.

el buitre's picture

I thought it was stoning women.

Fireman's picture

The formerly I$I$ backed IOU petroscrip chosen racer Saudi Mercan dollah just got flushed. Jeeeez the free loader free lunch is over. USSA can now eat itself.


Onward to Slumville and the civil war reloaded with or without the Paddock patsie!

gnjus's picture

No more military excercises for ISIS fighters ? :( 

cheech_wizard's picture

I view this as a (temporary) good thing. Think of the (temporary) cost savings. 

At least until the next (police action) war breaks out.


DaBard51's picture

For those who point at American adventurism, regard also the other adventurers on this planet.

Careful, you must be, for what you wish.

See the sidebar of the wikipedia article.


When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Anteater's picture

The one really impressive part of Choeung Ek, beyond the 

tower filled with skeletons and the excellent museum of the

Pol Pot horrors, is a large old tree in the middle of the killing

fields, where people were bludgeoned into the graves at its

roots, 1,000s and 1,000s of string and bead wrist bands are

tied and stapled to the truck of the tree, from all the visitors.


The Cambodians are such lovely people, and the country is

so beautiful and uncrowded, put it on your bucket list. Also

visit the coast at Kep, then up and around to Ankor Wat,

on past the tourist temples to Jayatataka and Preah Khan.


Before you hit the airport again, stop at Tuol Sleng, then go

find the Boeung Keng Kang Market and buy a red dragonfruit.

Eat it in the park nearby, and thank the stars you made it!

bobzibub's picture claims the Saudis bought Russia's S400 missile defense system. It would explain this.
Oh, and the US just approved Thaad.

Anteater's picture

THAAD and PATRIOT have 50% hit ratio in pre-scripted tests

where they already know the 1) launch point; 2) launch time;

3) calculated trajectory and 4) the target. You can figure the

odds yourself for unscripted real theatre missile assault: <1%.

In fact, I believe the US was caught programming Patriots to

detonate at the altitude Scud missiles disintegrated anyway,

then calling that a 'hit'. They must have been on pay-per-hit

in Israel, the only country with an active US-manned battery!

And Israel refused to sign the Joint Defense Treaty with USA!!

Let's see Trump undo that 'bad deal for America', ha,ha,ha,ha.

He'll be curtsying to get an 11KT ghetto chain from Netanyahoo.

moorewasthebestbond's picture


<--- Arab Goat Fuckers

<--- Arab Allies

Jack Oliver's picture

Russia has displayed their strength in Syria - Its a bit like an undefeated champion boxer - once he is KO'd - well - everyone is willing to have a crack !

KSA has NO future as a US 'ally' - Putin KNOWS giving KSA 'options' is the only way to stop the massacre in Yemen !

S-400 is 'insurance' - because the Zio/US is going to be very FUCKING pissed with the KSA !!

Well played Putin !!!

GreatUncle's picture

Well played Putin !!!

The west played the wrong game and got found out after that and once it hit the conspiracy news, the evidence overwhelming all got exposed by Putin.

Do not tell lies unless you know you can keep them is more appropriate.

Going forward there is going to be alot of bad blood on this.


pizdowitz's picture

What would you do if you were given assurances that the oil will go up to $200, and suing for the "9-11" would not be allowed, and then found out that both were pathetic lies. More so, that the king might be soon very naked indeed? A reliable, if weaker, partner is worth more than a powerful one, but a weasel.

Some say that Putin taught the world how to win, and always get away with it. Some say that it is actually the US, having made and unmade two world wars, and getting ready for yet another. I think that it is much simpler: double-down as a strategy works only until someone calls the bluff.