Dirty tricks with the Allies – Trump’s new trend

After coming into office, Donald Trump began to reformate his Middle East policy, clearly pointing to Washington’s desire at any cost to fit into the rapidly reshaped Middle Eastern landscape.
In an attempt to establish himself in the Arab political field, Trump ignores the elementary principles of diplomacy, actively quarrels with yesterday’s allies and makes more and more enemies. Indicative in this regard can be the story of Washington’s flirtation with Riyadh and the participation of these countries (direct and indirect) in the blockade of Qatar.
Saudi Arabia had long planned to “crush” Qatar, but all the time looked back at Washington. While Obama was in the office, it was not possible to resolve this issue. With Trump’s coming to the power, the situation has changed. Trump’s first foreign visit to the presidency in Riyadh unleashed the hands of the Saudis. Believing in their own strength, they began to strengthen their positions in the region with particular zeal. At that moment, wanting to demonstrate the seriousness of their anti-terrorist intentions, the Trump’s administration was actively seeking an indicative sacrifice. Under pressure from Saudi Arabia, the choice fell on Qatar, who was accused of supporting terrorism and extremist ideology.
However, the attempt to “strangle” Qatar was not successful. Doha turned out to be ready for resistance and went on a successful rapprochement with new strategic partners: Russia, Turkey and Iran. As a result, Qatar not only found alternative food supply channels, but also acquired a sea and air corridor, kindly provided by Iran.
Qatar perseverance put Riyadh in a dead end, and forced to urgently seek a way out of the situation to save face. All hopes were placed on the United States. But it was a fail.
The US leadership suddenly softened its position on the Qatari crisis and replaced the actual approval of the blockade by Tramp with the call of Secretary of State Tillerson to negotiate and search for a compromise. Further more. Last week, in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Thani, Trump thanked Doha for fighting terrorism and extremism in all its forms. He also said that the US and Qatar have made serious progress in implementing the bilateral memorandum of understanding on combating the financing of terrorism, signed in July 2017. This statement looked like a clear spit of the US towards Saudi Arabia. In addition, the US president and the emir secured support in strengthening bilateral relations in the field of security and economy. And they discussed issues, which Washington and Doha realized could provide greater stability in the Middle East region.
Thus, Trump not only made it clear to Riyadh that he was giving up Saudi Arabia in favor of Qatar, but also skilfully absolved himself of responsibility for the blockade, blaming the Saudis.
However, such a rapid change in Washington’s position is quite understandable. The sharp warming of Qatar’s relations with Russia, Iran and Turkey threatened US military interests. Indeed, in Doha, 11,000 US troops are stationed at El Udeid base, as well as 100 American aircraft. Loss of such a strategic partner as Qatar (and even reaching for Russia and Iran) for the sake of Saudi Arabia is an unacceptable luxury for the United States.
The recent history of the rejection of the support of the Kurds in Afrin (which had previously been supplied with weapons by Washington), and now the apparent rejection of Saudi Arabia, testify to the readiness of the US to violate any moral standards for the sake of achieving its political goals. Well, it seems, ” Dirty tricks ” of its recent allies is becoming a new trend in Trump’s Middle East policy

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