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Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry Support For Hamas Awkward Foreign Policy
BI ^ | Armin Rosen

Posted on 07/27/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT by blam

Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — And Support For Hamas — Shows How Awkward Foreign Policy Can Be

Armin Rosen
July 23, 2014

Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States. But this week, the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom with outsized geopolitical ambitions — and a seemingly bottomless pocketbook — might be setting itself up for more problematic relations with the U.S.

Last week, Qatar closed the largest sale of American weaponry so far this year, purchasing $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters. The sale revealed that Qatar hasn't exactly been lacking in strategic daring in the wake of its failed bet on Muslim Brotherhood-linked political movements throughout the Middle East, and its subsequent fallout in diplomatic relations with neighboring Gulf monarchies.

But the Gaza-Hamas conflagration casts a problematic light on the Qataris, who have been one of Hamas's most reliable international partners.

Then-Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani made the first official visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza of any head of state in October of 2012. During the visit, he pledged over $400 million in assistance to the territory, and some significant but currently-unknown amount of that money has ended up in Hamas's pocket.

Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider that Qatar is "believed to be the primary financier of Hamas," which has estimated annual operating expenses of around $1 billion.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Egypt; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: egypt; hamas; islam; israel; israelgroundop; middleeast; obamaforeignpolicy; qatar; qatarhamas
Obama sends $47 million of our tax money to the Hamas scum.
1 posted on 07/27/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Awkward hell, its criminal.


2 posted on 07/27/2014 3:27:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: blam

So the Administration sells “Weapons of War” to a “Safe Haven” for virtually EVERY TERRORIST Organization we know of, most also have their Headquarters located there, a Country that also OPENLY FUNDS Terrorist Organizations whose sole purpose in life is to Kill Jews and Americans, and All they can say is

AWKWARD???


3 posted on 07/27/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: blam; bert

Ping


4 posted on 07/27/2014 3:33:18 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: blam

Yes, it’s nice for the balance of payments to sell weapons. The companies involved lobby to the tune of millions of dollars. But it’s probably best to stop all weapons sales to the middle east. Instead, increase our oil and gas production and sell that world wide. It will further reduce their power and influence. (Remember we sold scrap metal to Japan. We did get most of it back, but at the cost of thousands of lives.)


5 posted on 07/27/2014 3:35:41 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: blam

Israel should nuke Qatar..... and Mecca while they are at it.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 3:40:29 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: blam

“Obama sends $47 million of our tax money to the Hamas scum.”

Expect the House to begin Impeachment proceedings against Obama for violating two laws.

1. Providing funding for a terrorist organization (Hamas ).

2. Expenditure of federal funds to Hamas without Congressional approval.


7 posted on 07/27/2014 3:41:48 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Sherman Logan; Star Traveler

PING.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 3:53:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: right way right

Medina as well; go for the Trifecta!


9 posted on 07/27/2014 4:03:28 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: cripplecreek

No you pronounce the name of this sovereign country erroneously as “GUTTER” or as some wrongly say “CUTTER”. THe actual name of the country in country is QA — TAR.. Sounds like KAH TAR. I am amazed at the ignorance of the media and others who mispronounce the simple name of this country.


10 posted on 07/27/2014 4:08:46 PM PDT by rlapuma
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To: rlapuma

I couldn’t care less how the name of that gutter is pronounced.

Crap hole or Nuclear test site would be fine names for the place.


11 posted on 07/27/2014 4:12:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

You are right!! GUTTER because it is a GUTTER!!


12 posted on 07/27/2014 4:27:41 PM PDT by rlapuma
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To: blam

Yes, he sens aid directly to our enemies. In a sane world he would have already been impeached for treason.


13 posted on 07/27/2014 5:10:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Oliviaforever

You assume that the Republicans in the House have guts, balls, and a backbone.


14 posted on 07/27/2014 5:12:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Oliviaforever

“2. Expenditure of federal funds to Hamas without Congressional approval”

I know congress holds the purse strings, so I was wondering how Hamas got our tax dollar. How did he go over congress?


15 posted on 07/27/2014 5:54:53 PM PDT by make no mistake
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16 posted on 07/28/2014 6:40:08 AM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: blam

Look for HAMAS to get more of the Gaza folks involved as human shields.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 6:44:58 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: blam

Aw, come on. Lighten up! Awkward? This IS the Iranian Jarrett & company’s foreign policy. They have been on the mark with every decision they’ve made. They support those who want to destroy our nation and kill our people. They are traitors and should be tried as such.

Simple to me except the banks control the politicians. What if every patriotic American withdrew all their money from the banks and sold all their stocks then started their own little town banks. It’s a Wonderful Life if you are willing to give it all up.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 8:36:09 AM PDT by huldah1776
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