During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner: Trump's Qatar tweets put Pentagon in a box
The oil-rich Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is one of the U.S. military's most stalwart allies, providing a sprawling, state-of-the art air base from which the U.S. directs wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
So when a presidential tweet implies that Qatar is a supporter of terrorism, it puts the Pentagon's primary spokesman in a tough spot.
"Do you consider Qatar a supporter of terrorism?" a reporter asked Navy Capt. Jeff Davis at his regular off-camera briefing on Tuesday.
"I'm not the right person to ask that," Davis replied, careful not to place himself in opposition to his commander in chief.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 6, 2017
Saudi Dispute With Qatar Has 22-Year History Rooted in Gas -- Marc Champion, Bloomberg
Where does Qatar go from here? To Moscow? -- Bob Bowker, Lowy Institute
Sarajevo 1914, Doha 2017? -- Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy
Trump the Peacemaker? -- Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate
The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news -- Bruce Riedel, Brookings
The Right Way to Confront Iran in Syria -- Alexander Decina, Council on Foreign Relations
Applying the ‘Bosnian model’ to Syria’s crisis -- Anton Mardasov, Al-Monitor
In an Era of Low Oil Prices, Oman Faces a Post-2011 Political Reckoning -- Robert Looney, WPR
US defense chief takes new hard aim at China -- Richard Javad Heydarian, Asia Times
How the Gulf row is blocking China’s new Silk Road -- Julia Hollingsworth, South China Morning Post
Pakistani rethink on Islamic pact points to growing schism -- F.M. Shakil, Asia Times
Congo President Joseph Kabila: 'I'm Not Going to Commit Suicide' -- Spiegel Online
Can Albania be saved from narco-government? -- Besart Kadia, CAPX
The Leaked NSA Report Is Being Read Backward -- Leonid Bershidsky , Bloomberg
A Vast Blockchain Experiment Could Change Russia -- Leonid Bershidsky , Bloomberg
Nationalism Puts Trump at Odds With EU Elites -- Christophe Barbier, Daily Signal