Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- 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

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