The US stance on Saudi Arabia and its allies’ hostility toward Qatar, including an outright blockade, has not been particularly consistent in the last couple of weeks. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert took a more direct position against the blockade today, but that is just raising more questions.
Nauert very directly faulted the Saudis for their move against Qatar, noting neither they nor other nations involved have offered any details to back up their allegations, and suggesting that the blockade was not about Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism, but long-standing grievances among GCC countries.
This is largely in keeping with what you’d figure would be the US position on Qatar, a long-time ally, but runs contrary to President Trump, who personally took credit for the Saudi-led move and has repeatedly parroted Saudi allegations against the Qatari government since then.
Nauert addressed this, insisting that the US position “has not changed” on Qatar despite the wildly inconsistent statements of policy, noting that “the secretary likes results,” and that the State Department is unhappy with the long-standing tensions within the GCC fueling this issue with no steps toward resolution.
The Saudis have suggested they’re going to issue a list of grievances at some point soon, but it’s not clear when this will happen, or if it will be different from their massive list of demands early in the blockade. Either way, the lack of clarity on what they’re actually accusing Qatar of, as the laundry list of allegations continues to grow, isn’t lending itself to a negotiated settlement.
5 thoughts on “State Dept Suddenly Takes Hard Line Against Saudis’ Boycott of Qatar”
Are we just pretending that the Saudi’s don’t put Qatar to shame, terrorism wise? Not that Qatar is innocent but comparatively speaking the Saudis have few peers.
You don’t say! ROFLMAO!
Nauert is correct; the U.S. has been consistently incoherent.
Nonetheless, the Qatari Emir has not mysteriously fallen ill and Al Udeid still host’s CENTCOM.
If the good Emir should have an unfortunate accident and U.S. air ops moved back to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, then there’s probably a problem.
Saudis spending 100s of millions to bribe, lobby congress to stop nine eleven victim families from being allowed to go to Federal Court seeking to learn Saudi Involvement and support for that crime… They are the Kings of terrorists…. No one does it betta…. 3000 dead..in New York on that September day…… What did QATAR ever do that could even cum close to the Saudis on 9 eleven..
Israel is probably the kingpin of terrorism; their new allies the Saudis are useful idiots. Its obvious the Saudi’s aren’t very good at the Great Game but they sure seem to enjoy being pawns.
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