U.S. Approves $1 Billion Deal to State Sponsor of Terrorism
The Biden administration announced on November 29 a $1 billion sale of antidrone defense equipment to Qatar. The deal includes:
- 10 anti-drone detection and counter systems
- 200 anti-drone interceptors
- 5 United States government officials and 15 U.S. contractors to help deliver, install and provide training for the systems
More sales to come? In January, the Biden administration upgraded its relationship with Qatar by designating it a “major non-nato ally.” This gave Qatar preferential access to purchase, install and operate U.S. military equipment and technology. Qatar is currently awaiting U.S. approval to purchase four armed MQ-9B Predator drones.
Benefits for the U.S.: Domestically, the administration is dealing with self-inflicted high energy costs. Being one of the largest suppliers of liquid natural gas in the world, Qatar represents one potential solution to that problem. In terms of foreign policy, the State Department said the sale would “support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”
A friendly country? Apart from Iran, few other nations have supported radical Islamic terrorism and opposed American interests more than Qatar. A few examples of Qatar’s support for terrorism include:
- Funding terrorism through charities such as the Qatar Charity
- Sheltering several terrorist leaders such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man who masterminded the 9/11 attacks
- Allowing its government-run television broadcaster, Al Jazeera, to be used as a mouthpiece and recruitment tool for terrorist organizations
- Ensuring the Taliban’s fighters were paid better than the U.S.-funded Afghan National Army
- Continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood
This is only scratching the surface on the veritable mountain of evidence exposing Qatar’s diplomatic duplicity.
Obama’s foreign-policy legacy: In the October 2021 cover story of the Trumpet, “This Isn’t Incompetence. This Is Treason!”, editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained that President Joe Biden’s empowerment of radical Islamists isn’t a mistake, but a continuation of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
President Obama also empowered Islamists in many ways. In Egypt he helped oust President Hosni Mubarak from power and supported the Muslim Brotherhood. He allowed America’s outpost in Libya to be overrun by jihadis, who killed a U.S. ambassador and several soldiers. He failed to enforce his own demands on Syria, undermining America’s strength and leaving a murderous dictator in place. Most importantly, he empowered the most extreme elements within the world’s number one terrorist nation, Iran. He turned his back on the people of Iran who rose up in protest against their tyrannical leaders. And as the regime withered under economic sanctions, Obama threw it a lifeline: He authored the disastrous nuclear deal that gave the mullahs millions in cash and a clear path to build nuclear weapons!