Trump will be regretting change in Qatar stance

Trump will be regretting change in Qatar stance

The renowned global magazine, Foreign Policy, recently published an article on the actions of the US President Trump pertaining to Qatar. Knowing what this prestigious magazine highlighted is a great idea since it brings together the opinions and analyses of many.
The United States of America does possess the leverage required to stop Qatar from collaborating with not only Iran but also the Muslim Brotherhood. However, it does not seem the US, headed by President Trump, is willing to make use of that leverage.

The fact is that the unpredictability of Trump in the Middle East has been contained so far, more or less. However, this status quo might just be about to change. Most recently, his administration completely changed tracks on Qatar, increasing the possibility of a conflict erupting in the Middle East. After all, Qatar is currently stuck in a dispute with the major Arab allies of the United States.
The dispute arose out of the support provided by Qatar to extremist and terrorist outfits such as the Muslim Brotherhood. As such, other Arab nations asked Qatar to immediately end the political and financial support to the organization and boycotted the nation. Qatar was also known to have ties to various other terrorist groups operating in the Middle East such as Al Qaeda and Hamas. Additionally, Qatar has strategic and military ties with Iran, which was also required to be stopped under the terms of the boycott.
Trump originally sided with the Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the other countries who put the boycott in place. However, he has now gone back and changed his track completely. Most recently, Trump actually hosted the emir of Qatar in Washington and enjoyed a positive meeting with him. This was followed by the US Secretary of State asking Saudi Arabia to lift the boycott.
Of course, doing so will certainly be a massive strategic mistake. It might also turn out to be a grave one for Trump. Qatar has used the boycott to intensify its ties to Iran whose connections with various terrorist militias are well known. At the same time, Qatar has continued supporting the Muslim Brotherhood which has been responsible for spreading chaos and its extremist agenda across the region.
If Trump chooses to ignore this aspect of Qatar, it is certain to backfire as Qatar will amplify its support for extremist agendas. The only way to stop Qatar from associating with terrorists is to force it. The US has the tools necessary to make this happen but it needs to work with Saudi Arabia and the other nations into leveraging them in the right manner.

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