January 16, 2015 | Quote
White House Support of Muslim Brotherhood Leaves Some in Middle East Puzzled
Qatar, in particular, relies heavily on the protection afforded its autocratic regime by the presence of the massive U.S. Al Udeid airbase on its soil. Regional expert Jonathan Schanzer, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, this summer told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittees on terrorism and the Middle East, that Qatar is “currently seen as Hamas’ ATM”, and added that threatening to pull out of Al Udeid would convey to the Qataris “that they will not enjoy the protection of the United States forever, so long as this relationship continues with Hamas.”
Such a threat appears not to have been made despite ample evidence of Qatari meddling throughout the Middle East.
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