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America`s self-contradicting relations with Qatar

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ON one hand - barely a week ago, the American President called on Qatar to stop funding 'terrorism', it also told other Gulf states to shun their diplomatic ties with Qatar while on the other hand the US has deployed warships to conduct joint manoeuvres with Qatari Navy. Moreover, the US Secretary of Defense is reportedly discussing and analyzing ongoing and future US-led military campaign with the IS with his Qatari counterparts.
The point, however, Washington is sending conflicting signals both to Qatar and its longtime ally countries in the Middle East about its clear position on the diplomatic crisis. Additionally, we mark conflicting stances on the Qatar crisis between the US Secretary of State and the US President. Given the mounting suspense over sacking of topnotch public office bearers in America, we won't be surprised if any more is fired in the next week.     
Concerning the contradiction, last Wednesday, the US Defence Secretary is reported to have invited his Qatari counterpart for the signing of the sale of F-15 fighters. According to Pentagon sources, the $12-billion sale will give Qatar a State-of-the-Art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar, but the question is didn't such military cooperation and interoperability among the two countries already exists? Or is Qatar being forced to procure American weaponry or pay the penalty for not buying?
Also according to a reliable Qatar News Agency the agreement would boost the Emirate's Defences by creating some 60,000 jobs in the United States. Apparently, the United States seems like blackmailing a Gulf state for materialising its hidden financial and domestic interests. However, we expect other Middle-Eastern, African and Asian countries to closely follow the contentious developments surrounding the Qatar crisis, and draw valuable lessons so not to step into premeditated conspiracy traps.
The geopolitical reality in the Middle East is getting smoky and foggy, and America's somewhat confusing deportment on the Gulf is clearly indicating more countries might become potential serious victims of the sinister American game plan.  More seriously, it is the rift between the US President and the numerous public office holders which is dividing the US and making it more complex for other countries to deal with it. This should not be allowed to continue because for the fear of a bigger crisis which may hit the world anytime soon.

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