July 20, 2017

Can Trump Find a Better Deal Than the U.S. Air Base in Qatar?

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalist Paul McLeary

President Donald Trump recently boasted that he could shutter a critical U.S. air base in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar, and “ten countries” in the region would line up to build a new base, “and they’ll pay for it.”

While there might not be ten, there are certainly other places in the Persian Gulf where the U.S.-led air wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria could be headquartered rather than the Qatari-built facility at al Udeid. But it turns out that the Pentagon actually has a pretty good thing going at the base, which costs the U.S. Air Force less to maintain per year than to keep the Pentagon’s military bands humming.

Read the full article at Foreign Policy.


  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...