U.S. to pay Russia $10 billion for Iraq backing

Russia gets its money and Qatar survives a coup attempt. Americans hear none of this news.


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Careful readers will remember that I said that was dragging its feet at the United Nations on America’s “kick Saddam’s ass” resolution because it was hoping for some guarantee that the $8 billion that owes would be paid. Well, here is the reassurance. In response to taken questions, a State department spokesperson said that could be compensated for more than $10 billion if they stopped their nuclear cooperation with Iran and allowed their country to become a nuclear waste dump.

One example is the potential transfer to for storage of spent reactor fuel currently held by third countries, much of which requires US approval for such transfer because the US originally supplied the fresh fuel to those countries. If the ns end their sensitive cooperation with Iran, we have indicated we would be prepared to favorably consider such transfers, an arrangement potentially worth over $10 billion to Moscow.

This kind of deal will lead to ultimately support the United States against .
Also, some other news that hasn’t been widely reported here in the States: an attempted coup in Qatar! Who knew about this? Anyone? Anyone? Seems that American troops helped put down a attempt against Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifah al-Thani on Oct. 12. High ranking i army officers were arrested and suspicion immediately fell on an Islamist organization and Pakistani and Yemini army recruits with alleged ties to Al Qa’ida.
The is big. Relations with have cooled since Sept. 11, 2001, and Al Udeid Air Base outside of Doha is the best alternative. If were moved out of America’s camp, the United States would have to rely on in Turkey and in the Indian Ocean to fly sorties against i targets. And most of the aircraft in the south would have to be carrier based, which would cut down on the number and frequency of sorties. It wouldn’t make an i operation impossible, but it would make it more difficult, I’ll wager.
What’s most worrisome, from a Pentagon war planner’s point of view, is the potential loss of , the continued refusal of to allow the use of its air bases and troubling Al Qa’ida attacks in Kuwait. None of these things is crippling individually, but in a worst-case scenario, America’s entire southern front in a Second Gulf War could crumble.