Qatar's government foments regional unrest, funds terrorists, and supports Iran. Despite this, the emirate's massive lobbying efforts have proven effective, and the U.S. now plans to supply it with advanced military equipment, said the Middle East Forum.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress last month of its intent to sell 24 Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment to Qatar for an estimated $3 billion.
Making these weapons available to Qatar imperils the United States. The Qataris might turn them over to Iran or make them available to Sunni Islamist forces in other Middle Eastern countries, scenarios the Pentagon myopically refuses to consider.
This isn't just a U.S. concern.
A coalition of moderate Arab governments has cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar due to its support for organizations such as Al Qaeda, Hamas, and ISIS; its close ties to the mullahs in Iran; and the role of Al-Jazeera and other state-controlled Qatari media in fanning the flames of regional unrest.
The Middle East Forum asked all Americans to contact their senators to let them know that they oppose the sale of American weapons to Qatar. And to ask that they vote for the discharge petition related to Senate Joint Resolution 26, which will bring it to a floor vote.