The $1bn hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals – Ft.com

Seal of the United States Department of State.

Seal of the United States Department of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read FT exclusive, where Doha reportedly paid al-Qaeda affiliate and Iran officials to win release of royal hunting party.

The $1bn hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals

This is possibly one of the best pieces of investigative journalism that I’ve read in years.

The thing is it’s hard to pick official US policy from bungling in events here, especially in the Obama years.  For sure, following recent terrorist attacks in the UK, people deserve proper answers.

Thoughts?

Trump’s NATO Article 5 problem | Brookings Institution

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Español: Bandera de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN). Polski: Flaga Paktu Północnoatlantyckiego (NATO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International think-tank, Brookings Institution, reports that the Brussels mini-summit is supposed to affirm the relevance of the alliance in the Trump era but there is a risk that it could severely undermine it. It highlights that President Trump is the only American president since NATO’s founding who has not explicitly endorsed Article 5.

Source: Trump’s NATO Article 5 problem | Brookings Institution

So far, Trump’s trip to the Middle East has gone surprisingly well and the US stock market has rallied accordingly.

But if Trump’s fails to affirm NATO Article 5, he’ll have an international crisis that will dwarf his domestic crisis over links with Russia.

I’m not a Trump supporter but his speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel were statesman-like even if he avoided a number of important areas that will anger liberals.

Thoughts?