The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.It's worrisome because this feels like the US should have more of a State Department for times just like this. I just don't know whether this was something on the US radar, what the national security implications are, or how this impacts US involvement in the area, which is entirely normal, because I'm just a civilian with a blog. It's just that I don't know the extent to which my government is prepared to deal with a major foreign policy shakeup.
The two countries have joined Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in cutting ties to Qatar amid a growing Arab diplomatic dispute with the small, gas-rich nation.
Both the UAE and Egypt made the announcement on their state-run news agencies within minutes of each other.
Qatari officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries started over a purported hack of Qatar's state-run news agency. It has spiraled since.
It worries me.
UPDATE: Just for added context--
QATAR— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) June 5, 2017
- Hosts US Central Command base
- Strategic relations with Turkey
- Only land border is with Saudi
- World's 3rd largest gas reserves pic.twitter.com/te50SY9w3v
Also--what does this have to do with Yemen and the Houthis? Also--is invasion the next step, since everything is obviously progressing quite quickly?