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Give Qatar a Break

The U.S. should mediate the schism in the Gulf. Otherwise, Iran and Russia will move in.
A tree grows in Doha.

A tree grows in Doha.

Photographer: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

A family feud has broken out in the Arabian Gulf, threatening a crucial American military base, and the best thing the U.S. can do is act as mediator. Unfortunately, that is not President Donald Trump's preferred role -- especially when he's on Twitter.

A coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, have cut diplomatic relations and barred travel and commerce with Qatar. That small nation, the world's richest per capita, has spent years trying to become a player in regional politics, often to the irritation of its Gulf neighbors.