Qatar has recently signed two arms contracts worth £24 billion with the UK to purchase 24 Typhoon fighter jets. A week earlier, it signed contracts worth more than €10 billion to purchase 12 Dassault Rafale fighters and a letter of intent for the purchase of 490 armored vehicles from Nexter.

Last November, the US administration concluded a $1.1 billion arms deal with Qatar, after the signing in June of a military deal worth $12 billion to buy F-15 fighter jets. Then two months later, in August, Qatar purchased seven Italian naval vessels worth €5 billion ($5.91 billion). Later, a deal was signed with Germany to buy 62 Leopard 2 tanks and armored vehicles for €2 billion. On top of that, Turkey would supply armored vehicles and drones worth $2 billion. Major arms deals were made with Russia and China.

Doha signed $40 billion worth of arms deals in less than a year. The plan was not to arm the Qatari army, but to win the support of major powers in the crisis with the anti-terror Arab quartet.

The purchased weapons and equipment exceeds the needs of the Qatari army. They are for the most part offensive weapons, which is surprising given that the Qatari air defense systems are weak and there are no missile defense systems.

Qatar and other countries have the right to possess what they perceive as conventional armaments as long as the deals are legitimate. But what's clear is that Qatar made the deals not to meet security and defense needs but to respond to a purely political crisis. No army can easily adopt as many military technologies within one single defense system, especially if with such limited a number of personnel.

Qatar knows that a military strike from the quartet is highly improbable. Officials from the four countries made that clear and the current regional and international context makes it almost impossible. Many officials accused Doha of lying to win international sympathy and make a "political victory".

The huge spending on armaments is irrational. The national budget has been under great pressure since June so the regime has been using up national reserves regardless of any consequences that might have on the future of its people.

Now that it has lost billions of dollars, the regime is not likely to back down. However, with the persisting crisis, the Qatari economy is on a downward spiral. Running out of options to garner more foreign support, the regime should have known from the beginning that outplaying the quartet politically was not possible. With everyday economic losses, the time factor is not on their side.