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Stop the War on Yemen: Pass H. Con. Res. 81

Reps. Ro Khanna, Mark Pocan, and Walter Jones explain [1] why they are co-sponsoring H. Con. Res. 81 to halt U.S. support for the war on Yemen:

We believe that the American people, if presented with the facts of this conflict, will oppose the use of their tax dollars to bomb and starve civilians in order to further the Saudi monarchy’s regional goals. Our House resolution is a first step in expanding democracy into an arena long insulated from public accountability. Too many lives hang in the balance to allow this American war to continue without congressional consent. When our bill comes to the floor for a vote, our colleagues should consider first the solution proposed by the director of Unicef, Anthony Lake, for stopping the unimaginable suffering of millions of Yemenis: “Stop the war.”

I applaud the Congressmen for their leadership on this issue. It would be easy for members of Congress to ignore what is being done to Yemen with our help, and challenging U.S. involvement in any war is always an uphill battle, but if any war involving the U.S. should be challenged and halted it is this one. The U.S. policy of enabling the Saudi-led war on Yemen serves no American interests, but more to the point it is a completely indefensible war that brings enduring shame on the U.S. for our role in helping to make it possible and keep it going. The chief reason to halt U.S. involvement in the war is that by doing so it will make it much more difficult for the coalition to continue its intervention. That will create an opening to negotiate a lasting cease-fire so that Yemen’s appalling humanitarian crisis can be properly addressed and a more stable political settlement can be negotiated. It would also extricate the U.S. from a disgraceful campaign that has made our government complicit in coalition war crimes, and it would reassert Congress’ role in matters of war after almost two decades of abdication.

We are all familiar with the pro-Saudi talking points that will be used to oppose the resolution, so let me answer them now. First, supporters of the war will say that the U.S. has to support our “allies” as they “defend themselves.” This is wrong on all counts. The Saudi-led coalition isn’t fighting in self-defense, but rather to install a deposed ruler in a country that hates him. The threats that the Saudis now face from Yemen are the product of their intervention, not the reason for it. Most important, these states aren’t our allies, we have no treaties with them that oblige us to help them attack their neighbors, and the U.S. doesn’t owe them anything. War supporters will also conjure up the specter of Iranian involvement as a reason to continue enabling the wrecking of Yemen, but that both grossly exaggerates the extent of Iran’s involvement and fails to grasp that Iran benefits from having its regional rivals bogged down in an unwinnable war. Besides, even if Iran played the role that the coalition claimed the Saudis and their allies would have no right to devastate an entire country in response.

The House should pass H. Con. Res. 81. Ideally, it would pass by a wide margin, and I hope it does. Each time a measure to limit or halt U.S. support for the war on Yemen has come up for a vote, it has received more support than the one before it. I would like to think that is because decent people in this country are naturally horrified the more that they learn about this disaster and our role in it. Members of the House will have the chance to go on record whether they want our government to continue enabling an atrocious war. I urge them to vote to stop U.S. involvement so that the war on Yemen may finally be brought to an end.

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#1 Comment By in the balance On October 10, 2017 @ 9:53 am

“I would like to think that is because decent people in this country are naturally horrified the more that they learn about this disaster and our role in it. “

An encouraging sign: the current UN Secretary General didn’t completely fold (as Ban Ki Moon did) this year in the face of Saudi pressure to keep the Saudi coalition off the UN’s list of groups that have been killing children.

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The pendulum seems to be changing direction. You are among a very small number of people in the media to be thanked for tirelessly keeping the subject before us. I hope our congressmen pass this bill and help build momentum in the right direction, but you can be sure that Saudi and Israeli lobbyists are already threatening, blackmailing, and enticing them to vote it down.

#2 Comment By Stephen J. On October 10, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

Daniel Larson is to be commended for continually exposing this War Crime by war criminals in positions of power.
I believe Yemen is a Holocaust, and those responsible need to be put trial for crimes against humanity.

September 2, 2017
The Holocaust in Yemen

There is a Holocaust in Yemen, does anyone care?
Children are being slaughtered by bombs from the air
Their parents are being killed and their homes destroyed
Are world “leaders” guilty and of sympathy devoid?

Cholera is raging and disease is rampant
Help from humanity is notably absent
Instead “our leaders” supply the weapons of death
Today’s war criminals are of decency bereft

These blood soaked villains in luxury reside
And the helpless people of Yemen have nowhere to hide
Their homes are razed and reduced to rubble
Their hospitals are bombed which creates more trouble

They have nowhere to run and nowhere to go
As bombs from the sky rain down below
Victims of violence, their country is being destroyed
Everything is gone, that they once enjoyed

Head chopping war criminals and their western allies
Are responsible for the bloodshed and thousands that die
They are partners in war crimes, to which we must say, “Amen”
They are all responsible for the Holocaust in Yemen…

[read more at link below]

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#3 Comment By The Spruce Moose On October 10, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

Daniel, thank you for keeping a light on this subject. What we are aiding and abetting as a country is a national travesty. I’ve called my house representative, Duncan Hunter, to ask him to support this bill, although I’m afraid that he is very unlikely to do so.

#4 Comment By Hyperion On October 10, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

CALL YOUR CONGRESSCRITTER. Ask that they support the bill. Call even spineless reps like Hunter. Get on record.

#5 Comment By Clifford Story On October 10, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

I would write to Martha McSally (Arizona 2nd district) about this but experience has shown that she can’t hear the people of the district over the voices of the dollars she gets from the interests she truly represents. She is, for example, the 8th ranked member of the House in terms of money from the armaments industry, so there’s no way she’d vote for a resolution that might reduce the demand for that industry’s products. I certainly hope there will be someone more suitable to vote for next year, in the primary as well as the general election.

#6 Comment By Patrick Mong On October 14, 2017 @ 4:42 am

Your, E-mails and calls are having a tremendous effect!! Contact your U.S. Representative 202-224-3121 Demand they support *H.CON. RES. 81* – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in the Republic of Yemen. H.CON.RES. 81 to date with (30) Co-sponsors. Text: [4]