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McCain’s Sickening Defense of the War on Yemen

John McCain reminds us that his foreign policy views are truly vile:

Had it not been for Saudi Arabia, Yemen would have reached a catastrophic situation, US Senator John McCain has said, according to pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

It isn’t news that McCain consistently takes the wrong side in every major foreign policy debate, but it is striking how committed he always is to the terrible positions that he takes. When the Saudi-led war on Yemen began thirteen months ago, McCain’s main complaint was that the U.S. wasn’t doing enough to help. A normal person might reconsider that position after a year of desultory warfare, indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, and the starving of an entire country, but not McCain. No matter how destructive a military intervention is, McCain will defend it as long as it is waged by the U.S. or one of our clients, and no matter how shameful and atrocious the war is McCain will conclude that everyone is better off because of it.

It takes a particularly deranged interventionist to believe that Yemen would have been worse off without the Saudi-led intervention, when outside intervention clearly exacerbated every problem Yemen had and added a few ones. It is undeniable that the coalition has done an enormous amount of harm and has only made existing conflicts in Yemen worse and harder to resolve. Yemen was already a poor country with many serious problems, and the Saudi-led intervention turned it into one of the most catastrophic humanitarian crises of this century. Yemen has reached a catastrophic situation in large part because of the Saudis and their allies with U.S. and British help. It is sickening that we have members of Congress willing to defend what the Saudis are doing, but unfortunately it isn’t surprising. As far as John “Thank God for the Saudis” McCain is concerned, it is par for the course.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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