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Republicans Block Murphy’s Antiwar Amendment on Yemen

Today Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy attempted to introduce an amendment [1] that would cut off all military assistance to the Saudi coalition, but the amendment was blocked from coming to the floor:

Sen. Murphy has been one of the leading opponents of U.S. support for the war on Yemen, and he should be commended for his continued efforts. Opposition to our despicable, indefensible policy in Yemen has been growing in Congress over the last three years, and there should be enough votes to pass the Murphy amendment if it came up for a vote. Republican leaders have done whatever they could to stymie all efforts to rein in and end U.S. military support for the Saudi coalition, and this maneuver is just the latest example of their shameful behavior. Opposing the war on Yemen is very important and necessary work, and it is imperative that more members of Congress join Sen. Murphy and the others seeking to end the war.

There is no justification for the ongoing U.S. participation in the wrecking and starving of Yemen. In addition to being illegal and unauthorized involvement in a foreign war, U.S. support for the Saudi coalition is profoundly unjust and contributes to the suffering and deprivation of millions of innocent people. More than eight million people are on the brink of starvation, and more than twice that number are expected to be by the end of this year. Innocent Yemenis die every day because of a war that the U.S. enables with its support and could stop quickly if it withdrew that support. Supporters of U.S. policy in Yemen cannot honestly defend what our government is helping to do to the people of that country, and so they would rather duck the debate and block the chance to vote.

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#1 Comment By Frank D On August 22, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

Cowards gotta be cowardly.

#2 Comment By b. On August 22, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

This is worse than a war crime, it’s stupid. The Grand Old Profiteers had every reason to expect that the Democratic Party leadership would have to derail this, and in the unlikely event Pelosi and Schumer failed to deliver for Israeli interests and Saudi weapons purchases, the GOP could have rightly blamed this on Obama.

But all that assumes that they are actually OK with admitting there is a malignancy here that needs to be rectified…

“cut off funds for Yemen bombing campaign until we know why we are hitting civilian targets”

Murphy himself is not taking the right approach here either. This war is illegal under the UN Charter, it is unconstitutional because it has never been approved by Congress, it is a crime because it is a campaign of collective punishment by engineering famine and pandemic, it is supported by the US primarily for arms sale profits, and it is another metastasis of the fraudulent use of the congressional malpractice we call AUMF by a rogue executive.

To stop the war in Yemen, the AUMF has to be repealed, and Congress has to debate US military operations and CIA illegal operations, in recognition of the constraints of the UN Charter. This would be a complete reversal for two decades and more of Congressional abdication of their responsibilities under the Constitution, but it is delusional to think that band aids like Murphy’s amendment will ever pass if the monstrous abomination that is the biparty foreign policy consensus is not challenged head on.

“there is zero benefit to U.S. security”
There is 100+ billion dollars in Saudi arms sales alone, blood money which Obama and Trump both were perfectly happy to solicit, accept and claim credit for.

As long as neither party can speak truth to one President or the other, we will have to assume that the lack of benefits to US “security” is not really the issue here.

#3 Comment By Stephen J. On August 22, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

As the saying goes:
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20

#4 Comment By Anonymous GOPer On August 22, 2018 @ 10:22 pm

“The Republicans” …

More information please. Which Republican objected to America stopping support for the Saudi campaign of killing and starving children and civilians in Yemen and exposing them to a cholera epidemic?

Which Republican did that?

What is his or her name?

One reason this catastrophe continues is because of a sort of haze, the sense one is given of things mysteriously happening almost of their own accord. But they don’t happen of their own accord. People are doing these things, and with things like this it is important to identify those doing them by name.

So. Which Republican did this? Which Republican Senator spoke the words objecting to Murphy’s amendment?

What Republican “objected” to basic decency? As a registered Republican, I want to know which member of my party wants America to continue Trump’s policy of killing children and spreading starvation and disease in Yemen.

#5 Comment By Daniel Larison On August 22, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

It was Richard Shelby of Alabama.


#6 Comment By Birminghamster On August 22, 2018 @ 11:16 pm

“Richard Shelby of Alabama.”

My senator. What a disgrace. I used to like and respect him. I wonder what happened. Trump, probably. At 84 you’d think he’d be old enough to know better, but maybe he’s too old to know better. Just re-elected, so voters can’t get at him anytime soon. He didn’t have to do this, and he should be ashamed of himself.

#7 Comment By Homestead On August 23, 2018 @ 3:38 am

“It was Richard Shelby of Alabama. “

I must say I’m surprised. I thought Dick Shelby had more self-respect. He’s been in the Senate a long time and served honorably, so far as I know.

Until now, anyway.

I’m appalled at his apparently willingness to serve Trump as a flunky, deflecting Murphy’s attempt to do the right thing and stop Trump from facilitating more Saudi Arabian war crimes. Maybe it was a mistake. I hope he reflects on it and doesn’t repeat it.

#8 Comment By Dishonorable On August 23, 2018 @ 5:13 am

“At 84 you’d think he’d [Sen Shelby] be old enough to know better, but maybe he’s too old to know better.”

Oh he knew better alright. When Shelby object to Murphy’s amendment, he admitted that what was going on in Yemen was “atrocious”. No excuse, really. He’s carrying water for Trump, who probably doesn’t even know or care what’s going on.

This is a real low point for the US Senate.

What’s that about the great “deliberative body” of our democracy? About the “Honorable Gentlemen and Ladies” who serve it? Shelby has disgraced himself. He has dishonored his state and betrayed the public trust.

#9 Comment By NC Big Top On August 23, 2018 @ 6:09 am

Birminghamster asks “I wonder what happened.”

The Shelby story is starting to emerge, and it isn’t pretty. It turns out that he gets contributions from weapons makers with Saudi Arabia contracts.

So it’s not mere stupidity or senility. It’s corruption of a strikingly gruesome and cynical kind. Because Shelby’s not just taking money from people who help the Saudis kill kids. What happened today was a quid pro quo: in exchange for campaign cash, he blocked other senators from trying to stop the Saudis from using his donor’s products to kill those kids in Yemen.

#10 Comment By rayray On August 23, 2018 @ 10:34 am

“It was Richard Shelby of Alabama. “

Least surprising news ever. Shelby has been steadfastly and honorably and salute-givingly corrupt for a long time.

#11 Comment By The Killing Floor On August 25, 2018 @ 4:00 am

On the Senate floor, Richard Shelby just helped the country that gave us the 9/11 terrorists. He used his position as a United States Senator to help Saudi Arabia kill children in Yemen.

His colleague, Senator Murphy, wanted America to stop helping Saudi Arabia kill Yemeni children. He asked for a vote on an amendment to that effect. But Senator Shelby objected, because Senator Shelby wants America to keep helping the Saudis kill Yemeni children.