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The Administration’s Crocodile Tears Over Yemen

The Obama administration’s crocodile tears over Yemen [1] are impossible to take seriously:

As I noted in a response [3] to this, all of these things have been enabled and supported by the Obama administration. Washington’s concern for “Yemen’s future” has not been much in evidence for the last nine months. Instead, the administration has armed and fueled the Saudi-led coalition’s planes, helped [4] the Saudis to cover up their likely war crimes at the U.N., and stood by while the coalition blockaded an entire country to the point of famine. As it has done since March, the administration feigns concern over the disaster caused by the war that they have actively supported. U.S. officials have avoided criticizing the coalition’s campaign in public, and there is not much reason to believe that there has been much pressure on Riyadh in private to scale back or halt the campaign. Power isn’t likely to publicize that the U.N. holds [5] the Saudi-led coalition responsible for causing a “disproportionate” share of the civilian casualties in the last nine months, since the U.S. is partly responsible for causing those deaths. If the administration were interested in responding seriously to the grim news coming out of Yemen, it would cut off its support for the war and apply as much pressure as it could to get the blockade lifted, but it isn’t going to do any of that.

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5 Comments To "The Administration’s Crocodile Tears Over Yemen"

#1 Comment By Fran Macadam On December 22, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

Late U.S. empire pronouncements have morphed in so many ways to resemble late-Soviet empire mendacity. A tragedy for our world, and a profound disappointment for those principled cold warriors among us who believed there would be a peace dividend.

#2 Comment By Kudos to DL On December 22, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

Thanks again for relentlessly keeping this war before your readers, DL. If there ever was a “dirty little war”, the current war in Yemen is it. We are fouled by our role in enabling and protracting it.

#3 Comment By Darth Thulhu On December 23, 2015 @ 2:27 am

Kudos to DL wrote:

Thanks again for relentlessly keeping this war before your readers, DL. If there ever was a “dirty little war”, the current war in Yemen is it. We are fouled by our role in enabling and protracting it.

Agreed. More than any other behavior of this Administration, its active participation in this horror is unforgivably, utterly vile.

In Libya, and Ukraine, and Syria, one can seriously strain and try to argue good intentions and mere incompetence … but what we are doing in Yemen is just straight-up, irredeemable Evil with no coherent rationale at all.

#4 Comment By Cool CO Dish On December 26, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

Yemen has a larger population than Syria.

What’s going to happen when the place falls to pieces, as seems all but inevitable?

The thousands of dead, injured, starving, or diseased Yemenis to one side, what will it mean to have a population of that size adding to the flood of refugees and “migrants” already inundating Europe and America?

“Instead, the administration has armed and fueled the Saudi-led coalition’s planes, helped the Saudis to cover up their likely war crimes at the U.N., and stood by while the coalition blockaded an entire country to the point of famine. “

Put another way, we’re now doing for Saudi Arabia what we’ve been doing for Israel for decades.

And just as we were attacked on 9/11 by terrorists infuriated by the way we helped Israel stomp and starve the Palestinians, we can expect to be attacked by terrorists infuriated by what we’re helping the Saudis do to Yemen.

#5 Comment By Richard Parker On December 27, 2015 @ 11:35 am

The blockade would end yesterday if the US Navy was stationed off the coast and enforcing a no-fly zone. The US has not taken this action so therefore it wants the blockade to continue.