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The ‘Force for Good’ That Enables Mass Starvation in Yemen

Pompeo had very little to say about the war on Yemen in his Cairo speech [1], but what he did say shows that the administration remains as blinded by Saudi propaganda as ever:

In Yemen, we’ve assisted our coalition partners as they take the lead in preventing an Iranian expansion that would be disastrous for world trade and regional security.

Pompeo both understates the extent of U.S. involvement and predictably exaggerates the danger from Iran. There was no “Iranian expansion” underway in Yemen in 2015 and there still isn’t one, and to the extent that Iran has gained influenced over the last four years it has been because of the Saudi coalition’s destructive, atrocious intervention. Our involvement in and support for the Saudi coalition war and blockade have been a moral and strategic disaster for the United States, and the Trump administration is responsible for keeping that policy going the entire time they have been in power. It is telling that one of the only Obama-era policies that the Trump administration has fully embraced also happens to be the most indefensible and despicable policy that we have.

The Secretary cannot square his self-righteous pronouncements about America as a “force for good” with the policy of backing the Saudi coalition as it massacres civilians and causes millions to starve, and so as usual he pretends that the real problems are Iran and imaginary threats to international trade. Even if Iran posed the threat that Pompeo claims, it wouldn’t begin to justify what our government has helped the Saudis and Emiratis do to the people of Yemen. Our government’s policy of supporting the war on Yemen has already made us an accomplice in the preventable deaths of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from hunger and disease, and it has made us party to creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Our Yemen policy puts the lie to Pompeo’s propaganda and shows what happens when our government unquestioningly supports regional clients in their reckless and monstrous behavior.

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#1 Comment By Stephen J. On January 10, 2019 @ 1:29 pm

I don’t believe they are “blinded by Saudi propaganda…” I believe they are just as evil as the Saudi war criminals and the coalition they support.

#2 Comment By Christian Chuba On January 10, 2019 @ 5:29 pm

Compare Pompeo’s self-righteous, delusional, lies to Iran’s rational tone …

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Why Yemen Meeds UN Truce Monitors
“Due to the criminal blockade, millions are relying on food rations from the World Food Program and other aid groups, and if the Saudis prevent these humanitarian programs, they can and should be held to account at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. ….
The UN Security Council should pass a resolution that says the US military is not authorized to assist Saudi Arabia as long as the truce holds.

Every single word they are saying is true and filled with actual concern for the Yemenis as compared to the posturing of our blowhard. How God does not strike us is beyond me.