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Yemen proves US needs to get a handle on war-making powers

Jason Ditz

Source: Antiwar.com
by Jason Ditz

“With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations ongoing across Africa, the US has seemingly more wars than ever going on. President Trump has been giving the military increasing autonomy in those wars, and the feeling of loss of control is palpable. It’s been years since Congress has willingly asserted its authority on war-making in any serious way, and the president too is now delegating much to the generals. The American public’s ability to give meaningful input on America’s wars is far more limited.” (01/10/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/jason/2018/01/09/yemen-proves-us-needs-get-handle-war-making-powers/

2017 review: Yemen

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Kyle Anzalone

“On the night of Trump’s inauguration, he approved a raid on al-Qaeda in a village in central Yemen. Two Americans were killed in the raid: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Williams and 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki. Nawar was hit in the neck with a bullet and died in her grandmother’s arms. … Another early move for Trump was to reinstate precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia. Late in Obama’s Presidency, Obama blocked a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Saudi massacring over 150 people at a Yemeni funeral. Other than those small changes Trump’s policy on Yemen has been the same as Obama’s: provide the Saudi’s with the military support and diplomatic cover needed to enforce Saudi’s will over the people of Yemen or to kill them all.” (12/29/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/2017-review-yemen/

Saudi Arabia: Explosion heard over capital as witnesses claim ballistic missile was “intercepted and destroyed”

Source: The Mirror [UK]

“Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces [claim to] have shot down a ballistic missile fired towards the capital by Yemen’s Houthi rebels [sic]. The Saudi-led military coalition [invading] Yemen [claimed] it had intercepted the missile south of Riyadh. A spokesman for the Houthis wrote on Twitter that the rebels had fired a Volcano 2-H missile towards the al-Yamama royal palace in the capital. Witnesses described hearing an explosion as the missile was destroyed overhead. Footage posted on social media shows a plume of smoke in the air after the projectile was intercepted by Saudi Arabia’s military.” (12/19/17)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/riyadh-explosion-blast-heard-capital-11720389

Arabian chaos

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Deutsche Well reports from Yemen that the on-going war has shifted as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis. It is more than a bit confusing: ‘A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite rebel targets on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in an apparent move to bolster forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh against their former allies, the Houthis. On Saturday, Saleh said he is open to discussing the conflict with Saudi leaders, after his alliance with Iran-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis collapsed earlier this week, marking a major turning point in the conflict. … Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015 to prop up [the Saudi puppet regime] of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.’ Is anyone else reminded of the bizarre switches in alliances (and the propaganda) from the novel 1984?” (12/13/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/13/arabian-chaos/

Yemen: Saudi invaders kill at least 30 prisoners with air strikes

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 30 prisoners have been killed in Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen’s rebel [sic]-controlled capital, Sanaa, according to local media. Al Masriet, an online publication, reported on Wednesday that dozens of people were also injured in seven raids targeting facilities controlled by the Houthi rebels [sic], including the prison housing about 180 prisoners at the time of the attack. There was no immediate reaction by the Saudi-led coalition.” (12/13/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/houthis-saudi-led-raid-kills-prisoners-sanaa-171213114332935.html

Hands off Yemen

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“It is impossible to understand why Yemen finds itself in the horrific mess it does by looking at it solely as a Yemeni problem. Yes, the internal conflicts are real: the disenfranchised, frustrated Houthi rebels from Yemen’s north, now insurgent, have, as Shias, long been in opposition to Yemen’s central state, which has been accused of favouring Sunnis. And ever since Yemeni unification in 1990, the south has harboured secessionist dreams, which are now weaved in with the increasing presence of Islamists, both al-Qaeda and ISIS, in south Yemen’s midst. But those internal conflicts, those social and political dynamics, have been developed and mediated by actors external to Yemen.” (12/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/hands-off-yemen/

An audience with the tyrant of Yemen

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was reported killed in the capital of Sana’a, on December 4, 2017, when he seemingly was changing sides in the on-going and brutal civil war in that country. I actually met Ali Abdullah Saleh in December 2006, when I was president of the Foundation for Economic Education. I was part of a small delegation of American ‘experts’ invited by the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce to offer policy and institutional ideas to make Yemen more business-friendly, transparent, and attractive to direct foreign investment. We delivered a series of presentations in the capital city of Sana’a and in the port city of Aden. This was a ‘lost cause’ due to the imbedded corruption and rent-seeking spiders’ web of manipulative connections between Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, and private sector special interest groups that crushed almost all competition, innovation, and consumer-benefitting improvement.” (12/11/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/audience-tyrant-yemen/

Yemen: Saleh reportedly killed

Source: New York Daily News

“The former president of Yemen and a main player in its long-running civil war has been killed after an enemy faction attacked his house, according to reports. Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned from the presidency of the nation in 2012 after the Arab Spring, but has recently come back to the fore after rebels ousted his predecessor three years later. Those Houthi rebels’ [sic] [alleged] links to Iran [were used as an excuse for] a persistent air campaign from Yemen’s neighbor Saudi Arabia, further plunging the country into violence and competing claims for the right to govern [sic]. Houthis have recently turned on Saleh, however, and said Monday that they had killed their former ally.” (12/04/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/house-leader-yemen-civil-war-bombed-whereabouts-unknown-article-1.3676148

Yemen: War shifts as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis

Source: Deutsche Well [Germany]

“A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite rebel targets on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in an apparent move to bolster forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh against their former allies, the Houthis. On Saturday, Saleh said he is open to discussing the conflict with Saudi leaders, after his alliance with Iran-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis collapsed earlier this week, marking a major turning point in the conflict. … Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015 to prop up [the Saudi puppet regime] of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.” (12/03/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/yemens-war-shifts-as-saudi-led-airstrikes-back-saleh-loyalists-against-houthis/a-41633073

Why are we helping Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us ‘how things got so bad’ explains to us that, ‘it’s a complicated story’ involving ‘warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.’ No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country.” (11/20/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/helping-saudi-arabia-destroy-yemen