Yemen–Vital Conflict

Saudi Arabia has been bombing the crap out of Yemen for about 2 years and the US has been holding their hands behind the scenes during all this conflict.

SecDef Mattis has stated that the US should get involved more in the Yemen conflict because of the vital interests the country holds.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has been reported recently to be pushing for deeper direct US military involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, and it seems he’s getting backing from top Pentagon brass as well, with the Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel today arguing that the US has “vital interests” in participating in the war.

Officials are falsely presenting the US as basically uninvolved to this point, despite US in-air refueling operations and naval participation in the blockade of ships to Yemen. Votel also focused heavily on the idea of Iran being involved in the war, despite no real evidence that is the case.

Votel’s argument was split into two parts, with one arguing that Iran is “destabilizing the region” and that the US has to confront them militarily, even if in this case it just means attacking Shi’ites with little but tangential ties to Iran’s own brand of Shi’a Islam. He also argued for more US involvement to disrupt to local al-Qaeda faction, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Which doesn’t make much sense either, since the Saudi invasion all but ignored AQAP for most of its invasion, and has instead focused on fighting Shi’ites to the exclusion of everything else. It was this invasion that resulted in Shi’ite factions losing substantial territory to AQAP in the first place, territory the Saudis largely have not recovered yet.


Someone needs to ask and it might as well be me….what vital interests?

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East so we cannot exploit any resources because there is few little to exploit.  Then what “vital interests”?

Saudi is our butt buddy in the region….but with all the money, weapons and training that we have provided and they still need more help then maybe it is time to reassess our investment in the damn country.

So I ask again….what are these vital interests?


6 thoughts on “Yemen–Vital Conflict

  1. Umm… maybe it’s the market for guns, tanks, airplanes, fuel, ammo, & the subsidiary industry that is existent only if the fighting continues… or, maybe not. But, I rather think that’s pretty much the extent of our ‘vital’ interest in the country….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. The UK Prime Minister has been visiting the Saudis to ‘discuss’ the situation in Yemen. That’s double talk for selling more arms to the Saudis. Thee billion in revenue from them so far, and supposed promises to keep down the cost of oil. There is nothing worth fighting for in Yemen, but that’s not the point. It is a ‘proxy war’, with the Saudis on one side, and Iran on the other. Read into that the US and UK on one side, and Russia on the other. Both sides selling arms to each faction or country, boosting ‘Trade’.
    The laughable justification is ‘continuing the war on terror’, as usual.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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