Yemen: The War To Come

The US has become so involved in the Middle East that we seem to look for every opportunity to jump into another conflict….or as some say….a war.

We have been playing in the shadows of a conflict for several decades…that country is Yemen.

I have been keeping my readers up to date on this conflict…..my most recent post……

Source: Yemen–Vital Conflict – In Saner Thought

The latest comment from one of our enlightened leaders was from CentCom commander…Gen. Votel…….

As the White House is reportedly weighing deeper military involvement in the Yemeni civil war alongside Middle Eastern allies, America’s top commander in the region told Congress “there are vital U.S. interests at stake” in the fight.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. does not want Yemen to be used as a sanctuary for attacks against the U.S. and allies or for militants to choke off the Red Sea’s Bab el-Mandeb strait, which runs past Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula as well as Djibouti and Eritrea on the Horn of Africa.
Yes Irene…….the White House is considering a deeper involvement in Yemen…..

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked the White House to lift Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military support for Persian Gulf states engaged in a protracted civil war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to senior Trump administration officials.

In a memo this month to national security adviser H.R. ­McMaster, Mattis said that “limited support” for Yemen operations being conducted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — including a planned Emirati offensive to retake a key Red Sea port — would help combat a “common threat.”

But I ask if this is really necessary?

Does the US need to be doubling down in Yemen?  Isn’t our plate full enough?

While all eyes are focused on Syria, the United States is busy making extremely bad situation in Yemen even worse. In the wake of the recent Washington visit of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Trump administration has significantly increased its support for the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. But lacking clear objectives, a plausible theory of victory, or an exit strategy, neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia is playing a winning hand in Yemen. While there may be opportunities in Yemen and elsewhere in the region for U.S. cooperation with the Sunni Arabs in containing Iran, siding with Saudi Arabia and its partners in Yemen’s civil war has implicated America in a strategically ill-conceived and morally reprehensible military campaign and risks dragging the United States into a quagmire.

Source: Doubling Down on America’s Misadventure in Yemen

The Saudis two year air campaign in Yemen is causing a huge humanitarian crisis….so is the US interest in Yemen a way to protect the Saudis from the blow back coming for their inhuman attacks on the Yemeni population?

What is the end game for the US in Yemen?

We are told that it is to help crush AQAP?  Really?

Does anyone know the truth?  I do not believe it is anything to do with the press it is getting….how about you?

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21 thoughts on “Yemen: The War To Come

  1. Looks like things are heating up in the Korean Peninsular Area what with the Japanese Fleet joining our own in the nearby sea and China massing 150,000 troops along the NK border … How about the likelihood of a war there before a war in Yemen? Whadda ya think?

    1. Good question…..I checked on the Chinese troops and there does not seem to be much to confirm…..after Nk’s parade if he launches a missile then we will see if it is all bluff….chuq

  2. And we upped the troop presence in Somalia as well. Makes me want to re-enlist to see the world!

    1. Kinda reminds me of a poster from the 70’s….”Join the Army….see exotic places….meet interesting people….then kill them”……chuq

  3. haha.. I actually remember that one. Even though I was discharged as an E-4, which back then was a Buck Sergeant, NCO.. maybe I could be “invited” back as a… hmmm… Brigadier General?

    1. No way…you are smarter than the ones we have now….I made it out as an E-5…but I made that grade 4 times…I was not a model trooper…LOL chuq

      1. Yeah….like the old saying “if I’d known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself”…..LOL chuq

  4. I guess we can presume our Navy has those subs all mapped out(?) That’s a lot of subs for such a little nation… assuming they are all operational. They have dabbled in sub-launched missiles.. but I have to think the greater threat is simply their torpedo capability. I am not sure how many nuclear subs are assigned to a carrier strike force, but if the NK subs attack in pack formation they could pose a risk of even one torpedo making a hit.

  5. The Saudis are on one side in Yemen, and the US is on the side of the Saudis. It appears to be an eventuality. Proxy wars have a habit of becoming real wars. (Spain, 1936?)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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