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… 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?


23 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.

  6. Jewish Opinion on Mass Murdering Christians, Arabs, and Africans
    Nehama C. Nahmoud is the author of several works on Oriental, Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jews. She lives in Jerusalem. She wrote an article on the Jewish World Review on January 1, 1998 / 3 Tevet, 5758, titled “When We Were Kings”.
    The mentioned article glorifies Yusuf Dhu Nuwas (517-525 CE) calling him “Sheikh Yusuf Dhu Nuwas”.
    The second part of article is short but very meaningful and for the record here is what it says:
    [The most exciting and glorious period in the story of the Yemenites is set between the destruction of the Second Holy Temple and the coming-of-age of the founder of Islam, Muhammad (about 620 CE).
    The Arabs in pre-Islamic days were out-and-out idol worshippers; but those who lived in the cities, of course, were in constant contact with the large Jewish populations there, and even the Bedouin tribes who lived in the desert were familiar with the “People of the Book.”
    Moslem legend tells of a desert sheik, Tub’a Abu Kariba As’ad, who reigned as king of Yemen from 390 to 420 CE. He took his tribe north from Yemen to Medina (now part of Saudi Arabia) to fight the Jews of that city. But instead of conquering, he himself was conquered — by the words of Medina’s rabbis. He returned home with two Jewish scholars in tow and became a convert. His tribesmen were at first reluctant to give up their ideas and way of life, but Abu Kariba convinced them of the truth of Judaism and they, too, accepted the yoke of the Creator, thus beginning the Jewish kingdom of Himyar, as Yemen was called during that period.
    Accompanying this legend, archeologists have uncovered an interesting inscription from that period, carved in stone, with a sentence in ancient Hebrew appearing in the middle. The inscription tells about a building erected by a man whose first name was Yehudah and continues, “with help and charity of his G-d, the creator of his soul, the G-d of the living and the dead, the G-d of heaven and earth, who created everything; and with the support of His people, Israel; and by the authority of the King of Sheba; and by the authority of his tribal lord.” The content of the inscription is very different from Christian inscriptions of the same period.
    Yusuf Dhu Nuwas
    Sheikh Yusuf Dhu Nuwas (517-525 CE) was the last Jewish king of Yemen and was himself a convert. He inherited an inevitable situation from his weaker predecessor. When Dhu Nuwas began his reign, the kingdom was in a general state of deterioration, and the Ethiopians, meanwhile, had not lost a minute. They had moved their army into several cities, including the capital — even turning the main synagogue into a church — all without shedding a drop of blood.
    Neighboring Ethiopia had become Christian circa 327 C.E., during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine, who ruled from the Greek capital of Byzantium, and it was bent on expanding its spiritual, if not temporal, territory. The Ethiopians had infiltrated into Yemen gradually over the years since their embracing of Christianity. Backed by Christian Byzantium, they had made repeated efforts at missionizing among the Yemenites.
    Among Dhu Nuwas’ first acts as king was to unite all the princely factions in his territory into an effective army and to go into action. Sarhil Yakbal, one of his prince-commanders, wrote a description of Nuwas’ Ethiopian wars, the highlights of which were the battles of Ta’afar and Najran.
    The battle of Najran appears to have been an event which shook the entire region: some believe to have found an echo of this battle even in the Koran itself, as well as in Christian literature of the era. In fact, three related inscriptions were discovered near Najran in the 1950s, one of which gives us an intimate peek into life in Najran.
    It describes the city as a hotbed of Christian agitation against the king, ending in a revolt in which some Jews were killed. Christian sources acknowledge that the king requested Najran’s residents to surrender and live in peace, attacking the city only upon their refusal to do so.
    Reports of the fall of Najran stirred up the desire for revenge in the Christian world, and Yusuf Dhu Nuwas was killed during a subsequent Ethiopian invasion in 525 CE.
    An Arab legend has Yusuf ridding his horse into the waves of the sea and drowning; but two German researchers found a princely tomb in 1931, believed by some to be Yusuf’s.

    Some of the recent archeological discoveries linked to the old Jewish legends can be as imagination-stirring as the legends themselves. During the years of 1936 and 1937, excavations were carried out in the Amoraic-period cemetary of Beis Sh’orim, near Haifa. Archeologists came across four chambers containing sarcophagi and inscriptions in Greek. One read: “The people of Himyar”; another: “Menachem, Elder of the Community.” Pottery shards found in one of the burial chambers were dated at the second-half of the Third Century, CE. The Jewishness of the Tombs’ occupants is confirmed by both a shofar and menorah. It is surmised that the Yemenites brought their leaders to be buried in the Holy Land.
    The latest inscription pertaining to this legend is “Rechov Yusuf Dhu Nuwas” enameled on a modern street sign in the heart of downtown Jerusalem.] end of quote.
    Who Really is Yusuf Dhu Nuwas? He was a Jewish warlord who massacred and burnt Christians alive, set churches on fire and razed them to the ground in 520 AD in many cities in Yemen. Yusuf Dhu Nuwas committed real documented holocaust against Christians. He is celebrated and glorified by Jews, and by some Yemenis.
    Without the intervention of King Kaleb (ruled circa 514-543), King of Axum (situated in modern-day Eritrea and North Ethiopia) a lot more lives could had been slaughtered. After much fighting, Kaleb and his soldiers totally eliminated Yusuf and his forces and appoint Sumuafa’ Ashawa'(Smeaf’ Ashwa’ ( سميفع أشوع)), a native Christian leader of Dhi Yazan (named Esimphaios by Procopius), as his viceroy of Himyar.
    Kaleb eventually abdicated his throne, gave his crown to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem, and retired to a monastery. The Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates Kaleb as “Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia” on 24 October (O.S.) / 6 November (N.S.).
    What are the Origins of Israelite and Jews?
    The first part of this article “The Yemenite Golus” (“exile” from Yiddish, a term for Diaspora with a more negative connotation) starts with a very good question [The first question that comes to mind is: How — and why — did Jews get to such a backwater as Yemen?].
    The article suggested four theories for this answer:
    1. Ethiopian origin or influence;
    2. Jews were always merchants and traders and Yemen is a trading post;
    3. The classes of Kohanim, Levi’im, and ordinary Yisraelim and Levites who escaped during the rumblings of impending trouble with Babalonia; and
    4. Many Jews immigrated to Yemen from Persian-dominated Babylonia.
    None of these theories are valid. The answer for the origin of Israelite and Jews is simple and clear. The Israelite are from Southern Arabia they fled draught and lack of pasture to Ethiopia and remained there refugees for 430 years. Then they were expelled from Ethiopia, and the Exodus brought them back to Yemen.
    It is very important to draw clear distinctions between three different groups.
    First: the ancient Hebrews “sons of Israel” those who remained faithful to the Scriptures after the Exodus, few of them were left in Ethiopia and lesser are in Southern Arabia, and Yemen.
    Second: the unfaithful ancient Hebrews “sons of Israel” who invaded, colonized, and mixed with the Canaanite, after they rejected the original Promised Land in Asir.
    And the third group is the Turkic Persians who became the “Jews” and followers of “Judaism” who were invented by Persia after a fraudulent return from the Babylonian Captivity, who invaded the invaders and colonized the colonizers of unfaithful Israelite in Canaan.
    The Israelite rejected both the Scriptures and the Promised Land and faked the Exile, and the Exodus and forged the Scriptures to legitimize their illegitimate colonization of Canaan. Then came the Turkic Persians and dislodged the unfaithful Israelite by inventing the Jews and Judaism.
    Both the Egyptian and Babylonian Exiles were fake. The first Exile/economic refuge of Egypt (1876-1446 BC) was fake because it was in Ethiopia not Egypt. The second Exile/Captivity of Babylonia (585-535 BC) was also fake because it was only imprisonment of few hundreds from the House of David and their officials but it didn’t include the Israelite people.
    The Return from the second Exile/Captivity was made of hundreds of thousands of Turkic Persian colonizers claiming to be decedents of the few Davidic captives who never returned. The Turkic Persian colonizers are the first Jews and they took over the Semitic Hebrew Israelite, both in their original land in Southern Arabia and in the illegitimately colonized Canaan (not Palestine).

    1. First I must apologize for your comment went to my SPAM folder…..I appreciate your visit and your comment…I always enjoy history……chuq

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