Sometimes the US sets examples for the world to emulate and the world prospers…and sometimes that emulation turns sour and the ugliness of the US foreign policy peeks through.
The Yemen conflict is one of those examples….after years to total devastation of the country of Yemen the Saudis have invaded…..
The Saudi-led invasion of the vital Yemen aid port of Hodeidah has been slow going, and that’s fueled a lot of complaints from aid groups about the disastrous consequences of them taking the city. This has the coalition planning a major escalation.
Official are now saying that more than 10,000 additional troops will be sent against Hodeidah, both trying to shore up parts of the province already captured, and starting a new offensive against the city itself “within days.”
This new force is going to be heavily built around the Sudanese military, which has just recently dispatched thousands of troops to join the war. Sudan was part of the Saudi-led coalition from the start, but this is their first major involvement in the ground war in Yemen.
Hodeidah is the only aid port under the control of the Houthi movement, which controls about half of the country. The port is the lone source of food imports for about 70% of the country, and the fall of the city is expected by many to turn the country’s chronic malnutrition into a famine impacting millions.
The US has stood by and allowed the Saudis to create a humanitarian crisis on the Peninsula…Hell we even supplied the Saudis with their weapons of destruction without saying a word about their barbarity.
Finally with the invasion on-going the Pentagon has finally spoke up……
Tuesday marked a significant shift away from the US government’s several years supporting the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is now demanding an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, and peace talks within the next 30 days.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also demanded that the Saudis and UAE completely cease airstrikes against populated areas. This is a long time coming, as those airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians.
The goal, it seems, is to set up a “solution” to the conflict at some point in November, when all factions would meet in Sweden. The US is not saying what this “solution” would look like, but previously the peace talks have collapsed more or less immediately, based on demands that any resolution involve the total disarmament of the Houthi movement, and the Saudi-backed factions returning as unquestioned rulers of the entire country.
Demands are good but we will see just how much influence the US and Trump has with the Saudis…
On a side note…..remember when that journalist was murdered by the Saudis and the President said that we owe the Saudis so much because of the massive arms deals?
In justifying his decision not to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, President Trump has repeatedly claimed vast numbers of high-paying jobs would be created from the deals. Most recently, he has claimed 500,000 jobs would be created.
In reality, arms companies have been freely admitting this is false. The official line is that some jobs will “probably” be created by the deal. When they’re asked for estimates, the major arms-makers put the figure around 500, not 500,000.
It is the act of a hollow little person that puts a price tag on human life.
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