Anti-war groups have been cautiously hopefully in recent weeks that the U.S. would withdraw support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen following widespread outcry over Saudi Arabia's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—but those hopes were dashed late Tuesday when House Republicans moved to stop a long-planned-for vote from going to the floor.
Paul Ryan must have a heart of stone. He wants to keep aid going to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is doing the same thing to Yemen that the US & UK have been doing to Iraq. In this case, the US is practicing what it preaches. It continues the wars it started & excuses Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen.
There are a few Democrats demanding an end to aid to Saudi Arabia. They should also demand an end to aid to Israel.
The catastrophe in Yemen caused by the arms brothers Saudi Arabia and the US will not cease until the Shiite Houthi ‘rebels’ are decimated to the point of no return. This is another proxy war fought on Yemen soil with the long term goal to weaken Iran (also mostly Shiite and considered an arch enemy by Sunni SA):
Why would we expect the leaders in the United States to care about people and their children in another country when they don’t even care about the people living here in the U.S.? The current power structure in the U.S. is a danger to the people of the world which includes the people of Yemen and the people of the United States.
Yes, and how many of us regular people feed on and contribute to maintaining the capitalist system? We are all wound up in this and participate in the so called benefits but also the detriments (which are long term, frequently hidden). We have to break free from our illusions and confusions but that is not easy when we are under forms of control that we don’t even understand. We are learning quickly though.
The utter depraved indifference and slavish alliance of the trump regime to Saudi war crimes and US support for such, makes America complicit to the crimes and slaughter. We would be far better-off aligning with the Houthis and others rather than our current choices that drag America even more into racist for-profit war.
The R’Con trump regime are without conscience or morality, and only think about their narrow extremist views and gaining some perceived advantage by alliance with both the Saudi and Israeli mass murderers and racists. THAT makes America party to the Crimes Against Humanity of both those racist killer regimes, but fit perfectly with the trump regime and its pathological members beginning at the “top” with the clearly mentally challenged/insane trump himself…every position he has filled in his contemptible war-monger racist regime has been of people at least as absent wisdom, integrity, truth and moral compass as the “leader” himself! ENOUGH!
I’m a bit curious as to what the general public’s response would be to the government if they tried to raise an army via draft for a huge or long lasting war? What am I saying, long lasting war? That’s the only kind we have now.
I like your post but would like to add another issue within our immediate borders. Us, the most recent colonizer of central and south am has MILITARY TROOPS at our border to control the destitute families running away from the results of those policies/actions. There are thousands of children incarcerated in concentration camps in many states across the country. Where is the outrage ? Have you seen any ? Where are the moral congressmen and women ?
If the citizens of most countries do not voice anger against government’s actions in the far outreaches of their own country, they should at least be extremely angry and worried about the illegal use of military within our borders. The constitution does not sanction use of military within the country unless they are being attacked. Refugees from oppression and hunger do not qualify.
A couple of small notes: The Houti sects are not Shiites but were feeling quite threatened by the Sunnis’ encroachment on their historic lands. Once the " guns and ammo " sales crowd got into the fray, the shxt started hitting the fan. A sales ban on weapons ( sound familiar ) would of made this easier to settle.
Incidentally, Iran helped by stirring up the mess even more, but these Houti mountain dudes are a lot tougher than they look, apparently.
When Steny Hoyer isn’t being a bald-faced liar, he’s snoring. I really doubt this snakeoil salesman would allow this vote either unless Sen. Cardin ( Uncle Ben’s Converted ) gave his warmest blessing, so to speak. BTW-The State of Maryland has a symbiotic relationship with the MIC. The place would collapse without that $$$.
And, OhBummer is still a lackey for the MIC and the Police & Security State. He’s spinnin’ his damnest to run away from his culpability; but whether it’s Yemen, Libya or our own troops on our Southern border he’s up to his neck in it all.
Israel was created in 1918, after WWI, as a British Protectorate. It remained a British territory for about 30 years so that they would have a military colony in the middle east, mostly to protect maritime trade routes and control the global distribution of oil and other goods. Kuwait fell under British control shortly after WWI as well. Israel was allowed to declare independence in 1948, after WWII. Also in 1948, the allies who had just won WWII created the Bretton Woods agreement which would govern the global first world economy after that. Israel’s independence as a nation legitimized it because it was no longer a protectorate under the control of Britain but a sovereign ally. Also, in 1948, the UK lost India, the crown jewel of its empire, and that was the beginning of the British empire’s long-awaited sunset. In the late 1950s, the Suez Canal crisis created the first major challenge to the international trade routes that western powers wanted to protect. The UK failed in its negotiations to solve the crisis, but the US stepped in and negotiated a solution. That is when global hegemony switched from the British empire to the American empire, and also when Israel fell under the influence of the US instead of the UK. Britain lost even more power and legitimacy because of its failure to handle the Suez Canal crisis. It is no coincidence that only a couple of years later in 1960 the UK lost almost all of its African colonies. Saudi Arabia became a key player after the Bretton Woods system, which was not even 25 years old yet, collapsed in 1971 and left the US dollar with nothing to back it because there was not enough gold. Desperately, the US made a deal with Saudi Arabia to sell all oil in dollars which created a kind of phony backing for the US dollar. Less than 50 years later, that system is collapsing too. The US empire is in the process of losing Egypt (a key protector of the Suez Canal for western interests), Turkey (another major player in the middle east that is furious about US support of PKK-related groups considered terrorists in Turkey) and now Saudi Arabia too. US aspirations to establish influence in that part of the world is failing badly, the US is being pushed out of Syria in a horribly embarrassing loss and the US empire is now in a similar situation as the British empire in about 1948.
France is losing its empire as well. That is why they still have a military presence in Africa. Mali voted on a referendum recently to declare independence from France, but it failed because the dependence on the colonizing nation would make it impossible for them to survive on their own.
All of this is the decolonization process that is driving refugees from Africa to Europe and from Latin America to the US. The imperialist powers are losing in a very ungraceful way and the dark period of colonialism in human history is collapsing chaotically because of it. Saudi Arabia is one of many former US colonies that will fall away, or have its alliance severed because of the violent aggression that has characterized most of these former empires.
If I sounded optimistic about the speed and success of the decolonization process and the decline of capitalism, it was not intended. Decolonization is almost as brutal and colonialism was. Another example is playing out today. Theresa May’s political career could be over soon because her Brexit plan was focused more on preserving the British empire than on creating a system that would benefit the people. It is more important to her to keep Ireland under UK control than to free England from the control of the EU and create trade deals that actually benefit the people. It is another excellent example of prioritizing empire over a functional, free and autonomous society. Let’s hope she is gone by the end of tomorrow, but right now she remains defiant.
Also, I think climate change will probably be the cause of human extinction.