Congress Votes To Cease Support To Saudi Intervention In Yemen. Trump Is Ready To Block Bill

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Congress Votes To Cease Support To Saudi Intervention In Yemen. Trump Is Ready To Block Bill

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On November 28th, the US Senate advanced a bill that could end US military involvement in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.

The Senate voted 63-37 to advance the resolution, which if actually passes would completely end US military support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

This advancement allows for a possible final vote on the bill in the following days. The Trump adminsitration has threatened that the President will veto the resolution if it passes Congress.

Earlier in the same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate in a closed-door briefing that weakening US-Saudi ties over the killing of Khashoggi would be a mistake.

“The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading US-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the US and its allies,” Pompeo wrote in a blog post shortly before the briefing.

During the briefing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “no direct reporting” connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of the US resident journalist, and Defense Secretary James Mattis said there was “no smoking gun” making the connection.

Several senators, speaking to reporters after the briefing, said they were not satisfied with the administration’s stance on its support for Saudi Arabia in the war on Yemen, and called for Prince Mohammed to be held accountable for Khashoggi’s death.

“We had a briefing today that was very unsatisfactory,” Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in floor remarks. “As to whether the crown prince was involved in this killing, I believe that he was. I believe that he ordered it. I do not have a smoking gun, but what I do know is that he was in charge of this agency that carried out the killing.”

“The Saudis have gone off the rails. They’ve killed more civilians this year than any year prior in the Yemen war,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said. “They obviously made a giant strategic error in abducting and murdering Jamal Khashoggi. So, a lot has changed in the last few months to get us to this point.”

“The bombing of children in a school bus and other civilian targets, is not something I want America’s fingerprints on,” Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and senior foreign policy leader, said. “I call on the administration again to develop a cogent strategy and work with other nations” to bring an end to the civil war in Yemen

Following the mid-term elections in which Democrats had a sweeping victory, the Senate has now enough power to reassert congressional authority over US military action in the region.

“We are assisting them in targeting the areas in Yemen where they’re going to drop their bombs,” said Senator Richard Durbin, the No 2 Democrat leader in the Senate. “The United States has not been on the sidelines. We’ve been involved. Our military, the best in the world has been involved in helping the Saudis with this invasion of Yemen. They’ve discontinued the fueling mission, but other things continue. And the question we have to ask ourselves now is, why are we there?”

This all follows Donald Trump saying that good US-Saudi relations are important for Israel.

As well as the rumors that the US would block the UNSC ceasefire draft resolution, which was already quite watered down by the UK. The resolution praises Saudi conduct in the intervention and shifts the entire blame on the Houthi.

It is quite apparent that no matter the conduct, the Trump administration will continue its support of the Kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman, as well as of Israel.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Congressmen and Congresswomen appear to have drawn the line on Saudi Arabia’s questionable conduct and are attempting to undertake action.

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  • Garga

    Sorry to be cynical, but if it’s US government, I doubt that anything good comes out of it.
    They voted to “consider” debating about stopping the US military aid in Saudi/Emirati imposed war on Yemen. Really? OK, now they have 2/3 of the votes, now they move on to debate, however long that may take. How bureaucratic of them! (no disrespect to people like Sen. Sanders)

    One minor thing, unlike Fat Mike and Mad Dog who attended and tried to convince the Senate to leave Saudis alone, the CIA director’s seat was empty. Apparently she didn’t attend because the White House demanded it. Trump is worried that senators lose sleep over the murder tape.

    If Trump is stupid enough (he definitely is) to veto the Senate’s vote (if any) to stop US aid in Yemen war, with a reasoning like being nice to Saudis is good for Israel, it would be another confirmation for Americans that he’s a dual Saudi/Israeli bitc# instead of their president.

    Again, I don’t buy it that Saudi weapon purchase is that important of a matter for the US economy and job market. Apparently, $ hundreds of billions of Saudi arms purchase is in reality about $14.5bn. One single order to buy passenger jets from Iran was more than that and probably created more jobs, but it wouldn’t fill Trump’s and his handlers’ pockets and Iranians aren’t interested in buying Kushner’s #666.

    • zman

      Your cynicism is well founded. Nothing the corporate congress does is to be taken at first glance. When this Khashoggi crap started, I said that this had to be a psyop. There is no reason for any of the public outrage that has erupted, as much worse has occurred with no fallout. I think that Sibil Edmonds has a very good take on this. As for the difference between sales of weapons vs sale of civilian jets…which is most important to Israel? Trump will do whatever it takes to please the Israelis.

  • Tommy Jensen

    UK can take over the support of the Yemen war if Washington pulls out…………………………….LOL.

  • World_Eye

    There so typical, you can see that the US people don’t want a dirty war and want war in Yemen to stop.
    But my dear people you can see who is involved in the killing and everything, with this the american people are telling the world that their president is neck deep in killing business in Yemen, and by cutting ties with the Wahhabi Trump will lose billions in weapon sells. With this you can see who is pushing for war in Yemen, the one and only the winner of all greetings for MR. Fucking Trump and his amdinstration of crazy fuckeads as Bolton, Pompeo. The typical usual suspects, old white guys with power ready to destroy and burn all on their path.

    • Concrete Mike

      It doesnt matter which puppet is in the chair.

      Obama was “young” and black…he still bombed libya and funded al nusra in syria.