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DECEMBER 2021

Rand Paul Leads Push To Block Biden’s $650 Million Arms Transfer To Saudis

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Rand Paul Leads Push To Block Biden's $650 Million Arms Transfer To Saudis

US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), via CNN

Originally published on ZeroHedge

The Saudi coalition war against Houthi rebels in Yemen has witnessed an uptick in intensity this past week and month, with the Houthis on Saturday saying they’ve launched several missile attacks on Saudi bases and oil refineries in the kingdom’s south.

The timing is interesting given the Biden White House’s recently announced plans to transfer at least $650 more in weaponry to Riyadh, despite prior Biden pledges to help end the war in Yemen. Specifically the proposed sale involves what’s being dubiously dubbed “defensive” air-to-air missiles or AMRAAMs, as well as 596 LAU-128 missile rail launchers (MRLs).

This week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been leading the charge seeking to kill the large missile sale to the Saudis. His office told the foreign policy D.C.-based think tanks Responsible Statecraft that “A message needs to be sent to Saudi Arabia that we don’t approve of their war in Yemen.”

“By participating in this sale, we would not only be rewarding reprehensible behavior but also exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” Sen. Paul said. To be successful in stopping the sale he’ll have to get Democrats on board.

On Thursday he was joined by Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in introducing a resolution to block the transfer, which argues that Saudi war crimes in Yemen prevent the US from legally doing so. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) had already days prior introduced a similar resolution, “It is simply unconscionable to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia while they continue to slaughter innocent people and starve millions in Yemen, kill and torture dissidents, and support modern-day slavery,” she had said.

A report by Responsible Statecraft noted that the Congressional and legal debate will likely hinge on whether the weapons are indeed “defensive” or “offensive” – with the latter being what Paul and others have emphasized:

Other comments speak to what could be the sticking point for many others — the difference between “offensive” and “defensive” weapons. At the beginning of his term, President Biden pledged to end all assistance to Riyadh for its “offensive” operations in Yemen. In the months since, analysts have scratched their heads over what that really means and whether the administration would find loopholes through which to drive new arms sales to Saudi Arabia anyway (there is one, approved by the Trump administration, still on hold).

What’s been described as the “forgotten war” in Yemen has raged since 2015, with for much of that period the Pentagon providing direct assistance to Saudi-UAE coalition airstrikes against Yemeni Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

Prior US involvement in the Saudi-waged war grew increasingly controversial, given the high civilian death toll – amid a total estimated death toll of over 130,000 Yemenis killed.

Though it does appear that over the last two years the Pentagon has moved away from active or direct involvement in executing airstrikes, the US has still provided the Saudi-UAE coalition with the bulk of the military equipment (and training). Sen. Paul’s resolution is seeking to shut down the US-Saudi war machine in Yemen entirely – however, hawks say that such a move will only strengthen Iran, given Tehran’s covert support to the Shia Houthis.

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Ronald

The Pentagon has been using the excuse that the Houthi are somehow an extension of Iran.
That they follow the same school of Islam, does not make them Iranian, or Iranian servants.
More smoke and mirrors.

Chris Gr

Most regional states support the Houthis but most international powers support the government of Hadi.

jens holm

The choises are stability getting the oil or not. We also tell the Saudis Our oppions about how they are and how we thibk they should be.

The side is Oil. Before that it was coal in Aden and maybee coffee from Mocca, when it has a harbour.

Well there was a few things more. Its a rainy fertile land and do have some few minerals.

Chris Gr

Saudis were on the side of the winners of the Cold War. Iranians the same. On the other hand, Iraqis or Yemenis were with the losers. And they are paying this.

jens holm

There are lines for that:

Winning a war is easy. Making the peace afterwards is much more difficult.

And one more. The same people winning the wars are not the ones, which can run the peace.

Im a kind of that in miniscale. After winning some local disputes well and make people into normal conditions having a life a gain – I retreat.

For me and the rest here its much better to be a good number two then a bad number one.

Loke

Kære Jens, selv som dansker kan jeg som regel ikke forstå hvad du prøver at skrive på engelsk. Hvis det lykkes mig at forstå hvad du skriver, så er det noget vrøvl som ikke engang de mest pro-amerikanske medier ville turde at prakke deres læsere på.

Hvis du har deltaget i amerikanernes/oligarchernes krigsforbrydelser i Dansk uniform, så burde du søge professionel hjælp. Det nytter jo ikke noget at fortsat støtter og “beskytter” dem der har misbrugt dig.

God bedring

jens holm

Du forstår ikke, hvad jeg skriver fordi Du er opdraget i et andet og mindre avanceret sprog og tænker i det. Så derfor er dine forståelses oversættelser også begrænset.

Du har ret i mit eneglst er noget mærkeligt. Det skyldes, jeg ikke har skrevet nogetsomhelst engelsk i 60 år. Derfor er meget af det meget mundtligt og også med stavefejl.

Men Jeg kan sige dig een ting. Amerikanerne forstår og kommenterer mig ganske livligt, hvor Jeg skriver meget om Covid fx sammenlignet med, hvad Vi og de gør.

Jeg skriver også en del om uddannelse og hvad SAnders kan give dem, hvor også andre landes systemer burde være en forbedring for dem.

…Og Jeg får faktisk svar.

Slutteligt har Jeg fra Afghanistan været imod Vores deltagelse i disse nytteløse krige. Det er Jeg stadig.

Jeg mener ikke vi skal spilde milliarder på dem og istedet sætte hegn vest for istanbul og i Caucasus.

Fint nogle diktatorer og deres satelitter er dræbt. Det fortjente de. Men ikke resten. Hvis de vil slås indbyrdes bør det være med bue og pil eller spyd.

jens holm

Øh, det er kun 50 år:)

jens holm

Jeg har skrevet om mellemøsten siden 1967 på dansk og i Danmark. Efetre det er min viden faktisk ret stor. Jeg følger godt med.

Det er ikke min fejl disse folk i lighed med russerne end ikke kender deres egen historie og diverse lande med nationalisme sætter folk op mod hinanden.

Så derfor har Jeg kommenteret de mange faktuelle fejl udfra let tilgængelige kilder, når man dels har bøger og dels har frit internet.

Udfra dette er det korrekt ret mange af de, der ikke ved bedre eller er hjernevaskede ikke rigtigt kan følge med, når Jeg også kommer med mine egne meninger.

Jge har lige kommenteret en ren moron af de værste, som kalder sig neil Postman. Han kender ikke, at Postman også hævdede at undervisning er revolusionær aktivitet, og altså man ikke kan forandre noget, hvis man ike har den nødvendige viden.

Lone Ranger

Nice, but a bit too late when humplytrumply sold weapons to the Saudis worth a $100billion.

jens holm

Weapons are used, so they need new ones. Thewre has been ups and downs. Saudis cant buy the most advanced weapons anymore, because some of them were given to ISIS.

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