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The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 10, 2017

Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the number of Yemenis who have died of malnutrition-related conditions, it is likely that the figure is much higher than the estimate of 10,000 killed directly by the Saudi-coalition bombing. United Nations agencies have estimated that 462,000 Yemeni children under five years of age are already suffering severe acute malnutrition, putting them at serious risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related disease.

The Saudi coalition has pursued a war strategy of maximizing pressure on the Houthi resistance by destroying agricultural, health and transportation infrastructure and by choking off access to food and fuel for most of Yemen’s population. The United States has enabled the Saudis to pursue that strategy by refueling the Saudi-led coalition planes bombing Yemen and selling the bombs. Equally important, however, the US has provided the political-diplomatic cover that the Saudis need to carry out this ruthless endeavor without massive international blowback.

As Madeline Albright likes to say in such situations of US enabled mass human suffering “It was worth it.”

Furthermore the commander of Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, has called Yemen a “vital interest” of the United States, 

Why is a poverty stricken hell hole like Yemen a vital interest to anybody in the US besides McDonnell Douglas or Goldman Sachs?

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