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Who Is Paying for the War in Yemen? – The Atlantic

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 11, 2018

Is this really a surprise? The Saudis already spent a bundle taking down the World Trade Center.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/12/pentagon-refueling-controversy-saudi-led-war-yemen/577666/

 

President Donald Trump, who repeatedly complains that the United States is paying too much for the defense of its allies, has praised Saudi Arabia for ostensibly taking on Iran in the Yemen war. It turns out, however, that U.S. taxpayers have been footing the bill for a major part of the Saudi-led campaign, possibly to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

The revelation—detailed in a Defense Department letter obtained by The Atlantic—is likely to raise further ire among senators who have grown ever-more critical of Saudi conduct in the war, which has resulted in a growing number of civilian casualties, and U.S. support for it.

Since the start of the Saudi-led intervention, in March 2015, and up until last month, the United States provided mid-air refueling for Saudi-led coalition aircraft that then flew missions related to the Yemen campaign. Getting heavy U.S. tankers into the air and carrying out this job is enormously expensive. The recipient country is required by law to pay the costs, but that isn’t what happened here. In a mea culpa of sorts, the Pentagon’s November 27 letter states that while the Defense Department “believed” Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “had been charged for the fuel and refueling services, they in fact had not been charged adequately.” How inadequately, the Pentagon will not yet say; it is “currently calculating the correct charges,” the letter states…

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America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why – Foreign Policy

Posted by M. C. Fox on August 20, 2018

There is a simple reason officials from both the Obama and Trump administrations have made no public efforts to justify the material support provided to the Saudi-led intervention: It is unjustifiable.

“If you ask why we’re backing this … the answer you’re going to get from most people—if they were being honest—is that we weren’t going to be able to stop it.” This constitutes gross strategic negligence: effectively allowing the poor decisions of Gulf monarchies to determine U.S. military policy.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/15/america-is-committing-awful-war-crimes-and-it-doesnt-even-know-why/

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The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

Gen. Austin answered with refreshing honesty: “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Gillibrand replied, “Well, I do hope you get the information sooner than later.” In other words, the military commander responsible for overseeing the provision of support for a new air war in the Middle East did not know what the goals of the intervention were, or how he could evaluate whether it was successful. The United States had become a willing co-combatant in a war without any direction or clear end state.

Two inevitable results have followed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saudi Warplanes Attack Crowded Restaurant at Northern Yemen Port – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. Fox on January 1, 2018

US efforts to improve Saudi targeting, mentioned in a recent post, have not panned out. The US military effectiveness is about the same as when we train and equip Iraq freedom fighters. The difference is the Saudis can’t defect to ISIS, you can’t have a one sided coin.

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/12/31/saudi-warplanes-attack-crowded-restaurant-at-northern-yemen-port/

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Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 28, 2017

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/11/03/bombshell-revelation-us-saudi-culpability-creating-isis-ignored-mainstream-media-trump.html

Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS | 03.11.2017 | OPINION

Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

Here it is, right from the horse’s mouth! Qatar’s former prime minister spills his guts about how his country worked with Saudi Arabia and Turkey under the direction of the United States – meaning then the Obama Administration – to funnel arms and money to jihad terrorists in Syria:

‘The explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda.” …  Former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who oversaw Syria operations on behalf of Qatar until 2013,… said while acknowledging Gulf nations were arming jihadists in Syria with the approval and support of US and Turkey: “I don’t want to go into details but we have full documents about us taking charge [in Syria].” He claimed that both Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (who reigned until his death in 2015) and the United States placed Qatar in a lead role concerning covert operations to execute the proxy war. Read the rest of this entry »

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The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 24, 2017

Woodrow Wilson, Churchill, Mattis and Netanyahu would agree the answer to the question below is a big, fat YES. Yemen is a supersized Gaza.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/11/patrick-j-buchanan/the-us-saudi-starvation-blockade/

Our aim is to “starve the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission,” said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill.

He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this starvation blockade that would eventually take the lives of a million German civilians.

Yet when we went to war in 1917, a U.S. admiral told British Prime Minister Lloyd George, “You will find that it will take us only two months to become as great criminals as you are.”

After the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, however, the starvation blockade was not lifted until Germany capitulated to all Allied demands in the Treaty of Versailles. Read the rest of this entry »

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