Lawmakers Demand Trump Pump Brakes On Military Action In Yemen

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As conflict swirls over the recent U.S. bombing in Syria, more than 50 bipartisan lawmakers have demanded President Donald Trump seek approval from Congress before expanding U.S. military action in another Middle East theater: Yemen.

The letter sent this week came in response to reports that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to directly engage the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia’s war against the Houthis in Yemen, including a planned United Arab Emirates-led attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeida, currently held by Houthi rebels.

“Such an attack could push the country into full-blown famine, where nearly half a million children in Yemen are facing starvation,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who led the letter campaign along with Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

As Common Dreams reported in March, the U.S.-supported war in Yemen has already led the country to what one journalist described as “the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

Furthermore, “Direct U.S. hostilities against Yemen’s Houthis would run counter to your pledge to pursue a ‘disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy’ that protects American families in ‘every decision’,” reads the letter to Trump. “Indeed, according to U.S. defense officials, the U.S.-backed Saudi war against Houthis in Yemen has already ‘strengthened al Qaeda there’ and poses ‘a serious threat to U.S. security’.”

The lawmakers, who garnered 50 additional signatures for their missive, note that “Congress has never authorized the actions under consideration.”

In turn, they write:

Engaging our military against Yemen’s Houthis when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers clearly delineated in the Constitution. For this reason, we write to request that the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) provide, without delay, any legal justification that it would cite if the administration intends to engage in direct hostilities against Yemen’s Houthis without seeking congressional authorization.


As U.S. Representatives, we take seriously the right and responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of force, or to refuse to do so, as mandated by the Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Resolution. We expect that any direct military actions pursued by the administration against the Yemeni Houthis be brought before Congress for consideration and authorization for approval before they are executed.

“President Trump does not have the authority to send U.S. forces to battle the Houthis in Yemen, period,” said Lieu. “Once again, the administration appears ready to ramp up U.S. involvement in a complicated civil war without a clear strategy in place or the necessary authorization from Congress. A unilateral decision for direct U.S. involvement in Yemen would be met by swift, bipartisan opposition.”

The letter, and a full list of signatories, is here (pdf).

Just Foreign Policy, which supported the signature campaign along with other anti-war organizations, is now urging constituents to demand their lawmakers invoke the War Powers Resolution when they return from recess on April 25, “to explicitly prohibit military escalation in Syria and Yemen.”

“I can’t promise you that we can stop this catastrophe,” wrote Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy last month.


“But we used this exact same mechanism less than four years ago and were successful in stopping U.S. military action,” he continued, referring to the 2013 effort to stop then-President Barack Obama from bombing the Syrian government. “Given that the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children hang in the balance, isn’t it worth a try?”


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Mr.BlingBling's picture

Fuck them and their virtue signals. If they were serious they would de-fund war in Yemen.

HowdyDoody's picture

Time to show Ivanka some of the starved Houthi children. It will make her cry and tell her daddy to attack the bad people killing the chillun (that's the Saudis aided by the US)

fx's picture

That's why they won't show these dead children on TV. White helmets are probably very busy shoopting a whole set of series on gassed/bombed syrian children to be aired at prime time.

RiverRoad's picture

Move the UN to Yemen.  Do the world some good for a change.

Badsamm's picture

Queue the Sarin false flag in Yemen.

Laughing.Man's picture

The country that needs bombing would be Saudi Arabia.  If the children excuse doesn't work then accuse Trump of being King Salman bin Abdulaziz bitch.

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----_- (not verified) Laughing.Man Apr 13, 2017 4:36 AM

saudi prince has saved trump several times from bankruptcy by buying his worthless goods, giving trump financial aid.

saudis also own 50% share of fox news which is shilling for trump non-stop

(trump even mentioned it himself by accident)




saudi arabia itself is an european creation made by english bankers to keep middle east under control

Badsamm's picture

I think the Dulles brothers had their hands in it too

SoDamnMad's picture

The Houthis in their flip-flops and AKs and Kornets were holding their own against the Saudis with their M1As and MRAPS.

The Saudis graciously blew up the major port of Hodeima preventing the importation of food. This is causing the mass starvation of the kids. Game, set, match. This will launch another 10,000 suicide bombers into major western capitals.  Don't go blaming the Russians.

rahrog's picture

Of course we can blame Putin. This is america - land of the free stuff & home of bread & circus!


dogismycopilot's picture

Yemen. Here's a success story for you. 

Contractors Killed in Yemen

Death in Yemen: A nightmare ordeal, a haunting end

SoDamnMad's picture

This first sergeant goes to Yemen as a UN contractor to do what exactly. Fix the Saudi M1As. Tell someone why the Houtis in flip-flops are kicking the Arab coalitions ass.  Come up with a bullshit story on why a multi-million dollar HSV2 ship leased by the Navy to UAE was destroyed (taxpayer funded loss).  Coordinate missile strikes on Hodeima port to further starve the country's children.  Make tax free cash.

Absolutely no sympathy.  Sympathy for the men trying to help Ambassador Stevens survive. Please down vote me.

DEMIZEN's picture

can we just not have a war for 10 minutes?

HowdyDoody's picture

What? Are you some kind of MIC-hating commie pinko liberal single parent gay disabled black disadvantaged woman who wants to deny corporations an honest profit?

Badsamm's picture

I'm 47 this week and I think we have been bombing people for at least 35 years of my life.

I'm kind of over it

donhuangenaro's picture

yeah, what about beautiful Yemeni babies that you butcher, mr. Tramp? :-P

soyungato's picture

Answer from the bait and switch in chief:

They are not beautiful that is the problem. See how skinny they are, and dirty too. 

Putrid's picture
Putrid (not verified) Apr 13, 2017 3:33 AM

I don't care about Yemen.... can I comment anyway?

peterk's picture

Geez another WAR to be expanded.


Can someone just BOMB  WASHINGTON DC with a NUKE please.!


Washingtoon likes  WAR...  let them EAT IT!

Aristofani's picture

tel aviv and riyadh too please.

new game's picture

interesting how all these recent visits create instant results. imagine that, joining hands with one of the most oppresive human rights violator and supporting moar human strife. but then again, they are supporters of the petro dolla regime. simple shit maynard.

petro dolla regime vs russia/iran as the non-conformers to the zionist bank regime...

wwxx's picture
title of the article "Lawmakers Demand Trump Pump Brakes On Military Action In Yemen" a pretrip safety check only, once brake leak down test is complete, proceed with normal military activities.

Omega_Man's picture

merica loves killing people

soyungato's picture

Impeach the bait and switch spineless creature for unauthorized war on Syria already.

Aristofani's picture

Surely they should also be pushing for Congressional approval on any military action. We elect them, not the media (plural for mediocre). Support the lone "stars" like Gabbard and Paul. Looks a little like "good cop, bad cop" games to me.

Tugg McFancy's picture

There's only one country I support bombing of and that's those Saudi cunts.

soyungato's picture

For years I have wanted to visit Socotra, a Yemen island 350Km off the coast of Yemen. Socotra is known to be the most alien looking place on earth. There are 800 rare species of plants with up to 1/3 exist no where else on earth. Some are up to 20 million years old. 20 millions year old and that is not a typo.  Socotra is considered to be the equivalent of the Galapogos. 

Go destroy it Mother Fuckers in the white house.

mastersnark's picture

The "don't-bomb-Yemen-because-I-need-to-vacation-there" has go to be the most Generation Snowflake-iest argument I've ever heard. You people make me sick.

We shouldn't be involved in Yemen because it's not our war.

soyungato's picture

Vacationing ? 

So difficult to communicate with some people sometimes. Life is more than grandma and apple pie and your TV. Read a book sometimes, it will help.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

unwind the empire..I cannot judge trump on a few days in office..we all need to sit back and see his results in 4 yrs..simple minds think everything is a strait line and every problem is solved with their is a complex thing to unwind the empire a thing that takes years not days..I still hope.

sheikurbootie's picture

Liberal heads still exploding!


Keep "resisting" people, it's a laugh!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

“Such an attack could push the country into full-blown famine, where nearly half a million children in Yemen are facing starvation,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who led the letter campaign along with Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).


Because we don't want to turn Yemen into the Hell warmed over of "rubble" that we "bombed to shit" in Syria... or Libya... or Iraq... or Afghanistan that collectively has killed more than 4 million people and displaced another 20 million.

Cause it's rather, well ya know TRAGIC... And kinda... ya know EXPENSIVE "rubbing out" all those people with TNT laced with depleted uranium, white phosphorous and of course "SARIN GAS" when our little "head chopper" proxies aren't getting er done and need to use it in order to make a statement for U.S. BEING "THERE"!!!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

“President Trump does not have the authority to send U.S. forces to battle the Houthis in Yemen, period,”

President Trump, like President Obama, like President Bush didn't have the AUTHORITY to destroy all those other Middle Eastern Countries including Ukraine based on this lie (!


Northern Flicker's picture

If you read the history, the Houthis rebellion seems to be a legitimate civil war (say, under UN standards?) - not a terrorist operation.  If the US is going to back Saudi, and Saudi is backing the opposition, anything can be expected to happen to Americans traveling there (not saying they are guilty of anything).  Sad.

mrpilgrim's picture

Trump led perpetual war might be the ticket to his impeachment. I'm surprised I'm not seeing a flood of Democrats aboard on this.

With Trump's massive bloated ego, I can easily see him thumbing his nose at this authorization request just to send the message "Who's the boss here"?

We've heard these empty threats from Congressmen forever now demanding President's come to them before engaging in "interventions". Are these still empty words or do we finally have some Congressmen with some nads?

deplorable nation's picture

Well, isn't Yemen in "our vital national interests" just like Syria?