Yemen War Great For US Jobs: Watch CNN's Wolf Blitzer Proclaim Civilian Deaths Are Worth It

With the still largely ignored Saudi slaughter in Yemen now in its fourth year, RT's In The Now has resurrected a forgotten clip from a 2016 CNN interview with Senator Rand Paul, which is currently going viral.

In a piece of cable news history that rivals Madeleine Albright's infamous words during a 1996 60 Minutes appearance where she calmly and coldly proclaimed of 500,000 dead Iraqi children that "the price is worth it," CNN's Wolf Blitzer railed against Senator Paul's opposition to a proposed $1.1 billion US arms sale to Saudi Arabia by arguing that slaughter of Yemeni civilians was worth it so long as it benefits US jobs and defense contractors. 

At the time of the 2016 CNN interview, Saudi Arabia with the help of its regional and Western allies — notably the U.S. and Britain — had been bombing Yemen for a year-and-a-half, and as the United Nations noted, the Saudi coalition had been responsible for the majority of the war's (at that point) 10,000 mostly civilian deaths. 

At that time the war was still in its early phases, but now multiple years into the Saudi-led bombing campaign which began in March 2015, the U.N. reports at least "5,000 children dead or hurt and 400,000 malnourished."

And now as the death toll tragically stands at many tens of thousands, and with a subsequent U.N. report from 2017 documenting in detail "the killing and maiming of children" on a mass scale, Blitzer's words are even more revealing of the role that CNN and other major American networks play in enabling and excusing U.S. and allied partners' war crimes abroad.

Senator Paul began the interview by outlining the rising civilian death toll and massive refugee crisis that the U.S. continued facilitating due to deep military assistance to the Saudis:

There are now millions of displaced people in Yemen. They're refugees. So we supply the Saudis with arms, they create havoc and refugees in Yemen. Then what's the answer? Then we're going to take the Yemeni refugees in the United States? Maybe we ought to quit arming both sides of this war.

Paul then narrowed in on the Pentagon's role in the crisis: "We are refueling the Saudi bombers that are dropping the bombs. It is said that thousands of civilians have died in Yemen because of this." 

CNN's Blitzer responded, “So for you this is a moral issue. Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States. That’s secondary from your standpoint?”

Paul countered, “Well not only is it a moral question, its a constitutional question.” And noted that Obama had partnered with the Saudi attack on Yemen without Congressional approval: “Our founding fathers very directly and specifically did not give the president the power to go to war. They gave it to Congress. So Congress needs to step up and this is what I’m doing.”

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For further context of what the world knew at the time the CNN interview took place, we can look no further than the United Nations and other international monitoring groups.

A year after Blitzer's statements, Foreign Policy published a bombshell report based on possession of a leaked 41-page draft UN document, which found Saudi Arabia and its partner coalition allies in Yemen (among them the United States) of being guilty of horrific war crimes, including the bombing of dozens of schools, hospitals, and civilian infrastructure. 

The U.N. study focused on child and civilian deaths during the first two years of the Saudi coalition bombing campaign - precisely the time frame during which the CNN Wolf Blitzer and Rand Paul interview took place. 

Foreign Policy reported:

“The killing and maiming of children remained the most prevalent violation” of children’s rights in Yemen, according to the 41-page draft report obtained by Foreign Policy.

The chief author of the confidential draft report, Virginia Gamba, the U.N. chief’s special representative for children abused in war time, informed top U.N. officials Monday, that she intends to recommend the Saudi-led coalition be added to a list a countries and entities that kill and maim children, according to a well-placed source.

The UN report further identified that air attacks "were the cause of over half of all child casualties, with at least 349 children killed and 333 children injured” during the designated period of time studied, and documented that, "the U.N. verified a total of 1,953 youngsters killed and injured in Yemen in 2015 — a six-fold increase compared with 2014" - with the majority of these deaths being the result of Saudi and coalition air power.

Also according AP reporting at the time: "It said nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals — 38 of 52 — were also carried out by the coalition."

But again, Wolf Blitzer's first thought was those poor defense contractors:

...Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States.

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This trip down memory lane elicited suitable responses on Twitter:

And here's the full CNN interview segment from 2016: 

As Wolf Blitzer is known to pal around with Clinton's former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, it appears he's a quick understudy:

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

60 Minutes (5/12/96)

Comments

JacksNight D503 Sat, 04/28/2018 - 22:21 Permalink

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FBaggins Zero Point Sun, 04/29/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

CNN is Zionist controlled and Blitzer is just one of their faithful amoral mouthpieces.  You will note that it is Rand Paul opposing the aggression in yemen on basis of right and wrong and the killing of innocent people, and then in comes Blitzer ENTICING Americans to continue to support the aggression on the basis of more jobs and money for the US. If anyone is still bitching about the Zionists controlling US finances, politicians, the major political parties, the President, the media, the entertainment industry, etc. and why they boast about "owning" the country, then they should know that it is because they have used their money to buy their way into everything for control, getting decision makers like Trump to sacrifice basic moral principles of right and wrong up to their pagan gods of greed and exclusive power. If the remaining people who still have some decency, integrity, and control over their nation does through the political process, they would see Zionists for what they are and would quickly right things everywhere.  

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha FBaggins Sun, 04/29/2018 - 16:29 Permalink

Correct, Blitzer is an employee of Israel. Remember in the Iraq war, the video scope sniper rifle, he came on and said, this would disturb us, it was an American kid being shot by a video sniper rifle.

The rifle was made by Israel, the web site wasn't the terrorist in Iraq, and the shooter was Mossad.

So an American kid was murdered for a CNN weekly news cycle. I wonder if anyone remembers it?  The Mossad killed an American kid, and I bet the parents still believe it was terrorist. Never heard their reaction, but I wonder if other Americans questioned it or not?

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Sudden Debt strannick Sun, 04/29/2018 - 04:36 Permalink

There's plenty who volunteer in America for a payslip to go out and kill women and children.

And every time, the rest of America thanks them for their time they where killing those children.

 

Most of Americans are fucked up. And in the end, when America will be at it's weakest, all it's enemies will land in America and take what it theirs, and doing the same killing Americans did everywhere in the world.

 

The Nazi's also tought they where going to build a 3rd reich that would last 1000 years.

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shovelhead Sudden Debt Sun, 04/29/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

It might surprise you to know that most of the good ol' boys out here in Flyoverville aren't on board with this spate of regime change since that Iraqi dust up. They watched their kids and families kids come back ripped up and crazy as hell for nothing positive that they can see.

Bush made a really bad situation and Obama made it worse by adding to it. It surprised me to find out that quite a few even thought if we bombed Saudi Arabia and Israel, we'd be doing the world a favor.

Don't conflate Americans with Washington. They are not the same.
At all.

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nmewn wee-weed up Sat, 04/28/2018 - 23:22 Permalink

"Why oh why can't I have a gig like Ted Koppel had on Nightline? Do I have to blow myself up on live TeeeVeee to get an audience for crissakes?!"

Well, it would be good start Wolfie. But pack enough explosives to collapse the building around you and everyone else in it...lol.

(A tweak, to my lovable, 911 freakazoids) ;-)

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Decoherence J S Bach Sun, 04/29/2018 - 01:02 Permalink

Ism > Sociopathic Leaders > Sociopathic Sycophants > True Believers > Moronic Peasants.  Lies and bullshit flow down, and power flows back up.  Sycophants are a key element in stripping dumbasses of any power or useful thoughts of their own.  They are paid whores that will say anything for a chance to climb the ladder.  

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land_of_the_few JRobby Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

"Madeleine" isn't an American. Her real name is Marie Jana Korbelová.

The only original part of her name that she uses is a solitary "K", as in Madeleine K. Albright.

Unsurprisingly, she is a Czech from Prague. She got her new big friend's airforce to bomb Belgrade in Yugoslavia (now the capital of Serbia) where she used to study. It was called "Madeleine's War" by the Western military who were astonished at her bloodthirstiness.

Her Daddy, a diplomatic officer, hated Serbs because he thought they were too collectivist for his liking. Seems he passed that on to her.

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