US Debating Whether To Expand Military Presence In Yemen

As if the US hasn't already done enough to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis raging in Yemen, the Wall Street Journal  reported Monday that the Trump Administration is considering a request by the United Arab Emirates for "direct US support" as a coalition of Sunni majority nations prepares to seize the country's biggest port, known as Hodeidah.

WSJ

According to WSJ, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has requested an evaluation of the Sunni coalition's plan to retake control of the port. And with good reason: That's because some 90% of the imported goods including foodstuffs, medicine and other vital supplies flow into Yemen through the port. Already, the country is under an extreme humanitarian crisis, and cutting off the flow of supplies through the port could make it infinitely worse.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked for a quick assessment of the UAE’s plea for assistance such as surveillance drone flights to help a Saudi-led coalition retake Hodeidah, which currently serves as a vital lifeline for the country’s 29 million residents, U.S. officials said.

U.A.E. and Saudi Arabian officials have assured the U.S. that they won’t try to seize the Red Sea port until they get backing from Washington, American officials said. But there is growing concern in the Trump administration that fighting around the city could spiral out of control and force Washington’s hand. Yemeni fighters backed by the coalition are battling Houthis near the city.

"We continue to have a lot of concerns about a Hodeidah operation," said one senior U.S. official. "We are not 100% comfortable that, even if the coalition did launch an attack, that they would be able to do it cleanly and avoid a catastrophic incident."

Of course, the "catastrophic incident" that WSJ is referring to the possibility that a strike against the port would instigate a brutal, armed response as the two sides struggle to maintain access to the outside world. And while US officials have continued to hem and haw about the fighting...there's been some debate over which groups on the agree to

U.A.E. and Saudi Arabian officials have assured the U.S. that they won’t try to seize the Red Sea port until they get backing from Washington, American officials said. But there is growing concern in the Trump administration that fighting around the city could spiral out of control and force Washington’s hand. Yemeni fighters backed by the coalition are battling Houthis near the city.

"We continue to have a lot of concerns about a Hodeidah operation," said one senior U.S. official. “We are not 100% comfortable that, even if the coalition did launch an attack, that they would be able to do it cleanly and avoid a catastrophic incident.”

Still, the debate over increasing US military support to the UAE and KSA and Saudi Arabia is competing for the attention of top administration officials working furiously to prepare for the planned summit with North Korea in Singapore on June 12. But escalating military operations around the Yemeni port have triggered new urgency in Washington.

But even without direct action, US surveillance drone flights have helped the Saudi-led coalition in its battle to retake Hodeidah, which currently serves as a vital lifeline for the country’s 29 million residents,.

Indeed, as RT points out, the stakes are high. If the port is destroyed or damaged beyond operability, hundreds of thousands of people could die.

But regardless of whether the US explicitly condones the battle. Saudi Arabia wouldn't be able to provide so much support for its Sunni allies in Yemen without the support of the US. Under President Obama, the US sold some $115 billion in arms to KSA until he put his foot down following the bombing of a funeral procession.

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Fireman Adolfsteinbergovitch Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:38 Permalink

USSAN blood to fight the eternal judaic wars you mean. What's the problem? USSAN tax cattle are more than happy to fund and condone the slaughter of Palestinians to paint "our" Jerusalem embassy in goyim blood. Look at the Satanic symbolism of the entire anglozionazi sewer. Not to mention the fact that Yemen has the only "Saudi reserves" still "backing" the IOU Saudi Mercan fiat filth petroscrip toilet paper dollah. Now with BM Salamander putsched, dead and buried this got a lot more serious.

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Klassenfeind BennyBoy Wed, 06/06/2018 - 06:12 Permalink

Newsflash to all Trumptards: WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?!?!

Trump;

1) Vowed to "make the military great again" https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trum…

2) Surrounds himself with warmongers, torturers and generals like Mattis, Haspel and Bolton.

3) Is Netanyahu's puppet. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-netanyahu-is-in-europe-as-…

4) Is the Saudi's puppet. Sword dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=runYPf4Q2g8

Those military troops have to go somewhere you know, but I guess most short-sighted Trumptards haven't really thought this thing through.

They just heard some catchy soundbites that they wanted to hear, like in one of those 'get-ripped-in-just-5-minutes-per-day' infomercials, and voted for the Orange Clown.

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mark1955 Klassenfeind Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:55 Permalink

Your 100% correct!

 

The Trump voters should have seen this coming a million miles away...It was all a matter of public record!

 

Also, Trump has been a Life Long Registered democrat up until Just before he ran for President and "Conveniently" changed his party affiliation.

 

Trump also had Hillary and Bill Clinton, as "Guest of Honor at his wedding in place of his Late Parents ( That's why Fraud Trump, hasn't prosecuted Hillary ) 

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I Am Jack's Ma… Adolfsteinbergovitch Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

I eagerly await tmosley’s take. 

Trump imo will go along with some verbal window dressing, reliably pumped by CIA minders thru a media that otherwise hates him, going to the need to send troops to help the humanitarian crisis and to fight ‘isis’ as well as the ‘Iran-backed’ Houthis.

meanwhile ICE stopped 50k illegals last month, meaning 100k+ made it through.

 

The best way to defend this country is to nuke Riyadh and Jerusalem from orbit right after burning Vichy Washington to the fucking ground.

But hey, NFL training camp is starting.

And I think a transgender latinx immigrant gym coach has been slightly inconvenienced somewhere in Illinois.

Priorities, gentlemen.

 

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SoDamnMad Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:26 Permalink

The plan is to starve the women and children so there won't be any future. That way we can seize their oil and there won't be anyone to complain.

To Hell In A H… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

Yeah, why not? What could possibly go wrong? Uncle Scam can expand its presence in Yemen illegally, then preach to others about international law. A nation of fucking hypocrites.

MAGA.

Manipuflation Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:47 Permalink

How about NO THANKS.  Just pissing money down a rathole.  That I will be in a primary run-off for Bored of Edukashun.  The local newsrag contacted me already asking a bunch of questions.  Nine assholes, one of which is me, are running for three seats and filing is closed.  Yeah OK.  I am the only republican.  Now a second DFL state rep, who was defeated, threw his hat in the ring.  That's just great.

There is a salary if elected and was $603 a month in 2016.  It's probably $1603 now.  I am all for taking some fiatski scrip/digitz and turning them into silver but I don't want the money.  There should not be a salary for this sort of position.  I am fine with mileage expenses or costs of buying supplies but I don't want a salary for this if elected.  

I found this interesting but I have children and I am still conservative.

"In an era of more limited

financial resources, how will you

enlist support for bond issues or public school spending

from conservative voters or taxpayers with no children in

the public schools? How can the school board prove itself

accountable to those citizens?"

 

https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/legacy/reports/1109icw_questionnaire.pdf

 

 

 

 

BGO Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:03 Permalink

US warlords are in a tough spot; so many countries need invading, so many poor people need killing. So many MIC stooges need to be satiated.

It must pain them, thinking about what to do. First. In this day and age, it's good to be a US warlord. Right up until the point it isn't.

I Am Jack's Ma… Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:12 Permalink

Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has revealed that Israeli warplanes have been detected flying over the key port city of Hudaydah.

Houthi said Israeli jets have been seen in Hudaydah’s skies over the past few days amid a push by Saudi mercenaries to seize the city, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

“Yemen is actually fighting against a Saudi-Zionist coalition,” he said, referring to a military campaign which Riyadh has been carrying out against Yemen since 2015.

Several Western countries, the US and the UK in particular, are widely known to be helping Saudi Arabia in the aggression, but this is the first time claims of Israeli complicity have been made.

Referring to close ties between “Israel” and terrorist groups in Syria, Houthi noted that the Takfiri elements in Yemen are also the “mercenaries and servants” of Tel Aviv and Washington.

“Israel” and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, but latest reports say the two regimes are working behind the scenes to establish formal contact.

A senior Israeli nuclear expert revealed recently that Tel Aviv was selling Saudi Arabia information that would allow the kingdom to develop nuclear weapons.

https://www.english.almanar.com.lb/516683

 

Wouldn’t simply trust this source, but it would be incredible if Israel wasnt involved already. And there are other sources.

Truth Eater Wed, 06/06/2018 - 06:15 Permalink

Oh hell no!  We are playing the Ramadan dinner crap in the White House, because we miss Obama so much.  We need to snuggle up to those sweetheart Saudis because they are so cute and cuddly and in agreement with our values.  Damn it Trump!  You invite the snakes in and think you can deal with them.  I know it is a two-faced game, well, in the political world it is more of a ten-faced game, but you violate some basic principles and they will entangle you with razor tape.

Pliskin Pliskin Wed, 06/06/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

Actually, one of Bill's greatest ideas was along the lines;

'We can send a cruise missile down a street and in through a window to kill a guy sat on his couch, couldn't we use that exact same technology to send food to the starving people in these places?  Hell it'd be cheaper, and they'd love us for it!'

My answer to Bill (If he were still with us) would be, well we could do that, but the Presidents, Congressmen and Senators wouldn't get their pockets lined by the big Arms Manufacturers. 

 

 

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Mike Masr Wed, 06/06/2018 - 07:13 Permalink

Saudi Arabia, with US, France and UK support, has been killing tens of thousands of Yemenites for 3 years without blinking an eyelid, under the gaze of the world.

silverer Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:32 Permalink

Yeah, WTF? Do what you always do, USA! Pile the fuck in! Bury every country in the world under your military equipment and then bomb the shit out them. USA, USA!

Expat Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:18 Permalink

Why is this even being debated?  Too many pros and not enough cons!

1. After our amazing successes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, this will be a walk in the park.

2. Yemen is poor and small and I bet few people own guns!  Not like America!

3.  War is cheap these days because the Pentagon has streamlined its purchases and slashed its budget!

4.  Any US soldier who dies or gets captured is obviously a lazy, incompetent coward who deserves it!  Winnow the army!

5.  We MUST defend the democracies in the Middle East!  If Saudi democracy fails, then Kuwait is next!

6.  It's not as if we ever got attacked there before, so what could go wrong?  right?

MYRA: Make Yemen Rubble Again!

Zhaupka Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

PSYOPS: March around and Sing, "This is how Democracy Works!"

Apparently United States Citizens across the United States are debating to kill fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts, and cousin relatives in Yemen.

Showing United States Democratic Greatness to the other countries as to how the debates among United States citizens from every United States state debate with United States citizens from every other states is instructive.

United States Citizens March around and Sing, "This is how Democracy Works!" "This is how Democracy Works!" "This is how Democracy Works!" "This is how Democracy Works!"

The Debate is Open to All. Closed to those lacking wealth, power, or prestige hence the Majority of United States Citizens.

Thomas Jefferson knew Representative Government eventually becomes corrupt; a New Tyranny of Laws/Lawyers is formed. Result:

Representative Government Corrupts; Absolute Representative Governments Corrupts Absolutely.

Someone Else Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:40 Permalink

The military own the US.

 

And its not just the Pentagon.  I am talking about our corporate oligarch overseers.

 

Not a chance in hell that Trump could just end it.