Saudi Arabia has been pummeling Yemen for years, committing war crimes that have created arguably the largest humanitarian disaster in the world in their attempt to dominate the country. However, their reign of terror may come to an end soon, as their occupation of Yemen is reportedly falling apart.
The United Arab Emirates, the top coalition partner of the Saudis, has announced that they are pulling their support for the war effort, after southern separatists seized control over the stronghold of Aden, home of the internationally recognized government. The Saudi-led coalition is dissolving quickly, as the Iran-affiliated Houthis gain momentum.
“The war was never winnable in the first place,” said Farea Muslimi, the leader of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies think-tank. “With the second-most-important partner gone, even this illusion is no longer there.”
Due largely to the U.S.-backed Saudi intervention in the nation, there are now 10 million Yemenis suffering from extreme hunger. A cholera epidemic has infected over 1 million Yemenis, and over 100,000 people have been killed because of the atrocities that have been committed.
The Saudi war crimes in Yemen have caused a rare bipartisan push-back from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, who want to yank U.S. support for Saudi. A resolution to remove U.S. backing of Saudi war crimes in Yemen passed the House and the Senate earlier this year.
“Today, we begin the process of reclaiming our constitutional power by ending U.S. involvement in a war that has not been authorized by Congress and is clearly unconstitutional,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, celebrating the passage of the resolution.
Unfortunately, President Donald Trump vetoed the measure that would have stopped U.S. support for war crimes in Yemen. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), one of Trump’s top GOP allies, called out the President as a result of the move that betrayed his ‘America First’ principles.
“I agree with and support President Trump on many issues, and I have vigorously defended him against the outrageous assaults he faces on a daily basis. But I disagree that selling arms to Saudi Arabia strengthens our national security, and I urge him to do here what he has boldly done in so many other areas: Reject the failed policies of the past,” Paul said in an op/ed.
Even with President Trump showing no signs of cutting off Saudi Arabia from weapons shipments courtesy of the military-industrial complex, the Saudis continue to lose the war. The Yemen disaster will likely end up on the long list of failed U.S. interventions that have occurred in the past several decades.