As if the endless wars on Afghanistan and Syria were not enough, the United States is also directly involved in the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen. While the situation in Yemen is now the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
In other words, in violation of International Law and UN Charter, the US is more deeply involved in the war on Yemen than the Trump White House has previously acknowledged. US troops are being paid by Saudi Arabia to be positioned along the Saudi-Yemeni border to help locate and target missile sites inside Yemen.
However, their operations along the border are a substantial escalation of the acknowledged role for the US, as well as a direct contradiction of the public testimony of US leaders to the world community.
Worse still, it appears for now that there is insufficient UN pressure to enact new restrictions; indeed, the US is increasing its already massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia. During the Obama administration, the US sold $155 billion in arms to Riyadh.
In 2017 alone, Trump signed new contracts to sell approximately $110 billion in weapons and munitions to Riyadh, while the two have signed agreements on Saudi Arabia’s purchase of over $300 billion of more “Sophisticated weapons”.
It also highlights that there is essentially no legal justification for such operations, as they have nothing to do with counter-terrorism efforts against Al-Qaeda.
And this is the same Trump that on his May 8 diplomatic show claimed Iran fuels conflicts across the Middle East and beyond. This is also the same Trump that claimed there have been enough suffering, death, and destruction, but great things can happen for the peace and stability that we all want in the Middle East. No he doesn’t want peace.
By escalating the conflicts in Yemen and Syria through troop surge, by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way for increasing tensions and confrontations, it should become clear by now that the ongoing suffering, death and destruction in the region has never been enough for the War Party in Washington. The bloodthirsty hordes want more.