US Support of Saudi War Against Yemen Is Question Again


Since 2015, the US has been Saudi Arabia’s silent partner, providing the Saudi-led military coalition with intelligence and bombing assistance. Yemen refers to the “Saudi-led war,” simply, the “American war.”

Biden had promised to end US assistance to the coalition, both on the campaign trail and in his first major foreign policy speech as president on February 4, 2021. Biden has scaled back US assistance, but the US continues to sell massive quantities of arms to the Saudis and Emiratis.

The US also provides spare parts and maintenance for coalition warplanes. Experts, such as Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution, contend that without US maintenance and spare parts, Saudi warplanes would be “grounded.” Grounding the Royal Saudi Air Force would end the kingdom’s massively destructive bombing campaign.

Biden could end US assistance to the Saudis, thus crippling their war effort and perhaps forcing a peace, but Biden hasn’t. Congress can force the executive to end its unconstitutional assistance to the Saudi-led coalition by passing a War Powers Resolution.

We should expect a veto from President Biden if Congress passes a new War Powers Resolution. If Biden does not veto the War Powers Resolution he will be admitting that his Yemen policy has failed.

In July, President Biden traveled to Riyadh to meet with Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Although Biden says that he did not discuss the price of oil with MBS, it’s more likely that Biden pleaded with MBS to open the taps full blast.

Source: Counter Punch