Trump, US Senate and Saudi war on Yemen

This 14 December 2018 video says about itself:

Defying Trump, US Senate votes to end US support for Yemen war

The US Senate has voted to end all military support to the SaudiUAE coalition for the war in Yemen.

A second resolution blamed Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS, for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

If the measures pass the House, they’re likely to be vetoed [by] President Donald Trump.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan has more.

SENATORS VOTE TO END SUPPORT FOR SAUDI WAR A majority of senators voted to end U.S. support for a Saudi Arabian military campaign in Yemen that has been caused tens of thousands of deaths and mass starvation. The vote provides the strongest rebuke yet of a three-year U.S. policy that the Trump administration says it has no plans to end. [HuffPost]

16 thoughts on “Trump, US Senate and Saudi war on Yemen

  1. Yesterday afternoon, for the first time in the history of the United States, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution I sponsored along with Mike Lee of Utah and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, withdrawing the United States Armed Forces from an unauthorized and unconstitutional war.

    The margin was 56 to 41 in support of ending our involvement in the war in Yemen. That is, in my view, a number of “yes” votes that most people would have believed unthinkable even just a few weeks ago.

    I’ve written to you a lot about my work to put an end to this moral and humanitarian catastrophe, so today I want to update you on what happens next, and then I am going to ask you to take action in support of that work.

    In order for this bill to get to President Trump’s desk, it must pass the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, Speaker Paul Ryan has effectively disallowed a vote on the resolution, despite the fact it would pass with bipartisan support.

    So either something has to change, or the new Congress under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership will have to take it up again in early 2019. Meanwhile, many Yemeni children and families will die. More will suffer until we finally act and force these two sides to come to a resolution that ends this moral abomination.

    My hope is that if we can put enough pressure on Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress, something can change. And if it doesn’t, the new Congress will know without question that the American people no longer want to play a part in the death and destruction in Yemen.

    So I am asking you to make your voice heard:

    Sign my petition: tell Speaker Ryan and the House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would end the United States’ support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.


    Here is the truth: by continuing to back Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States has been complicit in the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth — a war which no one can seriously claim is actually making us safer.

    Instead, 85,000 children have starved to death, 14 million more people are on the brink of starvation, and the country is facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. According to the United Nations, the war in Yemen has created the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

    And unless we use the power of this country NOT to drop more bombs and instead to bring the warring parties together, this situation will become even worse.

    The good news is, through our action in the Senate, we are already placing enormous amounts of pressure on Saudi Arabia — pressure that has already resulted in some breakthroughs in the peace negotiations.

    But we must do more: The House must pass this legislation, President Trump must sign it, and we must end our involvement in a war that was never authorized, and is therefore unconstitutional.

    Add your name if you agree:

    Sign my petition: tell Speaker Ryan and the House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would end the United States’ support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

    The United States is a country that has stood for democracy and human rights throughout our existence. We should not be partnering with a country responsible for murdering a dissident in cold blood and that is leading an effort causing mass starvation and the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth.

    Yesterday we took one step closer toward that goal. And that is only possible because people all across the country are waking up to our involvement in Yemen and making their voices heard.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders


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