The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Pathetic Propaganda

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration keeps desperately trying to shift the blame for the catastrophe in Yemen away from the Saudi coalition and the U.S.:

The administration has consistently focused on the small Iranian role in Yemen and exaggerated its importance while doing everything possible to cover for the Saudis and Emiratis at the same time that the U.S. has aided and abetted their bombing campaign and the many war crimes they have committed. Even now that the coalition is launching an offensive on the major port of Hodeidah that serves the vast majority of the population, the U.S. is not calling them out for their destabilizing and destructive activities. Instead of condemning the coalition for putting millions of Yemeni lives in jeopardy, the U.S. helps them to attack their impoverished neighbor. Instead of using its influence with these governments to rein in their abuses and alleviate the civilian population’s suffering, the U.S. gives them carte blanche, never criticizes them even when they massacre wedding-goers and refugees, and goes out of its way to fault one of the few governments in the region that isn’t attacking Yemen for the country’s miserable state.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world, and the coalition blockade and bombing campaign are principal causes of that crisis. If the administration were even slightly concerned with addressing the suffering of Yemen’s people, it would not be providing weapons, intelligence, and refueling to the coalition, and it would be holding them accountable for their numerous and egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity. They aren’t concerned, and so they continue to support the war on Yemen no matter what the coalition does. Support for this war is indefensible, so it is no wonder that top U.S. officials have to try to distract the world from what our government is enabling in Yemen. It is the Saudi and Emirati governments along with ours and the coalition’s other Western patrons that need to be called out and held accountable for creating the disaster engulfing the people of Yemen.

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at The American Conservative, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter. This article is reprinted from The American Conservative with permission.

7 thoughts on “The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Pathetic Propaganda”

  1. And Pompeo considers himself a Christian. Just another Christian Zionist cuck for Israel.

  2. Through overt lies, providing a rationale for misery, death, and destruction, as many previous SecStates have done. (Including HRC, who apparently deserves her own spot in hell, despite other, worse, mass murdering luminaries like Albright, Dulles, and Kissinger holding the same position in years past.)

  3. When Trump was forming his White House a very significant event happened, Adelson came along and “ordered” Trump to leave foreign policy appointments to Pence. Pence was already in the pro Israel anti Iran camp. So all the applicants had only one fact to establish and that was their anti Iran stance and history. Any other part of the world didn’t matter. This de facto war on Iran has been years in the planning. The Iran deal was a major stumbling block. Now removed the Adelson, Pompeo, Bolton block will spare no effort or expense to wage their silent war on Iran. Even Netanyahu is wondering is it worth it.

    The mystery is the American people swallowing these outright lies and distortions on Iran just as is being done with Yemen.

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