Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton spoke last month to the Young Americans for Liberty Revolution Fest on
Twenty years ago, last month, I began what was then called "The Weekend Interview Show" on KAOS Radio 95.9 FM in Austin. My first guest was the great Alan Bock, author of the Antiwar.com column "Eye on the Empire." We were both right about everything.
Five thousand, nine hundred interviews and a generation later, and I’ve been working with and then for Antiwar.com ever since. (For many years I was the one who put all those links in Justin Raimondo’s columns before becoming opinion editor and then editorial director.)
Though Alan and Justin are both gone, Antiwar.com still is the most important project on the internet.
What’s left of our old crew has been reinvigorated for the new era by the addition of our great, young new staffers, Dave DeCamp, Kyle Anzalone, Connor Freeman, and Will Porter. And our list of regular columnists has never been stronger.
The War Party had been satisfied to pick on Pashtuns in Paktika for quite a while. But now their ambition, major power competition, and quite possibly full-scale war with the other major powers of the earth, threatens not just our entire country, but also nuclear winter and the planet’s ability to sustain our population of more than 8 billion people.
The free citizens of this country must rally now for peace before it’s too late.
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Today is the 20th anniversary of the beginning of Iraq War II.
The consensus now is that we should not have done it. Iraq was not manufacturing unconventional weapons and was not in league with Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda.
Many representatives and senators from that time have excused themselves for voting for this disastrous war by claiming that they did not vote for war at all, but for authorization to let President Bush decide whether to launch one.
As part of a nationwide day of protests, backed by dozens of U.S. antiwar, youth, women’s, religious, libertarian, progressive, and other groups, activists in over 10 cities around the country are gathering in protest of U.S. complicity in the Yemen war. They called on the lawmaker to introduce, or publicly call for, a Yemen War Powers Resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the ongoing Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. March 26th marks the eighth anniversary of the Saudi-U.S.bombing and blockade of Yemen.
Since March 2015, the Saudi/UAE-led bombing and blockade of Yemen have killed tens of thousands of people and wreaked havoc on the country. 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure, and 500,000 children are on the verge of starving to death. This humanitarian crisis has worsened since President Biden took office. Despite his February 2021 commitment to end participation in Saudi offensive operations in Yemen, the U.S. continues to enable the Saudis by servicing their fighter jets and providing military and diplomatic support for the Saudi/UAE-led coalition. Congress can end this war, and we are rallying to demand they do so.
It’s time for the people of the United States to stand with the Yemeni people. The UN estimates that 17 million Yemenis are headed for starvation because of the war in Yemen. For too long, the U.S. government has offered weapons and logistical support that allows the Saudi-led coalition to conduct the war. Without that support, the bombings would end. Sadly, our country is a major player in this tragedy, and we are here to call for an end to U.S. complicity in and support for this war. This war has gone on for eight years. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. It is long past time to end U.S. support for the war on Yemen, and Congress must act.
Okay, everybody, all hands on deck!
This is not a drill.
There are real, no-foolin’, active War Powers Resolutions in both houses of Congress now. They would ban all support for the Saudi-UAE war against Yemen.
And the Senate votes tonight at 7 Eastern time!
This is a historic opportunity. We must seize it.
Call your Senators and insist they support this resolution. It’s SJ Res. 56 (87 in the House).
If you have a Democratic senator, tell them that this will help solidify support for Biden’s diplomacy against the Republicans’ opposition, bring an end to a devastating humanitarian crisis and punish the arrogant MBS for his killing of Kashoggi and his hiking up gas prices.
If your senator is a Republican, emphasize that this is not the War on Terrorism against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This war is against their worst enemies and has benefited the terrorists these past almost eight years. Tell them the Constitution reserves these powers to the Congress and it’s time to start taking them back from Biden now. And it’s a giant waste of money when we truly cannot afford it. America First! Vote Yes!
And thank you.
The U.S. Senate is set to vote on the Yemen War Powers Resolution Tuesday, December 13! Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and demand your Senators support it today!
Right now there is a huge opportunity for the Congress to force President Joe Biden to force the Saudis and United Arab Emirates to end their war against Yemen. This intervention has been totally unauthorized by Congress and does not serve American interests.
The only enemies of the American people in Yemen are the members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They are real bin Ladenite, anti-American terrorists. They bombed the USS Cole in 2000, helped to co-ordinate the September 11 attacks in 2001, tried to blow up a plane over Detroit with the underpants bomb in 2009 and committed machine gun massacres in France in the 2010s.
In 2015 our current secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, then commander of Central Command (CENTCOM) was passing intelligence to the new Shi’ite Houthi regime to use to target and kill al Qaeda for the United States. Just two months later, Austin helped President Barack Obama stab the Houthis in the back and took AQAP’s side against them. Really! Yemen expert Michael Horton (no relation) told Pentagon reporter Mark Perry back then that the U.S. was now “flying as al Qaeda’s air force” against the Houthis. After al Qaeda’s gains under American protection became too embarrassing the Donald Trump administration had the UAE intervene against them in 2018. UAE recruited them into their mercenary army and renamed them the “Giants’ Brigade.” They remain an allied auxiliary force in the war to this day.
As Senator Rand Paul once explained to an instantly converted Fox News host Neil Cavuto years ago, if the US and its allies succeeded in their goal of regime change in the capital, AQAP and the Muslim Brotherhood (al Islah) could take over instead.
What more could anyone possibly need to know about this war to oppose it?
The War Party may cry “Iran,” but it was not the Houthis, Hezbollah or IRGC that knocked down the towers. It was al Qaeda. And Iran’s role as a participant and motive for this war have always been exaggerated.
Worse than treason, this war is a real, no-exaggeration, genocide. From the very beginning the Saudis and UAE have inflicted massive damage on civilians targets, including water, electricity, sewage, hospitals, bridges, farms, fishing boats, markets, food distribution facilities of all kinds, and with the full support of the US Navy, enforced a brutal blockade against trade and aid into Yemen. Hundreds of thousands of people have been starved and otherwise deprived to death, including thousands of children under five years old from the worst cholera epidemics since World War II.
When the House and Senate passed these resolutions back in 2019, Senator Mike Lee of Utah heroically led the charge for the America First Republicans, letting the rest know that it was okay to be tough but smart on this issue. This helped other Republicans feel like they could sign on and vote for it too.
They did and it passed.
Biden, who unlike Trump, campaigned on ending this war, would have a much harder time vetoing it. This may especially be true since it is a Democratic-controlled Congress. His otherwise completely incompetent and detestable secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has apparently been somewhat helpful in recent diplomacy in Yemen. Let them be encouraged (forced) to see a peace deal through.
The war against AQAP is excepted in these resolutions. That is far from perfect. The war on terrorism is what led to the war for terrorism in Yemen in the first place. But there is just no comparison between the levels of violence inflicted by drones and special operations forces against terrorist targets and this genocidal foreign invasion the US has sponsored and supported these last almost eight years. This war is every bit as bad as Iraq War II or the dirty war in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died and are dying.
It must be stopped now. The campaign to repeal the AUMF of 2001 can be next.
The era of George W. Bush and John McCain’s foreign policy is over. The American right demands an America First foreign policy that no longer has our armed forces serving at the beck and call of pretended “royal” monarchs of eastern despotisms, staining our nation in innocent blood and wasting our nation’s treasure on such needless horrors when the people of this country are being taxed and inflated right out of their homes to pay for it all.
Enough. Senator Rand Paul has pledged to support it. Sen. Lee? Please. Step up. Lead. You must. Champion and vote for S.J. Res 56. Whip the other members of your caucus into shape while you’re at it.
You too can join the great effort to end this war. Just go to 833STOPWAR.com to get some bullet points on the war and some talking points to use when calling your Congressmen and Senators. Get your friends and family involved too! We could really help to end a war!
This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.