Last month, on December 13th, the U.S. Senate voted to end U.S. participation in the war on Yemen by a vote of 56 to 41. But the House passed a bill, by a three-vote margin, that included a ban on taking such a vote in 2018.
Now it's 2019. The House is led by a different party. We've heard a lot about there being a new Congress in town. Yet weeks have gone by without a new vote on Yemen — while the Pentagon continues to provide major help to the Saudi-led slaughter of Yemeni people.
In recent weeks, the Saudi murder of a U.S. journalist has faded from the headlines, but the mass killing in Yemen has continued. Meanwhile, U.S. claims to not be training UAE forces for the war on Yemen have been disproven.
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Yemen continues to be the worst humanitarian disaster on earth, with tens of thousands dead and far worse looming if action is not taken. A ceasefire in the key port of Hodeida is encouraging, but the World Health Organization (WHO) just reported that 24.4 million Yemenis, 80 percent of the country, are in need of humanitarian assistance, millions of children are suffering, and 16.6 million people lack water and sanitation services.
"While Yemen is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world," WHO reports, "the situation is getting worse year by year."
As in other recent U.S. wars in the Middle East, a result is increased terrorism. Along the way, the U.S. and its allies have in fact sometimes partnered with Al Qaeda. A primary U.S. ally in the region is, of course, Saudi Arabia, a government whose brutality and violence can match that of any entity on earth.
Congress has swallowed enough lies and empty promises from the White House and Pentagon. If this Congress is even the slightest bit more humanitarian than the last one, it will end the U.S. role in the war on Yemen immediately, an action which would make it difficult for Saudi Arabia to continue the war alone.
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>> Roll call of Senate vote in December
>> Roll call of House vote in December
>> Nick Turse, Yahoo News: Despite denials, documents reveal U.S. training UAE forces for combat in Yemen
>> Associated Press: UN authorizes monitoring of Yemen cease-fire in key port
>> Middle East Monitor: WHO: 24.4 million in Yemen need humanitarian assistance
>> Associated Press: US allies, al-Qaida battle rebels in Yemen