What Kind of Logic Is This? Mattis Says US Must Bomb Yemen with Saudi Arabia Because… Iran

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Editor’s Note: Here in America we’ve been thoroughly told that Trump had to strike Syria because they used chemical weapons and killed people. Meanwhile US air strikes continue to kill thousands of people all the time. So America has to kill people because killing people is wrong?

And now the US is “helping” human rights violator Saudi Arabia kill people in Yemen because… Iran? What? What kind of logic is this?

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A Yemeni soldier looks at the graffiti of U.S. drone strike painted on a wall as a protest against the drone strikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Dec. 21, 2013. (Photo: Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua)

Since the war began in 2015, some 10,000 people have been killed, including 4,000 civilians, and roughly 3 million Yemenis have been displaced, according to the United Nations.

The U.S. is looking to increase support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, officials said Wednesday—a move that some see as another signal that President Donald Trump is itching to take the U.S. to a new war.

Among the options for support are boosting intelligence-sharing and logistical efforts. Officials say increased military pressure on the Houthis is needed to push them into negotiating an end to the conflict—but the rebel group has shown no interest in peace talks since a previous attempt failed last summer, Stars and Stripes reported.

While the U.S. said it would not put boots on the ground, officials said the support would make clear the administration’s hard-line stance on Iran.

During a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis accused Iran of being a troublemaker, saying the country was destabilizing the region by supplying the Houthis with weapons.

“Everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Mattis said Wednesday after meetings with King Salman and other top Saudi officials. “So right now what we’re seeing is the nations in the region and others elsewhere trying to checkmate Iran and the amount of disruption and instability they can cause.”

The U.S. would “reinforce Saudi Arabia’s resistance to Iran’s mischief,” he continued, adding that “we are not leaving this region.”

The news comes amid tense relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. One of the Obama administration’s parting moves was to halt planned armed sales to the Gulf kingdom over civilian casualties caused by the coalition’s bombing campaign in Yemen—a decision which the Trump administration immediately looked to undo.

Just last week, dozens of bipartisan lawmakers sent a letter to the president urging him to seek approval from Congress before expanding military action in Yemen.

Read the letter here.

But Mattis on Wednesday said, “We can overcome any past frustrations.”

Since the war began in 2015, some 10,000 people have been killed, including 4,000 civilians, and roughly 3 million Yemenis have been displaced, according to the United Nations.

The announcement also comes just after Trump authorized an airstrike on a Syrian air base and deployed the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that a preemptive strike against North Korea was “on the table.”

As Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, who directs the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, wrote for Foreign Policy in Focus, “Not one of these actions was necessary. Not one will make people in this country—let alone the Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, Somalis, or others—any safer.”

“The question now isn’t what Trump—or the generals and billionaires filling his cabinet—will do next,” Bennis wrote. “It’s what will we do next, as opponents of these wars?”

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  • stan

    Defense Secretary James Mattis: “Everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran.” Yeah, you also find the USA!

    • jimmy joe

      Was thinking the same thing, except, mostly the globalist controlled us govt!

  • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

    And the ongoing beat of corruption continues. — It appears that the swamp has been fortified with more untrustworthy creatures, as usual in ɥɐʞᴉɹǝɯ∀

  • Guillotine_ready

    And onward we rush to the extinction of the human species. But I wonder if this is the first time we have arrived at this juncture, or have there been any advanced societies before us who were just as intellectually challenged.

  • John Curry

    First off… Trump did not deploy the MOAB, that was the military’s decision. What Trump DID do was take the politicians off the military’s back and untie their hands. We have capable and professional military leaders. Ever since Vietnam, politicians have decided THEY are going to dictate how the military is going to fight.
    That is not how military objectives are won. If we are in a combat situation, let the military do their job. If they choose to use a MOAB (which is far more practical in busting open underground tunnel systems… let them. It’s also far cheaper than cruise missiles for that purpose.
    Why help Saudi Arabia? Because Iran IS the country behind the sponsoring of terrorism around the globe. When dealing with countries like Iran, there is no such thing as pleasant foreign policy. Same goes for dealing with terrorists.
    Trump does not want to be in the Middle East, but the previous couple Presidents have put him there so now he has to deal with it and all the messiness that comes with the situation.
    Sometimes one must side with the lesser of two evils in order to achieve our own goals – like we did during WWII when siding with the Soviet Union in order to defeat Hitler’s Germany. Why get involved with Saudi Arabia in Yemen? Because we need to use Saudi Arabia for logistics reasons. It’s a complex issue that this article seems to downplay into some simple solution.
    Nevertheless, it all boils down to Iran. They are the ones who sponsor all this evil in the region, but striking Iran itself would draw us in to a war with Russia. See? It’s not some simple thing decided upon by using death tolls from UN sources. If we allowed that back in WWII, we never would have stopped Germany and Japan.

    • tscull

      I couldn’t have said it better, or agree more. Excellent analysis!

  • Asking government officials to use logic is like asking Monsatan to stop research on GMOs. It just isn’t possible.