Yemen, United States And Obama Administration discussed on Worldly



The new democratic majority in the house of representatives has a big say in the way, America fights its wars. Congress has a lot of power over military spending. And the ability to investigate what the US is doing with its weapons. So the US is currently involved in a lot of overseas fighting, but based on our reporting, we think that the one that's most likely to be affected by the change in power in the house is the war in Yemen. Alex wanting you run down with the US role is there and what the conflict is like overall. Sure. So we got involved in two thousand fifteen to help the Saudi led coalition fight with rebels in Yemen. The main support that we give is through intelligence and air refueling. So that means when a Saudi plane, let's go bomb something we sometimes help put gas in the plane, and then we also help the Saudis target or find where they need to drop those bombs should note that a lot of those bombs are also sold to them by the United States. And so that's kind of been our support Madison. Say look we only rea. Feel about twenty percent. But like that's still support segregated defense James Mattis, right? And so that has been an incredibly unpopular war. It's again, it's hard in the Obama administration. It was a bit unpopular then. But there had never really been much congressional resistance to it until now, and especially since the kashogi murder, and especially now, the Democrats are in charge of the house. Right. So let's just stop for a second talk about why there's resistance the word Yemen. And what's going on? Like, you said, the US military is helping the Saudis with their bombing campaign, those bombs keep hitting things like school buses full of children open markets where civilians are houses of worship funerals farms bridges, all of the things that legally under the laws for our work rhymes, you can't fucking do that because that's horrific and the Saudis keep doing that. And so there's this big kind of groundswell in international human rights communities, and now we're seeing some movement in congress. And some other governments like the U K that also support the Saudi effort to say, wait a second way to second. The salaries are committing horrific war crimes here, we need to maybe rethink our support for this war, and then the murder of the Saudi dissident journalists Jamal shock g by highest levels of the Saudi regime. Brought this kind of back into focus again with people going wait a second. Why are we supporting this kind of brutal regime in this way in the war in Yemen and in other ways, so that's kind of why this is gotten more attention lately? And now we have this new House Democratic oversight. That's just got elected into office. I wanna be clear, this isn't just a Trump thing. Right. The started under President Obama, and there was minimal democratic resistance at the time. There were some Democrats who said you should do this. But also hold there wasn't much of an effort to constrain the Obama administration's essentially complicity or crimes, I think that's a fair term for. What being on the Saudi side in? This war is Senator Chris Murphy has actually been pretty good. Yeah. Would he's been not big on the so Senator rand Paul On Republican. republican. My Bernie Sanders those. Yeah, it's there are people on both caucuses who have been outspoken about this. It's just there was never a meaningful effort to impose costs on the administration one that that chance of succeeding until

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