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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 11:44 AM

"Obama's Gotten The U.S. Stuck In Yemen. Is He Looking For A Way Out?"

By: Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post

"More than 2,500 civilian deaths later, the White House is being asked to account for the war it's supporting.

WASHINGTON -- Over the past six months, the Obama administration has quietly embroiled the U.S. in a Middle Eastern war that has left more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid and killed at least 5,000.

U.S.-backed Sunni Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, have bombed weddings, left families to starve and looked the other way as an al Qaeda affiliate has used the confusion to seize significant territory. Civilian casualties are growing daily.

The White House won't admit that the U.S. is even "in" Yemen. But it's refueling the planes bombing the country and providing intelligence to the Sunni states running the Yemen campaign. Now lawmakers, dissenters within the administration and human rights activists are ramping up their criticisms of the Obama policy. They argue that the U.S. is callously backing the Saudi-led coalition -- in part to reassure America's Sunni allies in the wake of the nuclear deal with Shiite Iran -- without concern for the consequences. By supporting the Saudi effort, they say, President Barack Obama risks empowering al Qaeda and implicating the U.S. and its allies in war crimes -- not to mention further tarnishing America's already damaged image in the Middle East.

"It's time for Congress to ask some serious questions about whether the United States’ current participation in this civil war is advancing our nation's national security interests," Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) said in a statement Thursday."



Honestly, our country's fixation on trying to find military "solutions" to religious and ethnic conflicts in the middle east is dismaying, to say the least. What ever happened to soft power, brokered peace arrangements, financial aid incentives?

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Thu Oct 29, 2015, 11:47 AM

1. America & Saudi Arabia want their dictator back in power....


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