Ukraine good – Yemen bad. Bernie Sanders has pulled his resolutions to end this nightmare while all eyes remain on Ukraine
Photo: A girl walks among graves at a cemetery for war victims on Aug. 5, 2022 in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images
14 December 2022 | James Porteous | Clipper Media News
Is there any ‘story,’ at the moment that so neatly encapsulates the horror of US ‘foreign policy?’
While continuing to send billions of dollars to ‘preserve’ freedom in Ukraine, the same country continues to support this ‘other war.’ All the while hiding in plain view.
A quick search on YouTube will bring up dozens of ‘explainers,’ from yesterday to months or years ago, but the fact is, nothing has changed. The war is ‘complex.’ ‘Confusing.’ So much so that apparently the US and KSA have little choice but to maintain the status quo.
Both the US and Saudi Arabia are involved and both claim to be standing for freedom. Both are resolute in their conviction to ignore the death and destruction they are causing. You might agree that neither of those resolutions seems mathematically possible.
This article will not change anything. It is just another ‘gee, look at the inhumanity of mankind.’
It is no such thing. It is just another blatant example of the worldwide, perverted US foreign policy.
To be honest, the odds are the US is supporting this war for the same reason it is spearheading the other one (oil) but the media is charged with explaining such things to us, not the other way around.
But think about this one fundamental fact: What gives the US the right to decide ‘Ukraine good – Yemen bad.’
And how can we possibly justify the murder of innocent civilians in either ‘conflict?’
James Porteous | Clipper Media News
Yemenis inspecting the damage from airstrikes in the city of Saada in January.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. PHOTO TAKEN 2018!
BERNIE SANDERS PULLS YEMEN WAR POWERS RESOLUTION AMID OPPOSITION FROM WHITE HOUSE
14 December 2022 | Ryan Grim, Ken Klippenstein | The Intercept
THE WHITE HOUSE and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed Tuesday in the run-up to a Senate vote on the war powers resolution, put forward by the Vermont independent, banning U.S. support for Saudi-led offensive operations in its war on Yemen.
By the evening, Sanders had agreed to withdraw his resolution, saying on the Senate floor he would enter negotiations with the White House on compromise language.
“I’m not going to ask for a vote tonight,” Sanders concluded. “I look forward to working with the administration who is opposed to this resolution and see if we can come up with something that is strong and effective. If we do not, I will be back.”
If it had happened, the vote may have been close, as advocates believed they had five to eight Republicans lined up to vote yes.
But getting back, as Sanders said, will be a challenge, as Democrats lose control of the House of Representatives in early January. A growing block of House Republicans have become resistant to U.S. military adventures overseas, but current House Republican leadership has been opposed to curtailing U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
On Tuesday morning, the White House privately circulated talking points making the case against the resolution, saying President Joe Biden’s aides would recommend a veto if it passed and that the administration was “strongly opposed” to it.
The White House argued, in part, that a vote in favor is unnecessary because, significant hostilities have not yet resumed in Yemen despite a lapse in the ceasefire, and the vote would complicate diplomacy.
Sanders — leaving a rally in support of sick days for rail workers, at which he called on the White House to take executive action on their behalf — said that he was aware of the administration’s efforts. “I’m dealing with this as we speak,” he said in the early afternoon.
Questioned by the White House press corps, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre initially declined to comment on the administration’s posture toward the resolution, but when confronted with the confirmation by Sanders, she acknowledged the administration was pushing its preferred approach.
“We’re in touch with members of Congress on this. Thanks to our diplomacy which remains ongoing and delicate, the violence over nine months has effectively stopped,” she said, adding that the administration was wary of upsetting that balance.