We’re doing no good in Yemen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A recent editorial in Bloomberg News proclaimed that we cannot wash our hands of the war in Yemen which pits Houthi rebels and their Iranian backers against Yemen’s ousted government and its Saudi-led allies, but that is what we should do.

The Saudi air war is enabled by U.S. arms sales and air refueling and has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties, including an airstrike at a funeral recently that killed more than 100 and wounded hundreds more.

The Houthis, meanwhile, have committed their own abuses, indiscriminately shelling civilians in Taiz, Yemen’s second-largest city, and preventing them from receiving humanitarian supplies.

An unsuccessful missile attack from rebel-controlled territory on a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea, resulted in a U.S. response of destroying three Houthi radar sites with cruise missiles.

The U.S. needs to defend its long-held strategic principle that attacks on shipping in the Persian Gulf will not be tolerated, but there is no need to be further involved in a conflict in which the U.S. does not have a strategic interest in supporting either side.