IN DRAMATIC POLICY SHIFT, BIDEN WITHDRAWS U.S. SUPPORT FOR SAUDI “OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS” IN YEMEN

I’m liking what Biden is doing to the Wahhabi tribal renegades – who are ‘towel headed’ misogynistic  woman abusers – TAKE IT ALL BACK JOE!!!

The announcement curbs certain arms sales and comes with renewed diplomatic pushes.

Yemeni girls hold pictures of civilian victims during a demonstration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Saudi-led airstrike in which 140 civilians were killed and more than 500 were injured, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 8, 2017.

IN DRAMATIC POLICY SHIFT, BIDEN WITHDRAWS U.S. SUPPORT FOR SAUDI “OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS” IN YEMEN

The announcement curbs certain arms sales and comes with renewed diplomatic pushes.

 Photo: Hani al-Ansi/Picture Alliance via Getty Image

IN HIS FIRST major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would end American support for Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led “offensive operations” in Yemen, echoing a promise he made on the campaign trail in 2019.

Speaking at the State Department, Biden told diplomats that he would prioritize diplomatic solutions to the conflict and appointed, as a special envoy, one of the department’s top Middle East experts. He also announced support for a cease-fire and an effort to restart long-stalled peace talks.

“This war has to end,” Biden said. “And to underscore our commitment, we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.”

The move signaled a dramatic shift in U.S. support for Saudi Arabia, a move that has long been urged by progressive activists. Under President Donald Trump, Congress passed resolutions blocking certain arms sales and directing the U.S. to end its role in the hostilities, but Trump vetoed them.

One of the primary backers of the vetoed resolutions, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told The Intercept by phone that Biden’s announcement was a victory. “This is now a decisive step and really what the war powers resolution was calling for, so I’m very pleased,” Khanna said.

“This is now a decisive step and really what the war powers resolution was calling for, so I’m very pleased.”

Asked if Congress’s job was done, Khanna said he thought the legislature still had a role to play in supporting diplomatic efforts and reversing last-minute policy changes by the Trump administration.

The Biden administration had previously placed a temporary freeze on billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as saying that it would review the transfer of advanced military hardware, including air-ground munitions, that the Trump administration sought to advance over the objections of Congress.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE launched their intervention in Yemen in March 2015, after an Iranian-backed rebel group known as the Houthis took over the capital and forced out Yemen’s internationally backed president. The U.S. has supported the intervention, first under President Barack Obama and then under Trump, with weapons sales, intelligence, and logistical support, even after Saudi airstrikes increasingly targeted civilian sites like hospitals and schools. ..

https://theintercept.com/2021/02/04/biden-saudi-yemen-arms/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

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