May 26, 2016—Since 2015, which marked the beginning of the Yemeni civil war, the United States refrained from actively participating in the attacks promoted and carried out by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. But ever since the United States lost its way with the oil-rich Saudi kingdom over the 9/11 lawsuit threat, Uncle Sam became much more eager to please.
In one of my latest articles for The Advocates for Self-Government, I covered how America is now actively sending troops to Yemen by using the al Qaeda justification, while in Syria, America was and still is backing groups associated with al Qaeda:
“Earlier this month, the Pentagon acknowledged sending American troops to Yemen for the first time since the beginning of the Yemeni civil war. According to Navy spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, a ‘very small number’ of American military personnel has joined Yemeni and Arab coalition forces to ‘release’ the port city of Mukalla from the hands of Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
But while the US military justifies this move with claims that having ‘a terrorist organization in charge of a port city’ in a foreign land is not ‘of great interest to us,’ it continues to refuse to go along Russia’s call to join them in an air strike campaign against al Qaeda’s Nusra Front militants in Syria.
According to Captain Davis, the United States does ‘not collaborate or coordinate with the Russians on any operations in Syria,’ but are willing to not only provide weaponry and intelligence to Saudi Arabia, but also send in troops to help the oil rich kingdom as well as the United Arab Emirates carry out one of the most disastrous military campaigns in the Middle East in recent history.”
Currently in Yemen, an estimated 14.1 million people, including 7 million children, are in need of health assistance. Due to the Saudi blockade against the region, which has been supported by the United States, these people may never see the light at the end of the tunnel. And now that the US military is involved, things could become much more complicated for civilians in a very short time.
As I pointed out in my piece, the US military justifies its involvement in Yemen by claiming to be fighting al Qaeda. But if this assessment is correct, why hasn’t the current administration showed any signs of regret for having had armed rebel groups in Syria that pledged allegiance to al Qaeda?
Is it time for the United States put an end to its interventionist campaigns in the Middle East?