Secretary of State John Kerry today angrily condemned the Iranian government for pushing for the ceasefire in the Saudi-led war against Yemen, saying the US is determined to stand with its allies in the region, and accused Iran of “destabilizing” the region with its efforts.
Kerry went on to insist that the Iranian government is “obviously” supplying the Houthis in Yemen, citing commercial flights between Iran and Yemen as proof.
Kerry’s claims were made in spite of WikiLeaks documents from the State Department affirming for years that the US is well aware that the Houthi faction in Yemen is a local faction, and has never been shown to have any significant ties to Iran.
Iran and Russia have been the primary nations urging a ceasefire in the Saudi war, though as we’ve seen with Israeli wars in the region, the US will generally undermine UN ceasefire efforts so long as its ally prefers to keep an aggressive war going.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly ruled out a ceasefire or any negotiations, insisting the war will continue until they manage to reinstall former President Hadi as the ruler of Yemen.
The Houthis, for their part, have expressed support for a negotiated settlement, but only on the condition that airstrikes against the country end. That, it seems, is still a long way off.
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In the other hand we rather see Al-Queada or ISIS to take over yeman because wahabbis/saudis have said so. So we are obliged to send them more weapon making sure that they send some to ISIS in Syria, Iraq and now Yemen, meanwhile the doors for european ISIS in turkey is open.
A ceasefire? How dare those meddling Iranians interfere with one of our aggressive wars! Ceasefires lead toward peace, and peace is an unacceptable option for America.
Kerry should slam his mouth shut.
Two of the largest Sunni nations are Turkey and Pakistan, both US allies. Both met with the Iranians as leaders of the Shiites, and urged this peace plan.
The Saudis are about 1/3 the size of Turkey, and 1/6 the size of Pakistan, but they've got oil and want to fight.
The Saudis want to fight because they are leaders of groups oppressing Shiites, just as Saddam did in Iraq. They oppress their own, who just happen to live on top of all that Saudi oil, and they crushed them in Bahrain (where they are a majority).
The Saudis are the problem here, their medieval monarachy out of step with the world. We are on the wrong side, against our own former friends in N. Yemen and the former President who was our guy for 30 years.
The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia: the world's real axis of evil. Sad Sack Kerry is its pathetic errand boy.
Darn those Russkies for wanting a war to stop- the nerve of those people!
Sorry, bud, if this is the Official Word of the US we're on the wrong side of the argument. Again.
I wonder if the U.S. is selecting these civilian targets that keep being bombed in Yemen?
The world is becoming appalled at the wanton destruction (doing a Gaza) done to Yemen by the House of Saud.
This "regime change" effort probably has about as much chance of success as the creation of an army of U.S.-allied "moderates" to defeat both Assad and ISIS.
"War is Stability and Peace is Chaos". Way to go, Mr Kerry.
Will the rest of the world idly sit by while Uncle Sam and his goons set the whole world on fire? For how long?
51% most wealthy
During Obama ‘s first month as the White House butler, off the rich did send him to Saudi Arabia, whereupon he did return with a signed contract to trade war materials for $65 billion of Middle-East oil. Exactly what our voting majority wanted done, they being the 51% most wealthy.
Pick the most fascist, intolerant, aggressive faction in any civil war, and typically the US government will be actively backing that side. It's their default position.
Also, as pointed out, whenever their side is on the offensive, killing tons of civilians, no ceasefire is acceptable. When their side is militarily losing, then it's ceasefire time!
Welcome to the upside down World of politics, where the US back Al Qaeda and IS against the Houthis, and the Saudis – part of the US led coalition against IS, seem to be totally unaware of the fact that they should be bombing the crap out of IS – not the Houthis.
Still no mention from the BBC or US news stations (as far as I know) about the fact that over 600 people, including well over 100 children have been killed in bombing raids by the big, brave Saudis.
Don't worry, people of Yemen, the most oppressive nation on earth, Saudi Arabia, will save you from the terrible Houthis… except the million or so of you that are Houthi. The US will do everything in its power to help the Saudi tyrants rescue you from your own revolution.
As always, rotten bullies have to have their day. Now that Russia is stopping NATO in Europe, and Iran has shown far better disposition than US allies, the time comes for the American to ¨feel good¨ meaning that if we can´t kill Russians or Iranians we´ll shop around to see what´s good. With the Yemen counterinsurgency in tatters the Saudi two-timers are moving in to do US work for them. It is time the Americans accepted that you are only able to put ignorant, half trained and rapacious butchers on the ground. Why haven´t we heard of Mc Cain in this junction, yelling to send in the butchers, sorry, ¨boots on the ground¨? He must be either muzzled or MIA.
I get a horrible sense of betrayal to see someone rejecting peace efforts, to think "that's evil" and to know it is our guy doing the evil. It is even worse that his original claim to fame was as a peace activist in the Vietnam debacle. It is yet worse that he's doing it for a President who won on promises to end a war next door that he is now starting up again. Worst of all, the people we demand be allowed their war are the same ones who set up the worst crazies among the jihadis we are even now starting to fight next door in the revival of that war he promised to get us out of.
I think I understand why he's doing this. I don't agree or accept it, but I see it.
The Saudis were never really afraid of an Iran nuclear bomb. They have their own ready, and the US has their back, and they know perfectly well it is mostly hype anyway.
What the Saudis were afraid of was Iran challenging them in their neighborhood. The "nuclear fear" was the "cause around which to rally" support against Iran. Kerry must have promised the Saudis what they really wanted, support to fight Iran in the neighborhood. In return, they've promised to let go of the nuclear fake, and agree to the deal. Their King just said he's okay with the deal, at the same time as Kerry said he's against peace in Yemen and supports the Saudi attack.
The price of Saudi support for the nuclear deal is support for their Yemen war. We're paying that price for their tepid support of the deal. This leaves Netanyahu alone out there screaming against the nuclear deal.
Remember I just wrote that I don't agree with such cynicism, throwing helpless Yemenis into the maw of war just to get a few words on a deal he couldn't stop anyway. But I do think that is what we are doing. If I'm right, that price is paid out of fear of AIPAC domestic opposition to the nuclear deal, not because it is right on any level.
See, the Iranians couldn't be trusted with any nuclear deal based on their delirious call for a cease fire in this situation. God we look foolish.
Where did John Kerry receive his training in political analysis ? Oh, is that right ? He was trained by Gen. Colin Powell ? That would explain everything. So that is how those weapons got into Yemen.
"the US is determined to stand with its allies in the region, and accused Iran of “destabilizing” the region with its efforts." Kerry is a liar and a war criminal. If Saudi Arabia was Assad doing this to Yemen, Kerry et al would be demanding our military to start bombing Assad.
The Houthis need to start seriously begin guerilla attacks on the Saudi border. For every bomb they drop on them, they drop about 10 Saudis.
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