The US military is more deeply involved in the Saudi War in Yemen than officials ever admitted. In fact, new evidence suggests the Pentagon lied to Congress during the March debate about US involvement, presenting the US role at present being limited to targeting and mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes.
The New York Times is reporting on Thursday that there are actually a small number of US special forces on the ground at the Saudi border with Yemen. Those troops have not only been on the ground since late 2017, but are there on a mission to help the Saudi military fight Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi movement.
No public debate took place with respect to this deployment. Indeed, the Pentagon appears to have gone to great lengths not to tell the American public or the Congress about the Green Berets they sent to the border. The Green Berets are intended to help the Saudis “locate and destroy” Houthi missile caches, and attack Houthi launch sites inside Yemen.
This has been going on despite the Trump Administration telling Congress that America’s involvement in Yemen was purely “non-combat,” and again, despite the Pentagon repeatedly saying that America’s sole involvement in Yemen was logistics and support for the air war.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said the Pentagon was deliberately “blurring the lines between train and equip missions and combat.” It is unclear from the New York Times report if the US troops crossed into Yemen, but given that their mission was to target Houthi sites, it seems almost certain that they have.
Centcom Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, during the March debate, did say that he had authorization to “help the Saudis defend their border.” At that time, however, he told the Senate this was being done purely through intelligence sharing and “military advice.” Clearly, it also involved physical US troops on the border.
It remains to be seen what the consequences of the Pentagon’s deception will be domestically. At the very least it seems like this could provide a new pretext for a vote on ending US involvement in the Yemen War, as Congress lacked all the information they needed to have an informed vote in March.
16 thoughts on “US Army Special Forces Secretly Sent to Fight Houthis in Yemen”
US servicemen now security guards for saudi arabia.
and Saudi Arabia is a security guard for Israel.
Green Berets are Saudi foot soldiers now?
When you join the military, they decide whom to kill. The soldier doesn’t have to do that part of the work.
Why not? Happily serving along side other mercenaries from, among other places, the Sudan and Colombia. Saudis don’t want to die for MBS. Can you blame them?
There is no honor for being pimped out by Uncle Sham to Saudi’s for the money our own bankers are printing.
Do you recall when Oscar Wyatt (CEO Coastal Corp) called the US military “White Slaves for the Emir of Kuwait” back in 1991? The “Justice Dept” eventually found something to hang on him and he wound up doing time. The other great thing he said: “One thing I’ve learned in doing business with the Arabs for 30 years: Don’t get involved in their disputes.”
“It remains to be seen what the consequences of the Pentagon’s deception will be domestically”
Now that’s funny as we all know nothing will happen. Sad
Can you blame us? I mean the Houthis are a direct threat to our security and are backed by Iran’s massive war machine…. Oh wait.
Tim Kaine that name sounds familiar. Wasn’t he going to be one heart beat away from replacing the first female president of the USA?
You’re assuming he’s from a species with one heart?
This type of operation may be what Special Forces are trained to do, but the deceit by the Pentagon to Congress is a constitutional issue. This is the same congress that pushes more and more money into the Pentagon, and now they find out about being lied to on how it is spent.
How low can we go?
Bad Trump Bad! Unconstitutional and absolutely immoral. How can Trump and the establishment talk about human rights blah blah blah when they are helping a vicious thuggish govt of Saudi Arabia commit horrendous atrocities against the country of Yemen who hadn’t attacked us nor did they start a conflict against the barbarians to the north. War Criminal?
Being a war criminal is something used on resumes to get government jobs. Ask Gina.
you don’t think that any so-called ‘public debate’ in the US is going to make any difference to the Western Elite plans for and support of the Saudis and the UAE, does anyone?
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