Many Trump Administration officials have been, by way of reconciling President Trump’s insistence that he doesn’t want war with Iran and their desire for something very much resembling a war, been presenting US military action, and the US backing of such action, as necessarily stabilizing to the region.
So with Special Envoy Brian Hook on Friday. Hook, who made headlines Wednesday by claiming not to be a “scholar” when asked if Iran was behind 9/11, is now pushing for Iran to be “countered” in Yemen. He says the alternative risks regional conflict and destabilizing the area.
To be clear, Iran isn’t actually in Yemen in the first place. Rather, there is the Shi’ite Houthi movement, whom the Saudis have attempted to brand as Iranian proxies, as it facilitates an ongoing Saudi war in Yemen, which the US is supporting.
“Countering Iran” in this case has nothing to do with Iran itself, so much as continued US support for the Saudi War, in the name of regional stability. Hook presented Iran as meeting US offers of diplomacy “with military force.”
The timing of this allegation is odd, as presenting the US as taking the approach of diplomacy rings hollow both because of its involvement in years of Saudi war in Yemen,
and because just the night before, President Trump signed off on an attack against Iran, and informed Iran of his intention to attack them.
That the US didn’t ultimately attack is a minor point, since the attack was formally announced to Iran. The administration is still viewing its policy toward Iran, and toward Shi’ites in general, in military terms, and trying to brand itself as both offering diplomacy, and defending ongoing military operations against Houthi Yemen as action against Iran itself.
The Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, with whom Hook was meeting, was unsurprisingly on board for the envoy’s defense of the status quo in which the Saudis carry out an unchecked war of aggression in Yemen, and endorsed the idea of the US doing more in general against Iran.
16 thoughts on “US Envoy: Iran Must Be ‘Countered’ in Yemen”
The U.S. must be countered…everywhere that isn’t U.S. territory.
Americans need to take that one step further and bring the war home.
that we mount an armed rebellion against uncle samuel?
that is not likely to ever happen.
Armed and unarmed. And I disagree. A careful glance at history will tell you that it’s inevitable.
The U.S. must be countered…everywhere that isn’t U.S. territory.
Iran was virtually absent in Yemen at the start when the Saudis launched the war and the claim that this was actually a proxy war with Iran. In the meantime things may have changed. Many parties are involved, it’s quite possible Iran is also involved. How significant that involvement is is for me at least highly speculative. The missiles aimed against KSA would be an interesting area.
This doesn’t mean the Saudis and it friends bother with the truth. They simply still consider it highly useful to present everything as aimed against Iran, regardless of the reality of it.
He should concentrate on countering the Saudi leadership instead.
He is owned by the Saudis.
MAGA – Making Arabia Great Again
The Saudi’s are not winning hence someone must be blamed.
Brian Hook can have his way and it won’t make a difference. The Houthis (Ansar Allah) are still going to keep wrecking the Saudi Coalition on the ground. The Saudis are still going to keep bombing starving civilians.
These “special envoys” like Hook and Eliot Abrams, are supposed to be some sort of diplomat, like top dog Pompass, I suppose.
Not killing enough Yemenis? The mere fact that we are hiding the identity of population under the invented label “Houthis” should tell us all we need to know. Look under Zaidi Yemen, to learn the thousand year plus history of people we are trying to eradicate. Common denominator is Shia or Shia like religion. And it is so convenient to pass it off on sectarian Sunni-Shia divide, when in reality it is Israel that is obsessed with “Shia crescent”, and the obsession was fueled with hopeful Iraq-Iran war. The idea is to have as many Moslem and Arabs fight, either states or sectarian civil wars, or just fund terrorists in the name if pure religion killing their own. Until Trump decided to fight ISIS — allowing political coverage for everyone to do the same. Iraq, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Iran — all focused on ISIS until it lost territorial control. Israel fid not approve of it —,as it dreamed of a Sunni state carved out of Iraq and Syria, controlled by US — to permanently break linkages between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey — controlling all flow of trade and infrastructure from Central Asia through Muddle East, Africa and Europe. No more Silk Road, no more strong Iraq, isolate both Turkey and Shia Iraq. Nothing went to plan as Kurdish investment fizzled as well. And the last hope, Kurds in Syria will fizzle out as well.
Yemeni know who us killing them. We are. Saudis are not the key to ending conflict. We are. Just end naval blockade and relinquish all claims on total control of Bab Al-Mandeb. Done. Yemen, North and South, Saudis and UAE will find solution in no time. It is our putting UAE against Saudis in South Yemen to control Southern ports of Mukkala and Aden, and Northern ports of Mocha and Hodeidah — that is keeping the conflict going. Even afrer UAE and Saudis found compromise — we are not kettjng go.
I think we’re approaching that point in history (and it has to happen sometime) when US aggression is met by an overwhelming response which includes sinking naval fleets, bombing US bases and setting oilfields on fire. What happens thereafter is anybody’s guess but for the US it will be traumatic. Iraq couldn’t do it, Syria couldn’t do it, but I think Iran can and will.
Hook should change his name to Hooker ..or better yet, Whore, since he is just another whore for Israel.
it is necessary to reiterate that the yemen/saudi conflict is over the yemenis telling the saudis “no”.. the saudis demanded that they be allowed to dig a canal across yemen, so the saudi’s could ship oil and the yemenis told the saudis to go pound sand.
Not being able to take no for an answer “and with assurances from the US gvt of no interference” the saudis attacked yemen, committing war crimes, crimes against humanity all in violation of international law, the laws of nations and the UN charter. This is a terrorist action by the saudi’s and permitted and sanctioned by the biggest terrorists on the planet, the US GOVERNMENT!
Oh and I would be remiss if i failed to mention that Yemen contains proven crude oil reserves of more than 4 billion barrels (640,000,000 m3), and probably a lot more than that.. yet another prize to covet and attempt to STEAL. “to the victor go the spoils”
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