Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) led 37 other House Democrats in a letter that calls on President Biden to support the diplomatic progress in Yemen by declaring the US will not provide military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the conflict.
In a major diplomatic breakthrough, the Saudis and the Houthis recently held talks in Sanaa, but a peace deal has yet to be reached. Amid the negotiations, US officials traveled to Saudi Arabia and, according to Axios, “underscored the US support for Saudi Arabia’s defense against threats from Yemen,” signaling the Biden administration is ready to support Riyadh if the war flares up again.
The House Democrats on Biden and his administration to “clearly and publicly state that the United States will not provide any further support in any form to any faction party to the conflict while diplomatic talks to end the war are ongoing and should they fail to reach a diplomatic settlement and return to armed hostilities.”
There have been no Saudi airstrikes in Yemen since March 2022 and no Houthis attacks inside Saudi Arabia. But as long as no formal peace deal is signed, an escalation is always possible. The letter said the lawmakers were ready to introduce legislation to prevent further US complicity in the Saudi war on Yemen if hostilities resume, including a War Powers Resolution.
Last year, a War Powers Resolution was introduced in both the House and Senate to end US support for the war in Yemen that received strong bipartisan support. But the White House successfully lobbied against the bill and convinced Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) not to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.
The Democrats also want a complete lifting of the blockade on Yemen, which has long been a Houthi precondition for negotiations toward a political settlement. The letter says Biden should “clearly and publicly state that the Saudi blockade of Yemen’s ports — a form of collective punishment against innocent Yemenis — must be lifted unconditionally, as global international humanitarian leaders have long sought.”
Since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 with full US support, at least 377,000 people have been killed in the war. More than half died due to starvation and disease that was caused by the blockade and the coalition’s brutal bombing campaign.
14 thoughts on “Dozens of House Democrats Tell Biden to Support Ending Yemen War”
Bernie Sanders couldn’t stand up to Joe Biden. He should have brought the legislation to end the war in Yemen to vote. The Media should be talking about the war in Yemen that Saudi Arabia continues to fight. The war is even far more secret than Reagan’s war in Nicaragua.
“End the war in Yemen”. Is US a party in Yemen war? Where? With what forces? What budget? How is US supposed to end this war?
Stop supporting Saudi Arabia? Meaning stop selling them billions of dollars worth of weapons?
yes stop selling the Saudis billions of dollars worth of weapons
I wish this is the real motivation for endless calls to “end war in Yemen”. Forgive my scepticism, but nobody will ever stand in the way of selling weapons to tich countries. Without such sales weapons manufacturers iin US become 100% government funded.
Another small sign of dissent.
It is not much, but it is a small glimmer of a start.
Right now dissent is just small scattered pieces of nothingness. Sometimes, though, these morph into something more substantial.
One hopeful feature of today’s world is that pieces of nothingness have been created by both left and right leaders. Increasing the odds that nothingness becomes something.
Nothing will change.We are doomed.
There are actually a few antiwar Democrats left?
There’s hope yet.
Dennis Kucinich is no longer a Member of Congress. He used to be a Member of Congress in the Democratic Party. He lost in the Democratic Primary when his district was redrawn.
Robert F Kennedy Jr. is antiwar on the same issues as Trump, I don’t know if he’s pro-war on the same issues as Trump.
I’ll vote for the People’s Party Candidate in 2024.
Too bad they don’t have the balls to tell uncle joe to knock off his pet proxy war(s).
Enough games. Just acting like they care, or making it look like brave democrats are doing something, whike Biden wants to look presidential.
Enough. What exactly has US done in Yemen? What does it want in Yemen? And please nobody says “refueling Saudi planes”, or defending Saudi Arabia. Saudis bever needed refueling as Yemen is not sccross ocean but is Saudi neighbor. Saudis and Iran are opening embassies, Assad is attending Arab League meeting in Riyadh.
Better question is, what exactly — and I mean exactly — is US doing in/around Yemen? Supporting whom? How?
Having an interest in a particular solution?
None of ths even remotely asked — yet every now and them some “brave” voices are heard demanding that US ends “IT”. Tiresome.
We could replace all the elected officials with potted plants and/or bobble head dolls but still end up with the exact same BS.
Why did I immediately think of Biden? I’m going to catch hell from my potted plants for saying that.
Politicians. I wonder how many of our Congresspersons supported genocide in Yemen but oppose further help to the Saudi’s now that the Yemen is starting to cool off.
” Fight War, Not Wars ” – Crass ( UK )
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