NeoCons at Work: Trump Administration Scrambles to Convince Congress Not to Halt Yemen War
NeoCons at Work: Trump Administration Scrambles to Convince Congress Not to Halt Yemen War by Jason Ditz – Anti-War
With the Saudi crown prince set to visit the US this week, the Trump Administration is scrambling to kill off a Senate bill that would end America’s involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen. This marks a rare serious challenge to an unauthorized war.
SJ Res 52 notes that the war is unauthorized, something administration officials have readily conceded, and demands that US end military involvement. A high-profile classified briefing was held, with Pentagon and State Dept officials warning the senators not to enforce the law.
The argument is two-hold. Firstly, officials argue the US involvement is “non-combat,” which is beside the point from the perspective of the War Powers Act. The more serious argument, however, is that if the US stops backing the war, US-Saudi relations would be greatly harmed.
While the US presents its involvement as minor, the Saudis are heavily dependent on the US selling them arms and offering in-air refueling services to Saudi bombers to keep them pounding northern Yemen. The Saudis seem to be operating under the assumption that this would continue.