It’s a rare congressional rebuke of President Donald Trump.
The United States has spent years helping Saudi Arabia bombard Yemen, killing thousands of civilians along the way. Now members of Congress say America needs to stop supporting the bloodshed.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday that tacitly says America shouldn’t assist Saudi Arabia in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. That’s because, by a wide 366-30 margin, the House believes the US is only authorized to fight terrorist groups like ISIS or al-Qaeda whether they are in the Middle East, North Africa, or even Asia. The key distinction here is that the lawmakers say the US isn’t authorized to fight the Houthis.
It’s the first time a resolution to end America’s involvement in Yemen has passed in Congress, but, crucially, the House resolution is nonbinding. That means the US will likely continue to assist Saudi Arabia by refueling its planes and providing intelligence in Riyadh’s brutal air war.
Impoverished before the conflict, Yemen has suffered greatly due to a Saudi blockade and airstrikes that have destroyed hospitals, schools, and other civilian infrastructure.
So far, the conflict has claimed more than 13,500 lives, with more than 900,000 suffering from cholera. Roughly 20 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs — including food and water — out of a prewar population of 28 million.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who leads the House effort against America’s involvement in Yemen, told HuffPost’s Akbar Shahid Ahmed that the vote is only a small step forward. “The shift in our foreign policy is not going to happen overnight,” Khanna said. “If I’m looking at something from a scale of 1 to 10, in terms of shifting US foreign policy, maybe this is Read More Here