TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

First, here’s a little background from The Washington Post:

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war.

The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

While the U.S. military has provided support to the Saudi-led air campaign since 2015, including aerial refueling for Saudi jets and a U.S. advisory mission in the Saudi operations headquarters, the Obama administration sought to scale back that support last year amid alleged Saudi strikes on civilian targets.
Despite Saudi hopes that the conflict would quickly restore Hadi to power, it is now approaching its third year. As of January, the conflict had led to the deaths of at least 10,000 civilians, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Collective punishment is defined as a war crime; by aiding, arming, and abetting the Saudis, the US government has become complicit in war crimes.

That you don't understand this, or do, and it doesn't matter, angers me to the core of my being.

Not only are the Saudi military killing innocent men, women, and children; they have also closed down the Yemeni ports, so no food aid can get in, and because of this, Yemeni children are literally starving to death.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi port blockades

But there is a much larger part of the puzzle here which needs to see the light of day.

The US now claims a Yemeni island as its own, and has built a huge naval base on it.

Map: Island of US military-occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra, and surrounding waterways

The reason why is explained in the following articles:

The US geostrategic objectives behind the war in Yemen

The Useful Island of Socotra

This article goes on to state:

"The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80km off the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra, through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Amjed Jaaved, in A new hot-spot of rivalry, Pakistan Observer, Jul 1 2009, points out:

"The Indian Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Bab-el-Mandeb, bordering Djibouti and Yemen, the Straits of Hormuz, bordering Iran and Oman, and the Straits of Malacca, bordering Indonesia and Malaysia. These choke points are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.

From a military standpoint, the Socotra archipelago is at a strategic maritime crossroads. Morever, the archipelago extends over a relatively large maritime area at the Eastern exit of the Gulf of Aden, from the island of Abd al Kuri, to the main island of Socotra. This maritime area of international transit lies in Yemeni territorial waters. The objective of the US is to police the entire Gulf of Aden seaway, from the Yemeni to the Somali coastline. Socotra is some 3000 km from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, which is among the US’s largest overseas military facilities."

Images: massive US military buildup on Socotra

So this whole, sordid genocide of the Yemeni people isn't really about the Houthi rebels, and the "danger" they allegedly present to Yemen; it is about US military power projection in Middle Eastern waterways.

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

(*A Perfect Example of why , when I hear lifelong Democrats say; "I'll Never Vote For A Democrat again" , I kind of hush my mouth , and think to myself , that's pretty closed minded . Trump is a Business Mogul , and , I know We Have Got To Support Him , because he gives the independent media a nod , from time to time , well , Breitbart , anyway , but articles like this , or the one posted earlier , concerning itself with Trump siccing Foxman on Russia , just causes this skeptical of both parties , registered as independent voter to say "The Business Mogul Gave The Whole World the business" , and if anybody is still holding out for a different direction in foreign policy , or think that Bill O Reilly has magically become A Credible Journalist [lol] with the election of Trump , all I can say is be careful how much Kool-Aid you're putting down . So to those who will never vote Democrat again , if the GOP puts JEB! out in 2020 , you'll go that way , if he , hypothetically , runs against Kasinich , or would you be willing to say Canadian , Shcanadain I'm voting for Cruz , Because I made up my mind I'll Never Vote Democrat ever again , as long as I live , I swear to god on my mother's name , cross my heart and hope to die pinky swears . . . .
Talk about a psy-op ! If memory serves you well , BushII killed The Republican Party in 2008 , as good as ClintonII killed the Democrat party in 2016 .
If there's any hope for Making America Great Again , then the deprogramming of snowflakes , buttercups , neocons , warmongers in the general public has got to commence . Sure , we all have a right to an oppinion , but when a buttercup is clinging to the ridiculousness of what they're getting from CNN , or a let's look the other way , as Trump beefs up military presence , because remember We The People voted for him , something is way out of whack . America has not been made great by the silly bull$#!^ we're seeing on CNN , ABC , CNBC , CBS , or the Trump's OK , because LOOK he's spending more on The Pentagon , placing more troops in war zones , which obviously has to be the bottom of The FOX no spin - spin .
Mostly people who view FOX , these days who I talk to start frothing about Mulims , Liberals , Mexicans , and Democrat politicians , and I'm not trying to say , at all , that there aren't a bunch of them , while paying little or no attention to the John McCains , or the Lindsey Grahams or the George W Bushs , who give that side every bit as much reason for all American's to stay opened minded , and be leery , at the very least , of going straight back to a partisan divide , just because you thought you were voting for The Republican Party's candidate , once in your life )

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