Saudi Arabia had been blacklisted for killing and maiming children in Yemen.
The Saudi bombing operation would be impossible without assistance from the United States that includes refueling aircraft and providing additional ordinance, intelligence, and logistics.
PBS Frontline: Yemen Under Seige
Reuters: How Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richer
According to Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institute, "If the United States of America and the United Kingdom, tonight, told King Salman, 'this war has to end,' it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support."
"They are at war with the Houthis, but at the same time, tolerating the creation of an al-Qaeda emirate in much of southern Yemen."
"The report describes horrors no child should have to face. At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair. It is unacceptable for member states to exert undue pressure."
Senators Want Legislation To Limit US Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia
Huffington Post: By Senator Chris Murphy’s calculus, the potential to curb Iran’s influence in Yemen doesn’t outweigh the catastrophic reality of the Saudi war. “Even if we do forestall the growing Iranian influence in the region ... the growing footprint of al-Qaeda and ISIS inside Yemen is much more damaging to U.S. interests." The Houthis fight against both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
Fortune: Sen. Murphy sees it as a matter of national security in itself. Not only is the fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen distracting our allies from the more important fight against the Islamic State, he writes in his statement, but American support for a campaign that is translating into vast humanitarian suffering isn’t helping the U.S. win hearts and minds. As the humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate, anti-American sentiment is spiraling as the local population blames the U.S. for the thousands of civilian deaths resulting from the Saudis’ bombing campaign,” he writes. “This will come back to haunt us.”
MURPHY, PAUL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO SET NEW CONDITIONS FOR U.S. MILITARY SUPPORT TO SAUDI ARABIA: Bipartisan Legislation Will Suspend Certain Munitions Transfers To Saudi Arabia Until President Of The United States Certifies Saudi Arabia’s Demonstrated Commitment To Fighting Terror & Protecting Civilians In Yemen
If U.S. politicians scoff at Senator Murphy and Senator Paul's amendment, how much of it has to do with the military-industrial complex?
According to Fortune, "The U.S. is easily Saudi Arabia’s most important supplier of aerial weapons, responsible for keeping the kingdom supplied with precision guided munitions and “dumb” bombs alike. In response to the uptick in demand for such weapons, Lockheed Martin recently quadrupled production of Paveway II laser-guided bombs (a Saudi Royal Air Force favorite). Companies like Raytheon, Boeing, and General Dynamics also benefit from the boost in overseas weapons sales that has accompanied the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
Like other countries, taxes should pay for free healthcare and education, not free money for companies that make F-15s and bombs for reckless governments like Saudi Arabia. Underfunded/privatized healthcare and education equals an American population that is uninsured, in poor health, poorly educated, unemployed, in poverty, and in prison.
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Prison or military is not a humane or sustainable means of job creation for a neglected American working class