News Release

Vote on U.S. Backing for Saudi War on Yemen as Crown Prince Tours U.S.

The New York Times reports today: “The Trump administration is furiously trying to fend off a bipartisan effort in Congress to halt American military support to the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen as the kingdom’s influential young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, arrives in Washington this week for talks with President Trump.”

SHIREEN AL-ADEIMI, sha980 at mail.harvard.edu@shireen818
Al-Adeimi is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University. She wrote the piece “Only Americans Can Stop America’s War on Yemen.”

She said today: “This month marks the third anniversary of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. Despite the dire humanitarian crisis, however, the United States continues to sell arms to the Saudis and provide them with military support including mid-air refueling and various forms of logistical support and training. Citing that U.S. involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauthorized, Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy have recently invoked the War Powers Resolution and introduced a bill that aims to extricate the United States from this war. Bill S.J.Res.54 is currently cosponsored by 10 senators, and the vote will likely coincide with Mohamed bin Salman’s U.S. visit this week. The bill has already been met with opposition from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others in the Senate who introduced an opposing bill. For Yemenis, however, S.J.Res.54 represents hope for an end to this brutal war on their country.”

See the new piece from The American Conservative: “‘60 Minutes’’ Embarrassing Interview with Mohammed bin Salman.” See overview from the New York Times last year: “‘It’s a Slow Death’: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis.”

See World Without War’s list of protests in D.C. and other cities.

The text of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy legislation directs “the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.” It makes an exception for forces “engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forces.”
See IPA news release: “Left and Right Unite Against Continued U.S. Backing of Saudi Attack on Yemen.”

See @accuracy Twitter list on Yemen.