The United States should not be helping Saudi Arabia with their war efforts in Yemen. In fact, Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be involved. They claim their goal is to end Iranian influence in the nation that borders the Kingdom, but the way they’re going about it is making the situation much worse for the people in the war-torn nation.
A resolution sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) would give the President 30-days to pull U.S. troops and assets who were helping the Saudis except those who are participating in the war on al Qaeda.
Supporters of the bill, which never reached the floor when it was first brought up earlier this year, will use journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder as a way to get the necessary Republican procedural votes to prompt a floor debate. The Senate will hear from ecretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday morning in a last ditch attempt by the White House to quash the bill.
Opponents warn the bill itself is flawed, but there are also fears of an “unruly” foreign policy debate on the Senate floor if the procedural vote passes.
Oftentimes the ends do not justify the means. Though some on this site have advocated for actions taken against Saudi Arabia because of Khashoggi, I tend to look at the bigger picture. His death, while tragic, should not be grounds to dictate our foreign policy. Those who were involved should be held responsible, not the entire country or our relationship with them.
With that said, I am in favor of this bill for a reason other than Khashoggi. The war in Yemen is crippling the nation for the sake of proxies. On one hand, you have the lawful government backed by the Saudis. On the other hand, you have the Houthis backed by the Iranians. While the two prominent Islamic powers in the Middle East battle through their proxies, the people of Yemen are dying from the fighting, starvation, and abject poverty. This is at a scale similar to the war in Syria, but because it’s getting nowhere near the attention.
We should not participate in any way other than offering humanitarian assistance. Our assistance is not bringing the war closer to an end. Neither is Saudi Arabia’s, nor Iran’s. People are dying because of a proxy battle. We need to get out of it.