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The right move for the wrong reasons: Pulling U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

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The right move for the wrong reasons Pulling US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

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.

My Take

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.

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No, Rashida Tlaib, boycotting Israel is not the same as boycotting Nazis

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No Rashida Tlaib boycotting Israel is not the same as boycotting Nazis

There are many things the nation of Israel, as well as every other nation in the world, does that deserves to be called out by the international community. But Israel gets the lion’s share of criticism despite being the freest nation in the Middle East and one of the freest in the world. Israel has nothing in common with Nazi Germany, but that’s the comparison Representative Rashida Tlaib made in her attempts to justify support for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement.

On one hand, she has a point. Singling out the BDS Movement, as vile and misguided as their precepts are, is not necessarily the proper way to handle them. On the other hand, one has to wonder if she’d be making the same argument if a pro-Israel group was the target instead.

The BDS Movement was powerful enough before picking up friends in Congress. Now, they’re systematically infesting the Democratic Party with supporters through Justice Democrats and others.

But even if one were to agree with Tlaib’s desire to protect BDS, making the comparison between their activities and the activities of those who boycotted the Nazis before World War II is over the top. She strategically included them among other boycotts to appeal to those in the American Jewish community who are Democrats and who are not friendly to Israel. She’s giving them talking points as well as support in an effort to get more people to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.

It seems a day doesn’t go by that a member of “The Squad” doesn’t make headlines by saying something stupid. Today was no different. This time, it was Tlaib and her love for BDS that got the better of her and the worst for us.

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Even Tulsi Gabbard thinks Kamala Harris is unqualified to be president

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Even Tulsi Gabbard thinks Kamala Harris is unqualified to be president

Representative Tulsi Gabbard has a lot of poor policies in her playbook that she would unleash if elected president. Moreover, she is missing important experiences both in life and politics that one might expect from a Commander-in-Chief. But one thing she has experience in that she can hang her hat on is foreign relations. A few of her ideas on the subject are quite Libertarian, if not somewhat conservative.

One candidate who has no foreign policy experience is Senator Kamala Harris, and Gabbard let everyone know just how little the top tier candidate actually knows about the geopolitical atmosphere today. It’s one of the few attacks being leveled on or by someone other that Vice President Joe Biden.

“I think one of the things I’m most concerned with is Kamala Harris is not qualified to serve as commander in chief, and I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier,” Gabbard said. “She’s got no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for a commander in chief.”

Gabbard: ‘Kamala Harris is Not Qualified to Serve as Commander in Chief’

Gabbard frequently criticizes America’s foreign policy.

In a May fundraising email, Gabbard blasted a Daily Beast article for stirring “up hysteria that makes it easier to push our country into war.” A February email warned that “our freedoms and democracy are being threatened by media giants ruled by corporate interests who are in the pocket of the establishment war machine.”

Left-wing publications such as the Nation and Jacobin have criticized Gabbard. The Daily Kos hit Gabbard for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and developing ties with Hindu nationalists in a piece which endorsed her Democratic primary opponent in her congressional race.

Having a strong foreign policy has been a hallmark of President Trump’s. He reversed many of the poor decisions made by his predecessor. Now, he’s fighting for another term to keep proper foreign policy in the Oval Office.

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Two weeks after Benghazi attack, Ilhan Omar Tweeted ‘Allahu Akbar’

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Two weeks after Benghazi attack Ilhan Omar Tweeted Allahu Akbar

This is old news, of course, but bears repeating at this time. Representative Ilhan Omar has been doing everything she can over the last couple of weeks to paint herself as the victim of bigotry and someone who loves our country. And while there’s definitely some substance to the notion that crowds of Republicans shouldn’t be chanting “send her back,” it’s also understandable why so many Americans are opposed to her presence on Capitol Hill.

Even if we dismiss reports that she married her brother, called for CBP to be eliminated, said this is “not going to be the country of white people,” referred to 9/11 as “some people did something,” and is regularly praised by former KKK leader David Duke, it’s difficult to dismiss her reaction to the Benghazi attacks that took the lives of four American heroes in 2012.

I’m not going to dignify her Tweet with an opinion. She’s the one who needs to explain it. But despite her celebration, life isn’t good for the four men who lost there’s in Benghazi. Remember this, folks, as Democrats embrace her wholeheartedly.

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