An already harshly-divided nation is about to watch the Biden Administration’s next attempt to play savior-messiah to a problem it had a hand in creating, while scapegoating former President Trump as the villain — once again.
In an article by Intelligencer, a Vox media subsidiary, incoming Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the Biden Administration would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen. He claims the actions created the worst humanitarian situation anywhere in the world.
Furthermore, Blinken stated that the Biden Administration would immediately review the Trump Administration’s designation of Houthi Rebels as a terrorist organization, in what the Biden team called a “spiteful” move by Trump. The aversion to Trump’s decision is further corroborated by the Biden State Department in an article by CNN.
There are two points of contention, however, with the statements by the Biden Administration.
First, the article by Intelligencer only passively alludes to the U.S. involvement beginning under the Obama-Biden Administration, and the CNN article doesn’t mention that fact at all. The truth is that the U.S. became involved under the Obama-Biden Administration in March 2015, in direct support of Saudi Arabia who was attempting to restore the legitimate government of Yemen that had been overthrown by the Houthi Rebels. In October 2016, the U.S. began directly engaging the Houthis in counterterrorism operations after they fired cruise missiles at U.S. warships off the coast of Yemen, according to this article by ABC News.
The second point of contention is that it was, again, the Obama-Biden Administration that first acknowledged the true terror threat posed by the Houthis in Yemen. In early April 2015, the Navy seized weapons from Iran that were bound for the Houthis in Yemen. Just a few days later, while appearing on PBS News Hour, then Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Iran’s role in Yemen. You can watch that interview or read the transcript here.
Iran’s involvement is relevant, of course, because Iran is on the list of Terrorist States by the State Department. Another ally of the Houthis, Hezbollah, is also closely tied to Iran and also designated as a foreign terrorist organization. With few other allies, it’s simple to draw the common denominator between the three — terrorism against the United States. Since 2003, the Houthis motto has been, “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”
During a White House press briefing in March 2015, the Obama Administration directly admits the US role and counterterrorism policy in Yemen.
Further supporting the allegations of a formal terrorist designation, are the many human rights abuses committed by the Houthis, including the enlistment of child soldiers in their combat operations. This was documented by the international watchdog Human Rights Watch in April 2015, and was first revealed to the U.S. State Department in a Classified transmission from U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Stephen Seche, in 2009. (Document sourced from Wikileaks).
These facts are all important for two reasons: It was the Obama-Biden Administration who initiated the U.S. involvement toward violence in Yemen — not President Trump. And, the Houthi Rebels are, as the Trump Administration appropriately designated them, a terrorist organization.
It would seem outrageously duplicitous for the Biden Administration to classify overzealous protesters at the US Capitol terrorists, but not a group who violently overthrew an internationally-recognized government, launched attacks at U.S. troops, commits human rights atrocities, and allies with other known terrorist organizations.
It is especially outrageous when the same Administration displaying such Machiavellian behavior is one-half of the team who began to engage that foreign threat as terrorists almost 6 years ago.
Don’t be fooled by a deceitful Administration and their cohorts in the media once again trying to pass this mess off on Trump, while accepting praise for acting the hero of their own deliberately-planned disaster.