Biden Lied About Yemen

The Biden administration has finally admitted that the US is indeed providing offensive material support to Saudi Arabia’s genocidal assault on Yemen, directly contradicting Biden’s February claim that it would no longer be providing offensive support in that war.

We are being lied to about yet another US war by yet another US president.

“The United States continues to provide maintenance support to Saudi Arabia’s Air Force given the critical role it plays in Saudi air defense and our longstanding security partnership,” Pentagon spokesperson Jessica McNulty has informed Vox reporter Alex Ward.

“Multiple US defense officials and experts acknowledged that, through a US government process, the Saudi government pays commercial contractors to maintain and service their aircraft, and those contractors keep Saudi warplanes in the air.

What the Saudis do with those fighter jets, however, is up to them,” Ward reports. “The US could cancel those contracts at any time, thus effectively grounding the Saudi Air Force, but doing so would risk losing Riyadh as a key regional partner.”

“The admission by the DoD that US companies are still authorized to maintain Saudi warplanes… means that our government is still enabling the Saudi operations, including bombings and enforcing a blockade on Yemen’s ports” @HassanElTayyab @voxdotcom https://t.co/q0NY6yyGqd

— Hassan El-Tayyab (@HassanElTayyab) April 27, 2021

“The recent admission by the Department of Defense that US companies are still authorized to maintain Saudi warplanes … means that our government is still enabling the Saudi operations, including bombings and enforcing a blockade on Yemen’s ports,” Hassan El-Tayyab, the legislative manager for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbying group, told Ward.

El-Tayyab is on record speaking out after Biden’s deceitful February announcement, saying this administration needs to make it abundantly clear what it actually means by ending offensive support for the war on Yemen and actually stick to it. “I’m not a full pessimist here. I welcome the news,” he told Al Jazeera at the time.

“But I’m just trying to stay vigilant and not take the foot off the gas on advocacy pressure. Because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Well, now we do know. The US is maintaining and servicing the war planes that are bombing Yemen and enforcing a blockade which has killed hundreds of thousands and the United Nations warns could kill 400,000 more this year alone if conditions don’t change, proving Joe Biden a liar and vindicating the experts and activists who cautioned against accepting his announcement on blind faith.

Getting to this point where questions are finally answered about the reality of the Biden administration’s Yemen policy has been like pulling teeth, with officials giving questioners the runaround for months on this issue.

Watch this clip of US Yemen Envoy Tim Lenderking dodging questions like George Bush dodges shoes as congressman Ted Lieu tries to get a straight answer as to whether the US has stopped supporting the war on Yemen:

US Yemen envoy Lenderking can’t—or won’t—answer repeated requests by @TedLieu about whether US still supports the Saudi war in Yemen.

“I can’t speak to that point specifically… there are discussions underway on that… I’m not totally in that information loop”@StateDept_NEA pic.twitter.com/9oQ7d8nz6s

— Just Foreign Policy (@justfp) April 21, 2021

Antiwar‘s Dave DeCamp writes the following:

The admission comes over two months since President Biden said he was ending support for Riyadh’s “offensive” operations in Yemen.

Vox reporter Alex Ward asked Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Monday if the planes that the US is servicing could be used for offensive operations in Yemen.

Kirby admitted that the “maintenance support for systems could be used for both” offensive and defensive operations.

Besides continuing to maintain the Saudi Air Force, the Biden administration has given Riyadh the political cover to continue enforcing the blockade on Yemen.

Biden officials have claimed that Yemen is not under a blockade, even though Saudi warships are preventing fuel shipments from docking in the port of Hodeidah, which makes it impossible to deliver food to Yemen’s starving civilian population.

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The United Nations conservatively estimates that some 233,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war between the Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition, mostly from what it calls “indirect causes”.

Those indirect causes would be disease and starvation resulting from what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls “the worst famine the world has seen for decades”.

When people hear the word “famine” they usually think of mass hunger caused by droughts or other naturally occurring phenomena, but in reality the starvation deaths we are seeing in Yemen (a huge percentage of which are children under the age of five) are caused by something that is no more natural than the starvation deaths you’d see in a medieval siege.

They are the result of the Saudi coalition’s use of blockades and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites, and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes aimed at making the Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen so weak and miserable that they break.

The United States lies about all its wars with the help of the mass media, but up until this year those lies have largely consisted of lies by omission: simply not talking about Yemen (like when MSNBC went an entire year without mentioning it a single time during the height of Russiagate hysteria), reporting on the famine as though it’s the result of a tragic natural disaster, or omitting America’s role in the slaughter.

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This time, it was just a straightforward lie: Biden said the US was ending offensive support, and it wasn’t.

Don’t look away—Yemen is likely entering a deep famine. Over 30% will be malnourished in 2021, and 400,000 children could die this year due to the supply blockade of #Yemen.
pic.twitter.com/23vURrSF2f

— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) April 28, 2021

As we’ve discussed previously, when the people demand something of their government it’s a lot easier to simply tell them you’re on their side and redirect them than to tell them no. Democrats are especially good at this.

As awareness grows that Yemen is the single most horrifying atrocity taking place in our world today, pressure is mounting for the US government to use its tremendous amount of leverage over Saudi Arabia to cease the human butchery.

Rather than increasing that pressure by saying no, the Biden administration defused it by falsely pretending to give in to the demands.

Because the risk of “losing Riyadh as a key regional partner” was deemed too great.

And meanwhile the slaughter continues, unbroken from Obama to Trump and from Trump to Biden. The names change, the narratives change, but the murderous imperial war machine rolls on uninterrupted.

 

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Nikki Haley: Biden ‘snubbing’ Israel, ‘cozying up’ to Iran

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused the Biden administration Wednesday of “snubbing Israel” and “cozying up to Iran” in the two weeks the 46th president has been in office.

Haley told “Fox News Primetime” host Trey Gowdy that Biden’s approach toward Tehran is “truly dangerous” for neighboring countries, pointing specifically to his desire to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump pulled out of the Obama-era agreement in 2018, calling it “defective at its core.”

 “I mean, you look at the fact that they’re looking at getting back into the Iran deal … that means you’re going to lift all the sanctions that we put on Iran,” Haley said.

The former ambassador credited the crippling sanctions imposed by Trump with weakening Tehran and limiting their terror-funding operation in the Middle East.

It “weakened their economy so much that they’ve got the Iranian people demonstrating in the street against the regime,” she said. “That’s what we wanted.”

Biden, Haley predicted, is “going to jump back in the Iran deal but not ask them to leave Syria. You’re not going to ask them to stop their nuclear program. 

But, Haley warned the “bigger issue,” is that Biden’s soft approach would cause significant harm to Israel and Arab countries who supported Trump’s effort to reduce Tehran’s power and limit their nuclear capabilities. 

“You’re actually hurting our friends, Israel and the Arab countries, that worked with us on getting these sanctions back on Iran, that worked with us on trying to hold back terrorism,” she said.

“The Biden administration is snubbing our friends like Israel, but they’re cozying up to enemies like Iran.”

Haley questioned Biden’s failure to reach out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the days since his inauguration.

“Biden’s been in office for two weeks now. He has yet to call the Israeli prime minister, one of our closest allies,” she said. “I don’t understand the logic.”

Hello Biden: A War With Iran Predicted

Since the days of the Tower of Babel, there has been no defilement in the world like the defilement of Zionism. ~Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald

Terrorist acts, economic sabotage and the nuclear threat all violate the Charter of the United Nations, but Israel is the only member state of that organization that does not to abide by its rules, and has not done so for three quarters of a century.

The designation of regular Americans, who exercised their right to protest on Capitol Hill, as “Domestic Terrorists”, along with Biden’s plan to introduce a “Domestic Terrorism” bill or Patriot Act 2.0, seems to be in preparation prior to bombing Iran and thereby cowering the opposition and preventing “right-wingers” (aka the millions upon millions who voted for Trump and are against such a war) from protesting in mass.

“And as the inevitable companion to Patriot Act 2.0, there will be war overseas,” predicts Pepe Escobar.

So prepare for a possible war with Iran under Biden. A war that could start by hitting Syria first. And since Syria and Iran have a mutual defense pact, Iran would be dragged in, followed by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

All in all, the ultimate target is Iran, the head of the axis of resistance against Apartheid Israel’s destructive expansion in the Middle East.

How Can “Israel” Find Peace?

This building [of the Holy Land] is nothing but destruction… but such a group is very dangerous to the Jewish people, and we must stay as far as possible from them… Worse than all of the above is Zionism and their shekels that they give to strengthen the sinners in Jerusalem, who anger G-d in His palace and His city.

Satan himself disguises himself at the head of the Zionist organization.

(Mishkenos Haro’im volume 6)

Report: Israel Plotting How to Sabotage Biden’s Return to Iran Deal

Israel’s PM and defense minister at odds over Biden’s Iran policy

With the incoming Biden administration expected to return to diplomacy with Iran, Israeli officials are working on ways to sabotage a revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

An Israeli source told Bloomberg that Israeli officials are weighing their options and deciding between a public crusade against the JCPOA or a quieter strategy through behind-the-scenes engagement with the Biden administration. In the coming weeks, Israel is expected to send a stream of envoys to Washington to discuss the JCPOA.

Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have made their opposition to Biden’s known. Reports from Israeli media said Netanyahu is at odds with Defense Minister Benny Gantz over handling Biden’s Iran policy.

Netanyahu is looking to box Gantz out of Iran talks with the Biden administration. Gantz was set to take over as prime minister in November 2021 as part of a power-sharing deal between his Blue and White party and Netanyahu’s Likud. But the coalition collapsed, and Israelis are heading back to the polls for another election in March.

The upcoming election could cause Netanyahu to move hard and fast against Biden’s attempts at diplomacy with Iran. Considering he likely signed off on the November assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an aggressive move is not out of the question for Netanyahu.

Any hardline moves from Netanyahu could impede Biden’s plans. It might require Biden to take a strong public stance against Netanyahu and Israel early in his administration.