On March 26, 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an unfortunate war against the Houthi-led rebels in Yemen, opening what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is known, the architect of the Saudi war effort, claimed it was a brief conflictwith a quick Saudi victory. The Obama administration, apparently believing MBS’s claims, helped support the war effort Tens of billions of dollars in arms sales and logistical support. Six years on, bin Salman’s prediction of a short war appears to be a cruel joke, and the US’s continued role in supporting the coalition between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is incomprehensible.
Almost one a quarter of a million People have died of indiscriminate airstrikes, punishment blockade and death in Saudi Arabia / United Arab Emirates since the intervention began preventable diseases as a result of the destruction of civil infrastructure and a lack of medical care. As a new one report CNN has documented that the blockade continues to this day, preventing the importation of critical fuel supplies that have made hospitals difficult to operate and hampering the provision of essential humanitarian aid. David Beasley, the director of the United Nations World Food Program, underlined the extent of the crisis: “I can’t say this enough: as soon as a famine hits, we’ll be too late. Without urgent intervention in Yemen this year, we risk losing a child every 75 seconds.”
The Biden government started out on promise with regard to Yemen. In his first foreign policy speechThe president said the United States would cease support for offensive operations in Yemen and cease relevant arms sales. The government has since suspended two bomb sales to Saudi Arabia and ordered one review US arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But much more needs to be done and soon. For starters, Biden should suspend all U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates until the end of the blockade, support a permanent ceasefire, and engage in an inclusive peace process that ends the war, as requested by more than 80 organizations and Individuals in a february letter to the administration.
Cutting off logistics and maintenance support to the Saudi armed forces would be a particularly effective tool in convincing the Saudis to end their role in the plight of Yemen. Like Bruce Riedel from the Brookings Institution written downWithout this support from the United States, the Royal Saudi Air Force would be on the ground in no time. Ending this support would send a stern message to Riyadh to end its reckless actions that Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) Is taking said “Look like war crimes to me.”