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For a month now, the Saudi air force has been bombing Yemen to reverse a takeover of that nation of 25 million by Houthi rebels, and reinstall a president who fled his country and is residing in Riyadh.

The Saudis have hit airfields, armor and arms depots, and caused a humanitarian catastrophe. Nearly 1,000 dead, 3,500 wounded and tens of thousands homeless. The poorest nation in the Arab world is near collapse. Dependent upon imported food, Yemen faces malnutrition and starvation.

And the United States has been an accomplice in the Saudi bombing of Yemen.

Why? Why is Yemen’s civil war America’s war?

What did the Houthis ever do to us?

While they bear us no love, their Houthi rebellion was an uprising against a pair of autocrats who had been imposed upon them, and against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Houthis’ main enemy, AQAP, is America’s worst enemy.

Why are we then making ourselves de facto allies of al-Qaida?

For while the Saudis have been bombing the Houthis, easing the pressure on al-Qaida, AQAP effected a prison break of 270 inmates, including scores of terrorists, and seized the port of Mukalla.

The Saudis claim the Houthi rebellion is part of an Iranian Shiite scheme to overrun and dominate the Sunni Middle East.

But Pakistan is not buying it, and not sending troops. The Egyptians seem reluctant to enlist. Nor is there hard evidence Iran armed or incited the Houthis who have been fighting for years. Tehran reportedly advised the rebels not to take the city of Aden, and is calling for a ceasefire and peace talks.

Saudi propaganda portrays the Middle East as caught up in a great Muslim struggle, with a Shiite Crescent led by Iran seeking to swallow up the Sunni states.

But is this true? Or is America being dragged into fighting yet another war where we have no vital interest, against an enemy that has not attacked us and has no plans to do so?

In today’s chaotic Middle East, who are our real enemies, those attacking and killing Americans and murdering our friends?

First on the enemies list are al-Qaida and ISIS. No terrorist group has killed more Americans than al-Qaida. No terrorist group has behaved with more savagery toward U.S. citizens, Christians, and friends of ours than ISIS.

And who is most fiercely resisting these enemies of ours?

The Saudis? The Gulf Arabs? Our NATO ally Turkey?

By no means. All, at one time or another, have abetted the al-Nusra Front or ISIS in Syria. And none has sent troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq.

Yet the Houthis, two of whose mosques in Yemen’s capital were blown up in March by ISIS, with 135 dead and 350 wounded, have been actively battling these terrorists.

In Iraq, it is Shiite militias, admittedly no friends, Iranians, and Kurds who have been aiding Baghdad in battling the Islamic State.

It is Hezbollah and Iran who have been backing Damascus with arms and troops in Bashar Assad’s war against ISIS and the al-Qaida affiliate.

When it comes to battling our enemies, our Sunni friends have been dragging their feet, or even collaborating. But the Shiite Crescent we are supposed to fear as the new Persian Empire has been actively fighting those same enemies.

In his Wall Street Journal column on the Middle East, Yaroslav Trofimov reports that the Saudis are euphoric over their successes in bombing the Houthis, and are looking forward to new wars:


“This display of military might has already unleashed patriotic fervor in Riyadh. It has spurred talk that once the Houthis are dealt with, Saudi Arabia’s Sunni coalition should move against a more formidable Iranian ally, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and destroy the Syrian air force.

“‘The massacres in Syria should stop and its regime there should go,’ said Khalid al-Dakhil, a Saudi sociologist and prominent commentator. ‘The right thing to do after Yemen would be for the Gulf countries and Egypt, Jordan and Turkey to go into Syria to dislodge that regime.'”

About this coming Saudi-led blitzkrieg, several observations:

First, while the Houthis have been bloodied they are not beaten. The Saudis may have just thrown a rock into a hornets’ nest.

Second, how would Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq and Russia respond to a Saudi-led war to overthrow their allies in Syria?

Third, if Bashar Assad falls in Syria, who rises to power if not the al-Nusra Front and ISIS, the only effective forces opposing him today?

Terrible as is the war that Assad is waging in his own country, is not his regime preferable to what ISIS in Raqqa and al-Nusra in Idlib have on offer to us?

Reportedly, the Americans are trying to coax the Saudis out of their war in Yemen.

Wise move. Kings don’t tend to last in long wars, especially in wars they themselves have started.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2015

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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    Jews run America, and they want Muslims to kill Muslims.

    And Muslims are so damn stupid that they are obliging like the tards they are.

    • Replies: @Realist
  2. in other words

    The enemy of my “friend” is my friend.

    Israel is the s*%t-stirrer in the entire region.
    Only Iran can “contain” Israel.

    Israel is a real and present danger to US, to Christians, and to US interests.

    Investigative journalist Robert Parry offers this evidence:

    Israeli-Saudi Alliance Slips into View October 12, 2013

    Exclusive: The Israeli-Saudi détente is slowly emerging from the shadows, with a media report on a secret Jerusalem meeting and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s oblique reference in his UN speech. But this powerhouse collaboration could mean trouble for U.S. diplomacy in the Mideast, reports Robert Parry.

    Times of Israel concurs:

    Israel may join defense pact with Saudi Arabia, UAEJordan and Turkey to also play role in US-brokered plan to contain, rather than thwart, Iran, London’s Sunday Times reportsBY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF May 5, 2013

    USA should be providing Iran all possible assistance to contain and degrade Israel’s threat to the region, to Christians, and to US interests in the region.

    When are the US administration and the US Department of Defense going to wake up and figure out that it has been fighting the wrong enemy — and that it has been doing so ever since it destroyed Germany for the benefit of Russian Bolsheviks and zionist Jews?

    • Replies: @Irish Savant
  3. Realist says:

    “Why Is Yemen Our War?”

    Israel said so.

  4. Realist says:
    @Priss Factor

    “And Muslims are so damn stupid that they are obliging like the tards they are.”

    Yeah, they’re almost as dumb as the whites in this country that worship at the feet of Israel.

  5. @solontoCroesus

    Yes, it’s amazing how the activities of the Israelis and Saudis seem to complement one another’s interests even while invective flies between them.

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Yes, it’s amazing how the activities of the Israelis and Saudis seem to complement one another’s interests even while invective.

    They have a common enemy, Christ and His Church.

    • Replies: @matt
  7. matt says:

    They [Israel and Saudi Arabia] have a common enemy, Christ and His Church.

    Not to mention Muhammad al-Mahdi and his Ummah.

  8. MEexpert says:

    The Talibans, the Al-Qaeda, the Al-Qaeda in Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Al-Nusra Front, and the ISIS are all Sunnis and yet Pat calls Sunnis “our friends.”

    We need to choose our friends wisely.

    • Replies: @matt
  9. matt says:

    The Talibans, the Al-Qaeda, the Al-Qaeda in Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Al-Nusra Front, and the ISIS are all Sunnis and yet Pat calls Sunnis “our friends.”

    He’s being ironic, smart guy.

  10. Renoman says:

    There is only one reason for the US to be there and that of course is oil. The thing is do they really need the oil any more? With Fracking, the tar sands and the big puddle in Venezuela I would say America could just get out and let some other sucker [China, Russia, etc.] get in there. Nothing there but sand and lunatics.
    Spend that money on a new energy infrastructure and a decent Health care system, the voters would love it!

  11. Esquire says:

    “Kings don’t last long in wars”?

    No bones to pick with the basic thrust of your article, but I’m not sure where this non sequitur comes from. In the specific case, the al Saud dynasty seems as secure as ever, and I doubt you would be willing to straightforwardly claim that any Yemeni adventures are likely to threaten their dominance. In the general case, war and monarchy seem to go together quite nicely as far as I can tell. Democracies, on the other hand, have a hell of a time avoiding the temptation to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  12. Art says:

    The Axis of Evil – Zionist Israel – Wahabist Saudi Arabia – and their toddy the US Congress.

  13. George says:

    Because America long ago morphed into indispensable warring nation.

  14. KA says:

    One of the benefits of the war on terror or global war on terror is the automatic appearance of the scene of the next war . The benefit of the continus war is that the reckoning doesn’t show up as an arrest warrant or subpoena or even as invitation to discuss the relevance of the continuation of the war . The players are often asked or forced or allowed to play the role of a charlaton or magicin . Often they would just be allowed to make a cameo appearance like a onetime seller of a rotten product about to be discovered.
    Someone in Bush administration said ( Card or Rove) that one didn’t roll out new product in autumn . He could have said that one doesn’t use the same snake oil seller twice .
    So this war is ours. For the sellers like Frum,Feith,Abram,Cohen,Lantos,Liberman,Wurmser,Podohoretz ,Bernard Lewis,Laurent Murawiec or Perle or Josh Muravchik might be gone having served the mono loyalty to the country they adore from thousands of miles away but the organizations that anchor them aren’t gone. AIPAC JINSA AEI ISRAELI PROJECT FDD ECI just to name a few along with those noble sounding conferences or committees like Friends of Syria or Committe to Liberate Iran still embroider the landscape and dominate the otherwise morally and intellectually bankrupt vast media managed political space which find facts always very inconvenient .
    Yemen is part of a wide land with common language,culture,history,and common foreign threats and fami,oar internal tension. The borders separating one from another is new ,way more recent than border separating Austria from Germany or US from Canada or UK . The aftermath is like water ,always finds the low point ravaged with scarcity of concrete ( food) and abstract ( political )resources that hold a country together . But for deceased Lntos or surviving offspring of his generational ideas any war is better and war anywhere in ME is the best option to any peace of unknown significance .
    Yes its our war and no less than Iraq was or Libya was .it is the next stop sign on way to Iran or Syria or could be even Saudi if it stops to keep on yielding and yielding to every demand that is kept on being made .

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