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The Forgotten War in Yemen and the Unchecked War Powers of the Presidency in the Age of Trump
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The long national nightmare that was the 2016 presidential election is finally over. Now, we’re facing a worse terror: the reality of a Trump presidency. Donald Trump has already promised to nominate a segregationist attorney general, a national security adviser who is a raging Islamophobe , a secretary of education who doesn’t believe in public schools, and a secretary of defense whose sobriquet is “Mad Dog.” How worried should we be that General James “Mad Dog” Mattis may well be the soberest among them?

Along with a deeply divided country, the worst income inequality since at least the 1920s, and a crumbling infrastructure, Trump will inherit a 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war. While the named enemy may be a mere emotion (“terror”) or an incendiary strategy (“terrorism”), the victims couldn’t be more real, and as in all modern wars, the majority of them are civilians.

On how many countries is U.S. ordnance falling at the moment? Some put the total at six; others, seven. For the record, those seven would be Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and, oh yes, Yemen.

The United States has been directing drone strikes against what it calls al-Qaeda targets in Yemen since 2002, but our military involvement in that country increased dramatically in 2015 when U.S. ally Saudi Arabia inserted itself into a civil war there. Since then, the United States has been supplying intelligence and mid-air refueling for Saudi bombers (many of them American-made F-15s sold to that country). The State Department has also approved sales to the Saudis of $1.29 billion worth of bombs — “smart” and otherwise — together with $1.15 billion worth of tanks, and half a billion dollars of ammunition. And that, in total, is only a small part of the $115 billion total in military sales the United States has offered Saudi Arabia since President Obama took power in 2009.

Why are American bombs being dropped on Yemen by American-trained pilots from American-made planes? I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, a glimpse of the results.

“On the Brink of Abyss”

The photographs are devastating: tiny, large-eyed children with sticks for limbs stare out at the viewer. In some, their mothers touch them gently, tentatively, as if a stronger embrace would snap their bones. These are just a few victims of the famine that war has brought to Yemen, which was already the poorest country in the Arab world before the present civil war and Saudi bombing campaign even began. UNICEF spokesman Mohammed Al-Asaadi told al-Jazeera that, by August 2016, the agency had counted 370,000 children “suffering from severe acute malnutrition,” and the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) says 14.4 million people in Yemen are “food insecure,” seven million of them — one fifth of the country’s population — “in desperate need of food assistance.” Before the war began, Yemen imported 90% of its food. Since April 2015, however, Saudi Arabia has blockaded the country’s ports. Today, 80% of Yemenis depend on some kind of U.N. food aid for survival, and the war has made the situation immeasurably worse.

As the WFP reports:

“The nutrition situation continues to deteriorate. According to WFP market analysis, prices of food items spiked in September as a result of the escalation of the conflict. The national average price of wheat flour last month was 55 percent higher compared to the pre-crisis period.”

The rising price of wheat matters, because in many famines, the problem isn’t that there’s no food, it’s that what food there is people can’t afford to buy.

And that was before the cholera outbreak. In October, medical workers began to see cases of that water-borne diarrheal disease, which is easily transmitted and kills quickly, especially when people are malnourished. By the end of the month, according to the World Health Organization, there were 1,410 confirmed cases of cholera, and 45 known deaths from it in the country. (Other estimates put the number of cases at more than 2,200.)

Both these health emergencies have been exacerbated by the ongoing Saudi air war, which has destroyed or otherwise forced the closure of more than 600 healthcare centers, including four hospitals operated by Doctors Without Borders, along with 1,400 schools. More than half of all health facilities in the country have either closed or are only partially functional.

The day before the U.S. election, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the U.N.’s envoy on Yemen, described the situation this way: “People are dying… the infrastructure is falling apart… and the economy is on the brink of abyss.” Every time it seems the crisis can’t get any worse, it does. A recent Washington Post story describes such “wrenching” choices now commonly faced by Yemeni families as whether to spend the little money they have to take one dying child to a hospital or to buy food for the rest of the family.

The Saudi-led coalition includes Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. Between March 2015 and the end of August 2016, according to the Yemen Data Project, an independent, nonpartisan group of academics and human rights organizations, the coalition launched more than 8,600 air strikes. At least a third of them struck civilian targets, including, the Guardian reports, “school buildings, hospitals, markets, mosques and economic infrastructure.” Gatherings like weddings and funerals have come under attack, too. To get a sense of the scale and focus of the air war, consider that one market in the town of Sirwah about 50 miles east of the capital, Sana’a, has already been hit 24 separate times.

Casualty estimates vary, but the World Health Organization says that, as of October 25th, “more than 7,070 people have been killed and over 36,818 injured.” As early as last January, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees reported that 2.4 million people (nearly one-tenth of the population) were already internally displaced — that is, uprooted from their homes by the war. Another 170,000 have fled the country, including Somali and Ethiopian refugees, who had sought asylum from their own countries in Yemen, mistakenly believing that the war there had died down. Leaving Yemen has, however, gotten harder for the desperate and uprooted since the Saudis and Egypt began blockading the country’s ports. Yemen shares land borders with Saudi Arabia to the north and Oman — the only Arab monarchy that is not part of the Saudi-led coalition — to the east.

In early October, Saudi planes attacked a funeral hall in Sana’a where the father of the country’s interior minister was being memorialized, killing at least 135 people and wounding more than 500. Gathered at the funeral, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), were a wide range of Yemenis, including journalists, government officials, and some military men. HRW’s on-the-ground report on the incident claims that the attack, which intentionally targeted civilians and involved an initial air strike followed by a second one after rescuers had begun to arrive 30 minutes later, constitutes a war crime. The Saudi-led coalition acknowledged responsibility for the bombing, blaming the attack on “wrong information.”

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon was horrified and called for a full investigation. “Aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition,” he said, “have already caused immense carnage, and destroyed much of the country’s medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure.”

For once in this forgotten war, the international outcry was sufficient to force the Obama administration to say something vaguely negative about its ally. “U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia,” commented National Security Council Spokesman Ned Price, “is not a blank check.” He added:

“In light of this and other recent incidents, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led coalition and are prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with U.S. principles, values, and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen’s tragic conflict.”

That “check” from Washington did at least include the bombs used in the funeral attack. According to HRW’s on-the-ground reporters, U.S.-manufactured, air-dropped GBU-12 Paveway II 500-pound laser-guided bombs were used.

What’s It All About?

Why is Saudi Arabia, along with its allies, aided by the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom, fighting in Yemen? That country has little oil, although petroleum products are its largest export, followed by among other things “non-fillet fresh fish.” It does lie along one of the world’s main oil trading routes on the Bab el-Mandeb strait between the Suez Canal at the north end of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the south. But neither Saudi nor U.S. access to the canal is threatened by the forces Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.

The Saudis have specifically targeted the Houthis, a political movement named for its founder Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, a Zaidi Shi’a Muslim religious and political leader who died in 2004. The Zaidis are an ancient branch of Shi’a Islam, most of whose adherents live in Yemen.

Officially known as Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), the Houthi movement began in the 1990s as a religious revival among young people, who described it as a vehicle for their commitment to peace and justice. Ansar Allah soon adopted a series of slogans opposing the United States and Israel, along with any Arab countries collaborating with them, presumably including Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states. As Zaidi Muslims, the movement also opposed any significant role for Salafists (fundamentalist Sunnis) in Yemeni life and held demonstrations at mosques, including in the capital, Sana’a.

In 2004, this led to armed confrontations when Yemeni security forces, commanded by then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, attacked the demonstrators. Badreddin al-Houthi, the movement’s founder, was killed in the intermittent civil war that followed and officially ended in 2010. Al-Jazeera, the Qatar government’s news agency, has suggested that President Saleh may have used his war with the Houthis unsuccessfully to get at his real rival, a cousin and general in the Yemeni army named Ali Mohsen.

During the Arab Spring in 2011, the Houthis supported a successful effort to oust President Saleh, and as a reward, according to al-Jazeera, that sameGeneral Mohsen gave them control of the state of Saadra, an area where many Houthi tribespeople live. Having helped unseat Saleh, the Houthis — and much of the rest of Yemen — soon fell out with his Saudi-supported replacement, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. In January 2015, the Houthis took over Sana’a and placed Hadi under effective house arrest. He later fled to Saudi Arabia and is believed to be living in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The Houthis for their part have now allied with their old enemy Saleh.

So, once again, why do the Saudis (and their Sunni Gulf State allies) care so much about the roiling internal politics and conflicts of their desperately poor neighbor to the south? It’s true that the Houthis have managed to lob some rockets into Saudi Arabia and conduct a few cross-border raids, but they hardly represent an existential threat to that country.

The Saudis firmly believe, however, that Iran represents such a threat. As Saudi diplomatic documents described in the New York Times suggest, that country has “a near obsession with Iran.” They see the hand of that Shi’a nation everywhere, and certainly everywhere that Shi’a minorities have challenged Sunni or secular rulers, including Iraq.

There seems to be little evidence that Iran supported the Houthis (who represent a minority variant of Shi’a Islam) in any serious way — at least until the Saudis got into the act. Even now, according to a report in the Washington Post, the Houthis “are not Iranian puppets.” Their fight is local and the support they get from Iran remains “limited and far from sufficient to make more than a marginal difference to the balance of forces in Yemen, a country awash with weapons. There is therefore no supporting evidence to the claim that Iran has bought itself any significant measure of influence over Houthi decision-making.”

So to return to where we began: why exactly has Washington supported the Saudi war in Yemen so fully and with such clout? The best guess is that it’s a make-up present to Saudi Arabia, a gesture to help heal the rift that opened when the Obama administration concluded its July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. Under that agreement’s terms, Iran vowed “that it will under no circumstances ever seek, develop, or acquire any nuclear weapons” in return for the United States lifting years of economic sanctions.

U.S. Boots on the Ground

The munitions the United States has supplied to the Saudis for their war in Yemen include cluster bombs, which sprinkle hundreds of miniature bomblets around an area as big as several football fields. Unexploded bomblets can go off years later, one reason why their use is now generally considered to violate the laws of war. In fact, 119 countries have signed a treaty to outlaw cluster bombs, although not the United States. (As it happens, Saudi Arabia isn’t the only U.S. ally to favor cluster bombs. Israel has also used them, for instance deploying “more than a million” bomblets in its 2006 war against Lebanon, according to an Israel Defense Forces commander.)

We know that U.S.-made cluster bombs have already killed civilians in Yemen, and in June 2016, many Democratic members of Congress tried to outlaw their sale to Saudi Arabia. They lost in a close 216-204 vote. Only 16 Democrats backed President Obama’s request to continue supplying cluster bombs to the Saudis. Congressional Republicans and the Defense Department, however, fought back fiercely, as the Intercept has reported:

“‘The Department of Defense strongly opposes this amendment,’ said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Committee on Defense Appropriations, during floor debate. ‘They advise us that it would stigmatize cluster munitions, which are legitimate weapons with clear military utility.’”

Perhaps some weapons deserve to be stigmatized.

These days it’s not just American bombs that are landing in Yemen. U.S. Special Operations forces have landed there, too, ostensibly to fight al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the local terror outfit that has been expanding its operations amid the chaos of the war in that country. If anything, the air war has actually strengthened AQAP’s position, allowing it to seize more territory in the chaos of the ongoing conflict. In the ever-shifting set of alliances that is Yemeni reality, those U.S. special ops troops find themselves allied with the United Arab Emirates against AQAP and the local branch of the Islamic State, or ISIS, and also, at least temporarily, with a thriving movement of southern Yemeni separatists, who would like to see a return to the pre-1990 moment when there were two Yemens, north and south.

In the beginning, the White House claimed that the special ops deployment was temporary. But by June 2016, the Washington Post was reporting that “the U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen… for the foreseeable future.” And that has yet to change, so consider us now directly involved in an undeclared land war in that country.

Compared to the horrors of Iraq and Syria, the slaughter, displacement, and starvation in Yemen may seem like small potatoes — except, of course, to the people living and dying there. But precisely because there are no U.S. economic or military interests in Yemen, perhaps it could be the first arena in Washington’s endless war on terror to be abandoned.

Missing (Reward Offered for Sighting It): Congressional Backbone

I vividly recall a political cartoon of the 1980s that appeared at a moment when Congress was once again voting to send U.S. aid to the Contra forces fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Having witnessed firsthand the effects of the Contra war there, with its intentional military strategy of attacking civilians and public services as well as its use of torture ,kidnapping, and mutilation, I found those Congressional debates on sending money, weapons, and CIA trainers to the Contras frustrating. The cartoon’s single panel caught my mood exactly. It was set in the cloakroom of the House of Representatives. Suspended from each hanger was a backbone. A blob-like creature in a suit could just be seen slithering out of the frame. The point was clear: Congress had checked its spine at the door.

In fact, in every war the United States has fought since World War II, Congress has effectively abdicated its constitutional right to declare war, repeatedly rolling over and playing dead for the executive branch. During the last 50 years, from the Reagan administration’s illegal Contra war to the “war on terror,” this version of a presidential power grab has only accelerated. By now, we’ve become so used to all of this that the term “commander-in-chief” has become synonymous with “president” — even in domestic contexts. With a Trump administration on the horizon, it should be easier to see just what an irresponsible folly it’s been to allow the power of the presidency and the national security state to balloon in such an uncontrolled, unchecked way.

I wish I had the slightest hope that our newly elected Republican Congress would find its long-lost spine in the age of Donald Trump and reassert its right and duty to decide whether to commit the country to war, starting in Yemen. Today, more than ever, the world needs our system of checks and balances to work again. The alternative, unthinkable as it might be, is looming.

It’s 2016. We know where our bombs are. Isn’t it time to bring them home?

Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua .

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Thirdeye says:

    Gordon supported the presidential candidate who, as Secretary of State, accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from the Saudis, approved huge arms sales to the Saudis, engineered the overthrow of the Libyan government leading to the chaos there, facilitated the rise of Jihadists to destabilize the government of Syria, facilitated the “rat line” of Libyan arms to Jihadists in Syria via Turkey with a node at the US Consulate in Benghazi, and wanted military confrontation with Russia over Syria in support of said Jihadists. She should be happy we dodged that bullet in spite of the politically correct myopia of herself and others like her.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  2. Unz should reconsider giving carte blanche to post-menopausal cat ladies to spaz about the God Emperor

  3. Escher says:

    How many bombs has Trump ordered to be dropped so far, compared to the havoc wreaked by the Nobel peace prize winner in Libya, Syria and Yemen?
    The author certainly has some cheek.

  4. Eight years, and President Peace Prize bombing seven countries before this demented old woman condemns Trump before he’s even been given the oath of office.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @DannyMarcus
  5. 22pp22 says:

    Cool it. Leave the type writer alone and go and feed your cats. Their litter also needs changing.

    So, far unlike Saint Barack, Trump has spent a lot more time building things than knocking them down.

  6. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Before the Saudis really started bombing the hell out of Yemen, they had announced that China was going to upgrade and repair the Aden port for Chinese–and others–shipping. Shortly after, US bombs started falling like rain.

    All this ME insanity has one one thing in common; ISRAEL. Israel is supporting ISIS and probably even helped to create that monster, to give her American colony the excuse to stay bogged won for decades, sending our kids off to fight and die for the glory of Israel, as in Eretz Israel, which the Zionist want to expand from the ‘Brook of Egypt’ to the Euphrates.

    For confirmation of this, check out Oden Yinon’s plan, “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” to confirm that.

  7. Dumbo says:

    I don’t know, a “raging Islamophobe” sounds like a good quality too me.

    “Islam lovers” at the Clinton, Bush and Obama administration have destroyed a lot of Muslim countries, maybe an “Islamophobe” who prefers not to interfere is better for them too.

    Are you sure this was supposed to be published at and not at the NYT?

    • Replies: @Qasim
  8. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Neocons in America, in collaboration with Israel, are right now planning to do to Iran what Saudi Arabia has been doing to Yemen. But America would make use of nuclear weapons to achieve the same results in Iran.

  9. Ram2009 says:

    Fallon, the UK Defence Secy got hot under the collar when it was exposed that British supplied planes were using bombs made in Scotland to bomb Yemeni funerals schools shopping mall and the like under guidance from British military personnel in Riyadh.

    It seems our jobs and the vast profits from the sale of these killer machines trump everything, and all “humanitarian concern” is transferred towards the terrorists in Aleppo.

  10. Becky Darling:

    Perhaps I am rash to reply, since I stopped reading after this first sentence: “The long national nightmare that was the 2016 presidential election is finally over.”

    Personally, I saw the election as an exhilarating epic, in which a noble and valiant knight, chosen, most inexplicably, by the favor of the gods, struggles against great odds to recover the Sword of Vinland, the rightful patrimony of his ancestors, which was stolen by trickery and then lost among uncomprehending savages. The high point of the dramatic action is at the end of Book VI, when the witch collapses just outside The Lost Towers in the heat (sent by Thor and Odin) and has to be carried by her footmen into her black carriage.

    You are clearly a university-“educated” American. A European or Russian or Chinese would not use the phrase “long national nightmare” so cavalierly.

  11. Rurik says:

    …Trump will inherit a 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war.

    Today, more than ever, the world needs our system of checks and balances to work again.

    It’s 2016. We know where our bombs are. Isn’t it time to bring them home?

    I guess that means that until now, it wasn’t really time yet.

    One wonders where this crone was when fellow castrating ogress Hillary was cackling over her role in torturing and lynching Gadhafi.

    These identity politics shills are all alarmed at the consolidation of unconstitutional power in the hands of the president, but how many here believe this author would be half so hysterical if the person with their hands of the levers of power were the gorgon war sow herself?

    Yes, America has been committing atrocities willy-nilly the world over, and yes they all should be tried for international war crimes, especially Bush, Obama and Hillary, but somehow I just don’t think the problem started when Donald Trump got elected president.

    There are a lot of people out there that were perfectly sanguine over the treasonous evisceration of our constitutional rights and liberties, so long as they were being committed by leftists against people they didn’t like. Affirmative Action targeted (poor, under-privileged) people they didn’t like for instance- so their principles,** if they ever had any**, were tossed into the trash can. The wars on Saddam and Afghanistan and Gadhafi were sold as wars against strong men and regimes who, among other things, suppressed women. So as Hillary cackled, the amen corner of the leftist hate choir were singing her hosannas. It’s all about identity politics, and there’s simply no room for principles in a tightly clenched feminist er.. fist.

    Other than at the UR, I’ve been mercifully spared reading this particular slag of sanctimonious sleaze. Perhaps she has railed against Obama’s and Hillary’s respective myriad treasons; like the use of NSA wiretaps or Benghazi lies. IDK. But in general, as the left is contorting in apoplectic fear and loathing of all things The Donald- while personally not knowing how he will lead as president (if he makes it that far), I do admit to taking sinful pleasure in the writhing of the butt-hurt legions of Affirmative Action advocates and identity politics shrills, as they lecture and scold us all on the potential for a president who might be guided with an even hand, for once in my lifetime.

    The horrors, the horrors, the horrors…

  12. @Thirdeye

    Thanks for pointing that out. The hypocrisy of the loudmouths is as astonishing as it is perpetual.

  13. I just read this and am ROTFL…there’s gonna be a whole lotta whining, it seems.

    ‘I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,’ Trump told Wallace about the daily briefings

    Read more:

  14. Maurice says:

    The lady has forgotten her meds! Someone please help her!

  15. Disgusted says:

    Ms. Rebecca Gordon, pray tell your readers what has the bombing of Yemen got to do with Trump? Did he order the bombings? Did he encourage them? Your crocodile tears for the Yemenis have filled pools, but where has your common sense drowned? You politically correct fools gladly condone wars and violence and genocide, as long as the perpetrators talk politically correct babble.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  16. Qasim says:

    “Islam lovers” at the Clinton, Bush and Obama administration have destroyed a lot of Muslim countries, maybe an “Islamophobe” who prefers not to interfere is better for them too.

    Excellent point. Personally I would like the basis for Western non-intervention in the Muslim world to be mutual respect and goodwill. But a mindset of “They are all idiots, intervention is hopeless, let them figure it out” would basically be just as good.

  17. woodNfish says:

    I wish I had the slightest hope that our newly elected Republican Congress would find its long-lost spine in the age of Donald Trump and reassert its right and duty to decide whether to commit the country to war, starting in Yemen.

    Well you don’t really have a choice but to wait and find out after late January when Trump takes office. Until then why are you even trying to associate him with military action he has had nothing to do with?

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  18. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    In the “Age of Trump”? Bwa-haha, Trump hasn’t even entered office and this writer is attempting to push the blame off on him. He pretty much ran against all these things if anyone was paying attention. More lying propaganda. Everything revolves around gay-rights and who was going to cater the most to that group. We really escaped calamity by the hair on our necks by avoiding having the evil Mrs Bill as our president. Yeah, these wars are bad and blame ClintonBushObama for all that.
    The sheer gall of these people trying to lecture us and thinking we’re that stupid. It’s really all about the gay parade and who’s going to be in it.

  19. @woodNfish

    this is the only reasonable comment by far. why do so many people attack the author for no reason?

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  20. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Before reading anything by Rebecca Gordon you should read his “Life under Trump”, to properly assess the type of author she is.

    Even the first paragraph only will do.

  21. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    “nominate a segregationist attorney general”

    Rich folks can afford to segregate from dangerous blacks.

    Poor whites can’t and they get robbed, raped, and killed.


    Why should only rich whites afford Segregation and Safe Spaces for their kids?

    Racial Security should be a universal right for whites. As blacks are stronger and more aggressive, all whites deserve the Right of Segregation and Safe Space.

    Racial Security is the Best Healthcare and Mental-care for whites.

    It shouldn’t be decided by money. That way, ONLY RICH WHITES can afford Segregation and Safe Space from black thuggery.
    Racial Security must be guaranteed to ALL whites regardless of income.

    Single Security System.

  22. woodNfish says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    Gordon is a koolaid drinking, dumbass gruber. She actually believed all the lies the lying LSM presstitutes were putting out about Trump – that he is a racist war mongering fascist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Trump hasn’t said or done anything racist, he has never started a war or even a military action and fascists are socialists. You can’t get much stupider than Gordon.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  23. bob says:

    This is one of the most psychotic, delusional posts I have ever read. Gordon desperately needs psychiatric helps.

  24. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Radical Muslim nuttery

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  25. “It’s 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?”

    Is this a rhetorical question or is it addressed to Unitedstatesians?

    If the latter, the answer is no. They don’t know shit from shinola and haven’t since the police action in Korea.

    In Vietnam it got a little dicey,. since so many white middle class young males were disappearing. But now, thanks to Nixon, the armed forces are “professional”, don’t you know?

    Who cares about the bombs?

    Actually if you want to make a case, why don’t you research how many abortions are caused by US-made cluster bombs or white phosphorous or even drones?

    That might get some attention.

    Then again it might not, since most Unitedstatesians don’t give a spit about how many miscarriages and birth defects are being caused by the explosion of depleted uranium munitions by NATO and the US in Serbia and Iraq.

  26. @Disgusted

    Amen to all of that! I’m disgusted too.

    While I’ve been against DC’s goofy wars for next to ever and agree that the election circus was a nightmare because the Charnel House Whore was running for office, and although I’m no Trumpster, at least he probably doesn’t have any blood on his hands.

    The whacked out hysteria of some of these scribblers is beyond pathetic.

  27. @E. A. Costa

    They don’t know shit from shinola and haven’t since the police action in Korea.

    Actually they never did. The whole show has been a fraudulent farce from the beginning.

    I do have tons of evidence, but no one wants to be exposed to it.

    • Replies: @E. A. Costa
    , @Rurik
  28. Rurik says:
    @E. A. Costa

    If the latter, the answer is no. They don’t know shit from shinola and haven’t since the police action in Korea.

    even before that

    but we all know that the same is true of all other people like in Europe and elsewhere who are lied to 24/7 with fake news, and have been for decades

    how ironic is that?

  29. @jacques sheete

    Thanks again for the fine tuning.

    True enough–it was all downhill from the Watermelon Army.

  30. Rurik says:
    @jacques sheete

    I do have tons of evidence, but no one wants to be exposed to it.

    not true

    you’re doing great 😉

  31. pelagic says:
    @E. A. Costa

    “If the latter, the answer is no. They don’t know shit from shinola and haven’t since the police action in Korea.”

    I’m not at all sure I disagree with this, but pray tell in which countries DO they know shit from shinola?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  32. pelagic says:

    Since you are a self-described pacifist I wonder if you have considered the idea that other people, and other peoples, are non-pacifist by choice? Would you respect that choice, regardless of where in the world they lived?

    Almost everywhere on earth it is easy to find warriors and ancient rivalries that are kept alive by tribalism and shifting resources and outside allegiances. That Arabia Felix is notable in this regard has more to do with the nature of her people and their history than any modern foreign influences. Maybe Yemenis love peace as much as anyone else but they seem to have other priorities, too.

    I agree the U.S. should have a minimal role in that country. Since America chose Donald Trump as President instead of the bellicose candidate maybe we can now move in that direction.

  33. Anonymous [AKA "E. A, Costa"] says:

    You expect an annotated list, free or charge and without any elbow grease on your part?

  34. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Gorka finds support at McLean VA Westminster Institute

    and St John the Beloved Catholic Church, also in McLean, where principals of Westminster Institute are members

    He devotes half of his brain to Islamophobia and the other half to Iranophobia. “Iran should be bombed because they call America the Great Satan.” said — rather, spat, Gorka.

  35. denk says:

    After threatening to tear up the Iran nuclear deal,
    the man who pledge to ‘quit as world cop, engage the world, bring back the troops’ now openly threaten China to give way on trades and some others,
    else he’d stir up shit on the TW straits…in addition to SCS, Korean peninsula etc etc. !

    Is this the mafiaso or the potus speaking, am I repeating myself ??

    Donald Trump [Hey Chicoms, your money or your lives !]
    Jim *mad dog* Mattis, [I hate Iran !]
    John Bolton the insane, [I enjoy shaking the chicoms up real good]
    Rudy *911 whitewash* Guiliani,
    Mike [I hate Kim JOng Un] Penny…..

    The stench from the ‘swamp’ is overpowering,
    its enough to send a chill down one’s spine !

    So this is the man who’s win in the 2016 ‘election’ is supposed to avert WWIII ??

    OMFG !!

  36. @woodNfish

    haha, you went berserk mode pretty fast. triggered?

  37. DES says:

    The disconnect between the first paragraph and the rest of the article is so blatant that at first I assumed that Ms. Gordon’s absurd comments about Trump were facetious.

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