Monday, May 7, 2018

The New York Times, ever so very, very timidly, ventures to ask about American role in Yemen's ...

ongoing disastrous war on the poorest of the poor  in the Middle East.

Knowing how the West's MSM is controlled by 6 corporations within which 6 corporations there are 232 media executives all coordinating with each on how much and which flavor to feed the masses - this move by the New York Times seems quite strange, to say the least. 

Notice how the individual journalist(s) are reluctant to put their name(s) to the article and the item is attributed to the "Editorial Board"  - that's because any averse opinion aimed at warmongers in America or aimed at Israel or aimed at Trump's new buddies the headchoppers of Saudi Arabia, would mean loss of livelihood if not death. 

By The Editorial Board
Why Are American Troops in the Yemen War?

The Pentagon and the Trump administration apparently have misled Americans about growing military involvement in a war in Yemen that we should have nothing to do with.

In the latest expansion of America’s secret wars, about a dozen Army commandos have been on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen since late last year, according to an exclusive report by The Times. The commandos are helping to locate and destroy missiles and launch sites used by indigenous Houthi rebels in Yemen to attack Saudi cities.

This involvement puts the lie to Pentagon statements that American military aid to the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen is limited to aircraft refueling, logistics and intelligence, and is not related to combat.

When senators at a hearing in March demanded to know whether American troops were at risk of entering hostilities with the Houthis, Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the Central Command, assured them, “We’re not parties to this conflict.”

In at least 14 countries, American troops are fighting extremist groups that are professed enemies of the United States or are connected, sometimes quite tenuously, to such militants. The Houthis pose no such threat to the United States. But they are backed by Iran, so the commandos’ deployment increases the risk that the United States could come into direct conflict with that country, a target of increasing ire from the administration, the Saudis and Israelis.

Such significant military decisions require public debate to force presidents and their generals to justify their decisions and be held accountable for the consequences. But checks and balances have eroded since Sept. 11, 2001, as ordinary Americans became indifferent to the country’s endless wars against terrorists and Congress largely abdicated its constitutional role to share responsibility with the president for sending troops into battle....

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