By Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg
Earlier today, an overwhelming majority of the United States Senate approved a measure to debate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. By a vote of 63-37, the resolution was co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Senator Mike Lee (UT) and found new traction across partisan lines after President Trump failed to condemn Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mattis had been among the most outspoken critics of the resolution and suggested that abandoning involvement of American military in the region could destabilize the situation further. But Senators, fed up with a President that is unwilling to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his blatant role in the death of Khashoggi, rallied together to pass the resolution.
For months, American citizens have watched as their government has assisted in bombing campaigns that have murdered innocent civilians in the Middle Eastern country. Though the war is being led by Saudi Arabia, the weapons, jets and financial backing have quietly been shuffled into Saudi coffers by the United States government. In October, USA Today reported that American officials were ‘disturbed’ to learn of a funeral home that was bombed killing more than 100 innocent Yemeni people. Still, the support continued with no end in sight.
Furthermore, Americans were outraged to learn about the bombing of a school bus carrying over 40 children was bombed with American made weaponry.
Do not forget: it was a U.S. bomb that killed 40 children on a school bus in Yemen in August—some of the many thousands of civilians who have died in this horrific, Saudi-led war.
The Senate must vote today to end our support for these atrocities.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 28, 2018
The ongoing involvement in Yemen is only part of the larger scale interventionism that has characterized United States foreign policy since 9/11. It has recently been suggested that the wars have cost the American taxpayer a staggering six trillion dollars in taxes and produced over half a million dead men, women, and children in its crusade to rid the world of terrorism and bring coercive democracy to shores near and wide.
At 71 Republic, we strongly believe in exposing members of the American political apparatus who support the failed oil wars. We recognize that it is our continued intervention across the globe that harbors resentment and aids in the creation of new terror threats at home and abroad.
We would like to provide our readers with a list of the 37 members of the Senate who wished to continue this abomination in Yemen. You can find hyperlinks to each of their respective websites with contact information included. The names are as follows:
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