Gareth Porter tells Scott why he’s optimistic that the war in Yemen will soon be coming to an end. For one thing, says Porter, the War Powers resolutions in both congress and the senate have created political pressure to end America’s backing of the Saudis, even if they don’t legally stop President Trump. The killing of Jamal Khashoggi also seemed to provide impetus that wasn’t there before, because it brought the war sharply into focus for Americans. Porter explains that the military and logistical support for the Saudis wouldn’t even need to end—simply stopping the sale of parts for their American planes would completely ground their air force, and that alone would effectively end the war.
Discussed on the show:
- “Is the End of the Brutal War in Yemen Finally at Hand?” (Antiwar.com Original)
- “S.J.Res.54” (Library of Congress)
- “H.Con.Res.138” (Library of Congress)
- Jamal Khashoggi
- “In Strategic Shift, U.S. Draws Closer to Yemeni Rebels” (WSJ)
- Northwest Airlines Flight 253
- “Inside Yemen’s secret prisons: ‘We could hear the screams’” (AP News)
- “12/17/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the Ceasefire in Hodeidah” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out” (The Daily Beast)
Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state, and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.
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