Derek Davison joins Scott to discuss his article “60 Minutes Imagines a Different War in Yemen.” Davison recalls how 60 Minutes described the reality of Yemeni suffering—but with one major exception: it never mentioned the United States’ crucial role in enabling the war and blockade. Davison explains why the United States is involved in Yemen at all and that, while it began under Obama, it’s only gotten worse under Donald Trump. Further, while it seems the tides of public opinion may be turning against Saudi Arabia, Davison is skeptical that it will have any effect on Washington policy. Scott and Davison then pivot to prince Mohammad bin Salman’s power play in Saudi Arabia.
Discussed on the show:
- @emptywheel: “I ask again: Why are we calling Yemen a famine rather than genocide?“
- Plausible Deniability
- “Quiet Support for Saudis Entangles U.S. in Yemen” (New York Times)
- Flynt Leverett
- Mohammad bin Salman
- Ro Khanna
- “Yemen’s cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms” (The Guardian)
- “Power Play,” by Derek Davison (Jacobin Magazine)
- “Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary ‘Reformer’,” by Adam Johnson (FAIR)
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