Carnage from War in Yemen Continues
Thousands of mourners, this week, in the Yemen city of Sa’dah buried the dead from a Saudi-led airstrike that targeted a school bus, killing 43 children. The recent U.S. National Defense Authorization Act bill authorizes $717 billion in military spending. Democratic lawmakers have raised concerns about the U.S. military’s support of Saudi Arabia, and neighboring Gulf States’ intervention in Yemen. “Both the Obama and Trump administrations have provided the Saudi-led coalition with extensive military support, selling hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of weapons, deploying U.S. Special Forces to the Saudi-Yemen border and providing midair refueling of Saudi and Emirati jets during bombing campaigns,” wrote Shireen Al-Adeimi in her article for In These Times titled “Fine Print in Defense Bill Acknowledges U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Will Go On Indefinitely.” Al-Adeimi is a Yemeni scholar, activist and an assistant professor at Michigan State University. She joins us to discuss U.S. policy in Yemen, along with Stephen Rapp, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. Rapp is currently a Visiting Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.