Senate Poised to Challenge Trump on US Role in Yemen War

The Senate is expected to vote as early as today on a bipartisan resolution to end United States participation in the Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and millions more face starvation and the outbreak of disease in what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The US and other western countries supply a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with military equipment, fuel and intelligence that are being used to wage the war in Yemen. President Trump has dubiously boasted about negotiating arms deals with Saudi Arabia even as Saudi military leaders came under mounting international scrutiny for killing civilians and other possible war crimes.

If passed by the Senate, the resolution to end US involvement in the war would be a major victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and peace activists on Capitol Hill, who have long pushed to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and reassert Congress’s power over military entanglements overseas.

“Congress needs to reassert its war-making authorities, it has not done so in the past 17 years, and we have seen a slow and steady expansion of wars around the world,” said Kate Kizer, director of Win Without War, an antiwar group putting public pressure on lawmakers to support the resolution, in a press conference.

The resolution also gives members of Congress a chance to issue a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration’s broader stance toward Saudi Arabia. Trump has come under fire from lawmakers in both parties over his milquetoast response to the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi Embassy in Istanbul on October 2.

Multiple reports and a CIA review have left little doubt that the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing, but Trump…

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