Saudi Arabia stops its military action in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has ended its air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen.

Looks like air alone wasn’t getting the job done and only making things worse.

Great article about it here if you get a moment: Why Saudi Arabia rolled back its Yemen military action. (H/T Blake K. Baxter)

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13 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia stops its military action in Yemen

  1. Gotta love the ironical name “Decisive Storm.”

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    • Great point! And in all seriousness, I sometimes wonder just how much fight the Kingdom has in it. We’ve pumped so much technology, arms, and training into them, but I’m not sure what kind of quality and heart they can actually put up.

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      • I don’t think we can expect much from them or the Egyptians. What a disaster the entire region is. Lots of blame to go around — from the French and Brits after WWI to basically every American pres who supported dictators and just postponed the inevitable deluge. I’m very disappointed in Obama with this cave to Iran. I believed him when he said he wouldn’t let Iran get a bomb. If I’d seen this deal coming, I would have voted for Mitt. And I hate seeing our ships off the coast of Yemen without a clear mission. I’m surprised there haven’t been more resignations among his foreign policy and military people.

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  2. Couple of points. “The U.S. was concerned about all the civilian casualties.” Really? And their concern for the mass executions by ISIS is manifested how? ” And that that was going to require a ground campaign, which they don’t have the assets to do despite what they spend on military hardware”. Assets? Do they mean troops? And where were most of the 9-11 hijackers from? Strange times that we live in. SF.

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    • Hah! Reminds me of a conversation I recently had with a Ranger buddy. We were talking about my Iraq column and I said something about, “Yeah, but now we’re bombing in support of Iranian militias… And that threatens the strategic balance and our long-standing ally of Saudi Arabia…”

      And my buddy laughed and said, “Look, Stan, they’re both terrorist supporting countries. It just depends on which one we want to support this week.”

      I slapped my head because it had never occurred to me, but he’s absolutely right. And this is why I’m practically a libertarian when it comes to foreign policy. lol

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  3. I recall reading that FDR once was hearing a complaint about a tinpot Central American dictator, and he responded by saying, “Yes, he’s a son of a bitch, all right, but he’s our son of a bitch.”
    Foreign policy is rarely tidy. We allied with the Russians in WW2 not because we were enthralled with their political system and considered Stalin to be kind old Uncle Joe, but because we needed him to help us beat the Germans. (He also agreed to help us beat the Japanese, but we had to go that one pretty much alone.) Imagine if we had refused Stalin’s requests for military aid and had not opened a second front in North Africa and later in Western Europe in order to relieve pressure on Russia. Germany might well have defeated the Soviets and we would’ve had a hard time indeed after that.
    The fact of the matter is, there are no easy choices for the US with regard to the Middle East, with the exception of supporting Israel. The only saving grace is that Arab armies continually show they can’t fight their way out of a paper bag. You’d think Saudi Arabia, especially with Egyptian help, would be able to clean the bad guys out of Yemen in a few weeks. You’d also think that Turkey, with NATO’s 2nd largest army (after ours), would be able to intervene decisively in Syria and northern Iraq, which are, after all, on their border. But no, and no.
    Probably our safest course is to let these clowns slug it out and wait to see how the dust settles, and then deal with whatever new reality arises. The problem is, if Israel feels Iran is on the brink of testing a bomb, they may not wait for us to act.

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    • “The fact of the matter is, there are no easy choices for the US with regard to the Middle East”

      So, true…

      “You’d think Saudi Arabia, especially with Egyptian help, would be able to clean the bad guys out of Yemen in a few weeks. You’d also think that Turkey, with NATO’s 2nd largest army (after ours), would be able to intervene decisively in Syria and northern Iraq, which are, after all, on their border. But no, and no.”

      This surprises me, too. I don’t know if a lack of nationalism troubles these countries or what, but continually, it seems, organized militaries with far superior weapons lose to radical religious believers.

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