Might Trump End the War on Yemen Too? Saudis Strike Deal With Houthis
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Might Trump End the War on Yemen Too? Saudis Strike Deal With Houthis

Negotiations and short-term deals are slightly cooling the Middle East hotspots of northeastern Syria and southern Yemen, ever since President Donald Trump broke off the US alliance with Syrian Kurds and refused to intervene over a suspected Iranian attack on Saudi oil facilities.

President Donald J. Trump . (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Trump isn’t bringing the troops home, but US involvement in endless wars certainly seems to be decreasing as the 2020 election starts to build up a head of steam. Libertarians need not drop their skepticism to appreciate this as a potential fortunate turnaround in foreign policy.

There are solidly good stories coming out of northeastern Syria and southern Yemen. Beginning in the port city of Aden, the de-facto capital of southern Yemen, a power-sharing deal is taking shape as Saudi Arabia has taken over until a neutral defense force made up of warring sides is established, according to Antiwar.com

This temporary arrangement comes one month after an attack on Saudi oil facilities, which were blamed on Iran despite the Houthi rebels of Yemen claiming responsibility. The attack occurred days after the firing of Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton. Trump resisted the neocon pressure to retaliate militarily over this attack on Saudi property.

The Saudis are also considering wider proposals from the Houthi rebels who seek “comprehensive national reconciliation.”

Trump certainly can’t be accused of being too tough on Saudi Arabia, the country he hinted as being behind 9/11 while campaigning for the presidency. And yes, he’s sold them weapons, though not nearly the $112 billion worth under Obama. But it doesn’t appear the Saudis are willing to prolong this four-and-a-half year-long war and starvation blockade on Yemen for much longer.

Moving over to Syria, the withdrawal of US troops from parts of the northeast has been exaggerated by Trump. The troops are still in Syria, just out of Turkey’s way. Nevertheless, the effect of the breakoff from the Kurdish fighters is that the Kurds are free to deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which should have happened long ago.

In response to Turkey’s offensives in northeastern Syria, Trump announced sanctions on Turkish steel and an end to negotiations on a $100 billion trade agreement. He has also threatened further sanctions, while on the diplomatic front, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this weekend to discuss ceasefire conditions.

None of this is how Ron Paul would have done things, truly bringing the troops home in swift order. And Trump has always maintained that the US must have some presence in the Middle East to ensure against a reprisal of ISIS. But this is as good a position as any for the next non-interventionist presidential candidate to launch their campaign to finish the job.

Perhaps if the Libertarian Party can avoid running weak candidates like last time, there will be a great opportunity for a peace candidate in 2020. Or maybe the Democrats will get wise and undercut Trump’s non-interventionist support, but I doubt it.

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1 thought on “Might Trump End the War on Yemen Too? Saudis Strike Deal With Houthis

  1. Hey nick, nice stab at the Libertarian presidential candidate, but ZERO suggestion as to whom would have been a better choice. there is a definition for people that do that: troll.
    I was a delegate to the 2016 national convention. Sorry Nick, but Gary Johnson was our best choice. Was I a staunch supporter? No, but he was our best choice. For the record, I did not support Bill Weld as our party’s vice presidential candidate, I got outvoted. Bill got the nomination because of Johnson’s passionate plea, and many Johnson supporters held their collective noses and voted to nominate Weld.
    So where is your suggestion of a better candidate nick? Ron Paul? Ron would not accept the nomination, so save your breath. He would likely have won the nomination on the first ballot, but he was not an option. Harry Browne? Harry is deceased, but while he was alive, he got our party’s nomination on the first ballot in 2000 and I challenge you to find a stronger candidate. The Libertarian party is capable of nominating strong candidates, but first they have to step up.

    There are rumors of Rand Paul coming over. I HIGHLY doubt it, and even if he did, he has burned so many libertarian bridges, that it would be tough to see him take the nomination – but it of course depends on how the field shapes up, anything can happen in a Convention.

    There are some strong died-in-the-wool libertarians who have thrown their hats in the ring, but none, in my opinion that would have the mass appeal that Johnson did when he broke all previous vote total records in 2016, and what is the point of running a candidate that is going to poll so poorly that no one will even know that he/she is even a candidate? Say what you will of Johnson, but the number of registered Libertarians in most states are at record highs since 2016, so to call Johnson a weak candidate is ludicrous.

    So nick, the next time that you want to take a dig at our candidates, please be less of a troll and actually have a proposed solution.

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