Monday, June 04, 2018

Arabs ask the US for help seizing port in Yemen. Great opportunity for the Marine Corps but we don't need this fight!

via The Hill.
The U.S. is considering giving direct military support to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an effort to capture a key port in Yemen from Houthi rebels, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The UAE has reportedly asked the U.S. for assistance in helping the Saudi-led coalition retake Hodeidah, which provides support to the whole of Yemen.

U.S. officials told the Journal that the Saudis and the UAE will not act until they receive U.S. support, but Washington worries about the toll such a move could take on the war-torn country.
“We continue to have a lot of concerns about a Hodeidah operation,” a high-ranking official told the Journal. “We are not 100% comfortable that, even if the coalition did launch an attack, that they would be able to do it cleanly and avoid a catastrophic incident.”

Administration officials familiar with the situation in Yemen are planning to meet on Monday to discuss next steps, according to the newspaper.

The coalition also decided that UAE forces would not interfere in the port in the near future so the United Nations envoy can begin peace efforts in the country's civil war, the Journal reported.

The U.S. already supports the Saudi campaign with billions of dollars in arms, intelligence and logistics such as air refueling.

U.S. lawmakers have not warmed to the idea of additional involvement in Yemen.

The House last year passed a nonbinding resolution that called U.S. military involvement in the war unauthorized, while the Senate recently blocked a resolution that would have put an end to U.S. military support for the campaign. 

I absolutely hate this idea and pray that the military doesn't get the go ahead.  The Saudi's have made a dogs breakfast of the fight and we don't need to save their sorry asses.


This is an opportunity for the Marine Corps to test some concepts and to relearn port seizure which should be a core competency but isn't.

But at the end of the day its still "nope".

This is one war we need to stay out of...or at least NOT get involved in any further.

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