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March 25, 2015

Yemen Joins The Axis Of Resistance

The tribal groups in north Yemen that make up the Houthi movement  have always been distinct in their fighting spirits. When the Saudi army was send to beat them it was thoroughly defeated. They have also always felt that they did not receive a fair share of Yemen's not so big oil revenues and other spoils. During the last decades they fought some six small wars against the Yemeni army.

In 2012 the U.S. and its Wahhabi Arabic Gulf allies expelled the longtime Yemeni president Saleh and replaced him with his vice president Hadi. There was some hope that Hadi would change the quarrel on the ground and teh dysfunctional state but the unrest in the country kept growing and as the oil prices went down so went the Yemeni government.

Hadi could only beg the Saudis to finance him and in return had to fulfill their political demands. Meanwhile al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula kept growing in Yemen, U.S. drone strikes killed more and more tribe members in the south and deserved revenge and a southern independence movement added to the tumult. All this led to the rise of the Houthis (video, 45min).

The Houthis, allied with the former president Saleh and some parts of the dysfunctional Yemeni army, decided to take on the state. In 2014 they captured parts of the capitol Sanaa and expanded the territory they controlled. In January Hadi fled to Aden in the south. Many people belonging to the Houthi groups are Zaidi Shia. Their believe differs from Iranian 12er Shia believe and their religious rituals have more in common with Sunni rituals than with mainstream Shia. Yemen is in general not as sectarian as other gulf countries. Various variants of believe mix and often use the same mosques.

But Houthi, like many other Yemenis, despise the Saudis and their Wahhabism. It is mostly therefore that they are accused of being allied with Iran. While there are certainly some sympathies between Iran and the Houthi groups there is no evidence of outright support.

Today the Houthi expanded their rule to southern Yemen including to the southern main city Aden. President Hadi, deposed by the now ruling Houthi leaders, fled the city and allegedly went into exile in Oman. The Houthi are now the main force in the country and in control of the government.

The Gulf countries and the U.S., who supported Hadi, shut down their embassies and U.S. troops left the country. Hadi has called on the United Nations, Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council to send troops into Yemen. Egypt had troops fighting in Yemen during the North Yemen civil war between 1962 and 1970. It was a disaster and some 26,000 Egyptian soldiers were killed. In 2009 the Saudi army fought against north Yemeni tribes in a small conflict over the Saudi Yemeni border barrier, the smuggling of drugs, weapons and immigrants, as well as grazing rights. Within three month the Saudis lost at least 133 men and the overall conflict. In March the Saudis requested troops from Pakistan to fight its war against the allegedly Iran allied Yemeni Houthi groups. To their surprise Pakistan rejected the request.

While the Saudi army is now sending some troops to its southern border with Yemen neither the Saudi army nor the Egyptian will want to fight and lose again against the Yemeni tribes. The Pakistanis are unwilling to send troops. The request for troops the disposed president Hadi made will therefore be ignored. No foreign troops will invade Yemen and the Houthis will for now remain the ruling force. As they lack, like the whole country, money and other resources they will soon look for a "sponsor". Iran might give a bit but the Saudis will have to really pay up to keep their border with Yemen quiet. Unlike before that money will no longer buy them any influence but only keep trouble away.

Yemen has now joined the Iran led axis of resistance consisting of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizbullah in Lebanon. The Saudi Wahhabis see these mostly Shia forces as their eternal enemies. Like the other axis members Yemen will now fight against the Saudi sponsored AlQaeda and Islamic State jihadis.

The U.S., while allied with Saudi Arabia and the other anti-Shia Arab countries at the Gulf, needs Hizbullah to keep Lebanon from falling apart. It does not want the Syrian government to fall. It supports the Iraqi government against the Islamic State and it is likely to soon request support from the Houthis for its drone campaign against AlQaeda in the Arab peninsula.

This is a remarkable turn around from a decade ago when the resistance side was a major U.S. enemy and seemed to be losing the fight.

Posted by b on March 25, 2015 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

Comments

i don't get what kind of religion these folks are practicing where they can't tolerate others, or are only able to see enemies everywhere.. sounds a bit like all the other religions i guess..

i also don't understand the usa and saudi arabia association.. i doubt it has anything to do with the people, but only to do with oil=money.. the people of the usa has more in common with iran then saudi arabia on the ground from what i know unless one wants to equate wahhabism with fundamental christianity.. i guess having the shah of iran overthrown 60 years ago is still too much for the senile folks old enough to remember who still have a hand in running the usa..

Posted by: james | Mar 25, 2015 1:09:26 PM | 1

Good news like these gives me hope that maybe... Just maybe one day my people will start living a normal life again. 30 years of war has turned out people into wild beasts.

Posted by: Yobo | Mar 25, 2015 2:16:50 PM | 2

Great post, b.

It is interesting how our seeming realities are morphing before our very eyes. It is getting ever more apparent that the trends that are coming to the fore with this morphing process in mass consciousness resemble some of the spiritual ideology of the "New Age" discussions back 'in the day'.

In short, we have entered the Age of Aquarius, but we have the residual corrupt (and boy, are they ever corrupt now!) systems to deactivate and transform.

Never a better time for a Spiritual Explosion in Russia, a reemergence of a steadfast Christian Heart. Offering a much different way of life to the poor third world than becoming a Debt Slave for the Hegemonic Powers.

Talk about internet serendipity! I just found this great post about the formerly coming, now here Aquarian Age:

http://www.lhillman.com/TheAquarianAge.shtml

Yes, political ones, these is a land beyond our present conceptions!

Posted by: kafkananda | Mar 25, 2015 2:26:07 PM | 3

""The U.S., while allied with Saudi Arabia and the other anti-Shia Arab countries at the Gulf, needs Hizbullah to keep Lebanon from falling apart. It does not want the Syrian government to fall. It supports the Iraqi government against the Islamic State and it is likely to soon request support from the Houthis for its drone campaign"

You mean the current powers that be. But every 2016 presidential candidate from Scott Walker to Hillary Clinton seems likely to outsource their foreign policy to the Neocons. Victoria "F*ck the EU" Nuland may be our next Secretary of State.

Posted by: diogenes | Mar 25, 2015 2:37:43 PM | 4

"President Hadi, deposed by the now ruling Houthi leaders"

President Hadi was not deposed- He stepped down as did his entire government- that fact needs correction, b.

using my own blog, sorry, if it offends anyone, but..

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2015/01/yemens-president-resigns-after-cabinet.html


"Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)Yemen's President resigned Thursday night shortly after his Prime Minister and the Cabinet stepped down -- seismic changes in the country's political scene that come just one day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil

The Cabinet and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah resigned before Hadi did on Thursday night, with Bahah telling Hadi in a letter that they essentially wanted to wash their hands of "destructive political chaos," an apparent reference to the deal that was to give Houthis more power"

Hadi was negotiating with the Houthis
His government forced his hand by stepping down- he followed suit

The Houthis put some of the quitters into their new government
from another post- no link

"The Houthis surprisingly appointed a long-time opponent, General Mahmud Al-Subaihi, as acting defense minister and Jalal al-Rowaishan as acting interior minister, posts they abandoned last month"

Just to correct the facts and clarify them- The Houthis stepped into a vacuum left for them, intentionally, by the government of quitters

Posted by: Penny | Mar 25, 2015 2:39:04 PM | 5

I was interested to learn that the Yemeni monarchy was historically Shiah.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 2:55:04 PM | 6

The U.S. ... does not want the Syrian government to fall.

Could've fooled me. So I guess the past few years have been one of those pentagon pork barrel projects, right?

Posted by: Some Guy | Mar 25, 2015 3:10:59 PM | 7

Good to have you back B. This site is an institution and it's content would be sorely missed. I don't think the Yemen is part of the Axis of resistance, isn't it to peripheral? It's it's own little world of problems.

Posted by: Fernando | Mar 25, 2015 3:13:53 PM | 8

Don't forget about the other members of the Axis of Resistance who just met in Russia:

Cris Roman also did not fail to mention gay marriage, speculating that “soon in the West it will be possible to marry a dog or a penguin. The forum host inquired whether it is true that in European schools, children are told that it’s normal to be gay. “Children under five are taught how to play with themselves, and children over five are told that being gay is normal,” clarified Roman.

https://meduza.io/en/feature/2015/03/24/europe-s-far-right-flocks-to-russia

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Mar 25, 2015 3:14:19 PM | 9

Obama too busy to meet with NATO Secretary General.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 3:21:27 PM | 10

@9 The NATO secretary general is just a fraudulent position to make Europeans feel good about Pentagon dominance. Why does Obama or any elected leader need to meet with ceremonial staff on a non-feast day?

Posted by: NotTimothyGeithner | Mar 25, 2015 3:34:30 PM | 11

Who was the last person Obama conspicuously refused to meet? Was that just because he didn’t care?

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 3:42:16 PM | 12

The more I read about Yemen the more I begin to think the Houthis may have been suckered into taking power at this time in Yemen. The country is a basket case with 65% unemployment, oil production, their main government revenue, rapidly heading to zero and water resources also in rapid decline. They import 75% of their staple grain and 40% of their farm land is dedicated to khat production which most of the population is addicted to.

If Iran thinks Yemen is a positive addition to their Axes I'm beginning to wonder about their sanity.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Mar 25, 2015 3:54:57 PM | 13

Excellent post, b. Though I think you are being too optimistic in your assessment of U.S. willingness to coexist with Yemen as a new key player in the "Axis of Resistance."

The U.S. playbook is filled with failed states. That is its preferred outcome, and the preferred outcome of the nations, KSA and Israel, that largely dictate U.S. foreign policy. Given this, I would imagine, as you say, that AQAP and IS attacks will accelerate and it will be long time before any European and American diplomatic staff return to Yemen.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | Mar 25, 2015 3:55:34 PM | 14

Yemen under Shiite rule makes Saudi Arabia even less stable than it has been. And Saudi Arabia's oil province on the Gulf is predominantly Shiite.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 4:02:59 PM | 15

Hadi left Aden, fearing for his life. Yet, there are no information about the Saudi, Qatari and UAE embassy that thought they were smart and moved to Aden? Did they also leave Aden in a state of panic?

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 25, 2015 4:21:03 PM | 16

Can we expect some "accidental" air-drops to our neighborhood ISIS affiliate (if not there already)for another civil war. Though re: Houthis, any group that despises Wahhabism can't be all bad.

Posted by: farflungstar | Mar 25, 2015 4:24:24 PM | 17

@11 I think Obama is petty and can't abide anyone who he senses has betrayed him. I suspect he was sold on the Ukraine with promises of little effort and great rewards. I remember the Netanyahu story (who would want to meet that troll), but there have always been stories of Obama meeting groups with profound disinterest especially when they were lobbying for him to make policy changes.

I remember a Democratic Congressman who retired in 2011 (he didn't run in 2010) told a story about a team Blue 2010 strategy meeting with Obama. When concerns were raised that Team Blue was reenacting 94, Obama explained the difference between '94 and 2010 was Obama.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0110/Berry_Obama_said_big_difference_between_10_and_94_is_me.html

Posted by: NotTimothyGeithner | Mar 25, 2015 4:33:34 PM | 18

@17. There you go. Now you've got it.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 4:37:27 PM | 19

Update: The Egytian and Saudi diplomatic missions have evacuated Aden.

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 25, 2015 4:41:05 PM | 20

President Hadi fled Aden in a boat, after the Houthis took Aden airport.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 25, 2015 4:54:09 PM | 21

b says:

...and it is likely to soon request support from the Houthis for its drone campaign against AlQaeda in the Arab peninsula

in which case the Houthis will in all likelihood decline. obviously crucial to the resistance is that the yanks be kept out of it in everyway possible...

...and mercunt drones will anyway be flying out of Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: john | Mar 25, 2015 5:40:13 PM | 22

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Mar 25, 2015 3:14:19 PM | 8

Yes, a real bona fide AXIS of wannabe neo-fascists met in SPB March 22nd, all courtesy of Putin's Russia.

The real danger of fascism is in a resentful, revanchist capitalist Russia, not Ukraine. Fascists with intercontinental nukes. Even if the "nazi freaks" came to power in Kiev, what could they do but further ruin an already half-ruined country?

Posted by: Matt | Mar 25, 2015 5:55:17 PM | 23

the main problem with the "alternative" media is that former govmnt people and "embedded" type reporters are really clouding the issues, IMO. ray mcGovern, cia robert fisk, snowden, etc. the "sanctimonius" chris hedges once stated due to his "travels and experience abroad with the haditha masscare in syria in the 80s, he had no doubt Assad caused the chemical attacks". what bs. And liars like Amy Goodman got her millions secured from the Pacifica foundation while all the union workers and reporters got fired from wbai, kpfk, kpfa, etc. although no one listens to establishment gatekeepers like goodman, abby martin and rt, their ratings suck, they still provide lies and cover for the rest of the radio broadcasters.

Thru the CIA front "professional left" centralized control of blog headlines and topics w/ a herd mentality combining truth and disinfo hype grandstanding on israel, russia, and protecting the democrat party from scandal for creating al queda in syria/ISIS. long after obama is gone, progressive media will be in tatters, never to recover their reputation destroyed like michael moore, who have become obama apologists. they never brought up how arming of al queda and libya, syria are the massive high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment by democrats, the betrayal of american troops who sacrifice to battle terrorism, and aid and abet like nbc,cnn,fox in covering up the true sponsor of terrorism (america) in the region of syria,iraq, as the former air america hosts cover up up for the president on their faux left shows.

A broadcast on the ADD plagued, fear mongering but generally accurate jack blood show featrured NSA agent scott rickard, 2/24/15. He was analyzing ISIS saying it was the french foreign legion mercenaries, but admitted later that they were aided by the us when pressed by jack. like ray does, scott tries to pull a fast one like people who say isis is mossad (snowden). isis is american mercenaries, period. the goal is control of iraq and overthrow assad. the fact that israel aids america in the field is incidental, as they have oil interests, but they are always aiding but the the new world order strategy is purely american. progressives you have been had. the media is bought and paid for, including the soros funded on the left and even robert parry who like to blame republicans and goes decades back in history to avoid blaming democrats, although his research is flawless, his agenda is clear, like others to exculpate the democrat white house and congress. among those mentioned who has chronicled on broadcast media (besides PCR) the overt warmongering and diplomatic statements of john kerry over time?

In dec 2014 Kerry stated that "it was time for a political solution to the conflict in syria". did it get swept under the rug? only fearmongering sells on radio-tv? the blame game to israel and bush? few progressive types in broadcasting have any credibility left - cindy sheehan, lendman, corbett and there is way too much gatekeeping. project censored is a farce, mike malloy asked on his show last week "are we at war w/pakistan?" to which his wife kathy replied, "i dont know". we all know the answer is yes. progressive media is a coopted tragedy in this country. PRN.fm gary null had the CFRs scott horton on last week, and that channel is now a haven for cia front think tanks.

Posted by: FredGarvin | Mar 25, 2015 7:21:40 PM | 24

Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”

Posted by: james | Mar 25, 2015 7:57:55 PM | 25

I followed your link to the BBC - and there to youtube when the BBC checekd my gear and found it wanting - b, but could only watch about 30 seconds worth ... all about 'sectarian hatred'.

I mistakenly made a post on the open thread that was meant to go here ... if anyone cares.

I'll have to check out the KSA+9 invasion of Yemen ... but I note that the statement was made in - in Washington? - by the KSA's man to the USA.

It would be great if somehow the end result of all this were the end of the KSA ... but, like you b, I am at heart an optimist.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 25, 2015 8:17:52 PM | 26

@24 my apologies - forgot to mention that was a quick pull of rt at the moment.. seemed relevant fwiw...

Posted by: james | Mar 25, 2015 8:34:42 PM | 27

It seems that your predictions were false:

Saudi Arabia starts bombing Yemen - envoy - RT, March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”

According to Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT). The US is not participating in the operation, the envoy stressed.

Al Arabiya reported that warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia, targeting their air defenses.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait issued a joint statement saying that they “decided to repel Houthi militias, Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State) in the country.” The Gulf states said they were responding to a “major threat” to the stability of the region, saying that their cause is to “repel Houthi aggression” in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia Launches Military Operations Against Houthi Targets in Yemen - Sputnik, 26.03.2015

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters, the Saudi envoy to Washington said on Wednesday.
Adel A. al-Jubeir said the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST. It began with airstrikes, but will also involve “other military assets.”

“Having Yemen fail is not an option for us,” al-Jubeir said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait issued a joint statement saying that they “decided to repel Houthi militias, Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State) in the country.”

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 25, 2015 8:42:17 PM | 28

Saudi Arabia Launches Military Operations In Yemen

ADEN/WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge.

At a news conference in Washington, Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf Arab allies and others had joined with the desert kingdom in the military campaign in a bid "to protect and defend the legitimate government" of Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. He declined to give any information on Hadi's whereabouts.

With the Saudi-led military assault, the Middle East's top oil power has been drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

Posted by: okie farmer | Mar 25, 2015 9:09:00 PM | 29

forgot the link
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN0ML0YC20150326

Posted by: okie farmer | Mar 25, 2015 9:15:33 PM | 30

article in al-monitor today on this..

Posted by: james | Mar 25, 2015 9:17:24 PM | 31

WayOutWest @ 12:
While what you say might be true, what is important here to Iran is Yemen's geostrategic importance. Because Iran has the ability to choke off all Saudi oil exports (and hence choke the world economy by cutting off its lifeblood), Saudi Arabia has for a long time been planning a pipeline from their only deep-sea port in the Persian Gulf, Ra's Tanura, to the Red Sea, so that exports can continue in the event the Straight of Hormoz is closed off. With Yemen under Houthi control, the Red Sea egress (and indeed, the entirety of Suez Canal traffic) is potentially also threatened.

Posted by: Arash Darya-Bandari | Mar 25, 2015 9:30:48 PM | 32

Nice video on Houthis
https://youtu.be/VnmLQse4-PQ

Posted by: okie farmer | Mar 25, 2015 9:31:02 PM | 33

What's your damn point Proyect? Who cares what these people say? No one from the government met with them. When they trap unarmed govt workers in their offices and then precede to incinerate them, when they drag their cannons to unprotected towns and start bombarding civilians, you be sure and get back to us, k?

Posted by: ruralito | Mar 25, 2015 9:32:22 PM | 34

Another case of the Triple Enfante lining up against the Central Plowers, I guess. It's been really nice getting to know you all.

Posted by: Copeland | Mar 25, 2015 9:35:07 PM | 35

@23

You can't possibly be familiar with the work of any you cite as CIA plants and shills for the Democrats. Your reference to the "Democrat" Party is kind of a tell. Very Rush.

@32

A few nutbags meeting at a Holiday Inn doesn't come close to engineering a violent coup(s). I wonder how many nutty groups hold meetings at Holiday Inns all across the U.S. on a weekly basis. The Western press gave the impression that Putin invited the group to his dacha for a barbecue. W actually did host friendly head choppers to his ranch. He even held hands with them.

Posted by: chuckvw | Mar 25, 2015 9:55:59 PM | 36

Arash@30

Do you really think Iran would be so bold or insane to threaten this type of blackmail? Iran seems to be trying to expand their influence and get out from under sanctions not invite more conflict.

I also don't think Iran is in a financial position to rescue Yemen without international support.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Mar 25, 2015 9:56:48 PM | 37

I agree with our host that the Houthis, now rising to power in government, are not likely to be removed so easily. But it looks like the sky is suddenly burning against them; as it is reported that they are being attacked by a small coalition of local countries. This has to be happening with the tacit approval of Washington, and the Saudi air force is surely getting surveillance intelligence from US satellite, drone, and allied sources.

Posted by: Copeland | Mar 25, 2015 10:09:35 PM | 38

@30 Saudi Arabia has had a pipeline to Yanbu for a long time.

Posted by: dh | Mar 25, 2015 10:14:17 PM | 39

So it's KSA, Egypt regimea and Qatar attacking the Houthis?

Posted by: aaaaaa | Mar 25, 2015 10:24:06 PM | 40

But of course...

The United States was not involved in the offensive, he said. But the White House announced late Wednesday that President Obama had authorized U.S. forces to provide logistical and intelligence support to the operation. American forces were establishing a “Joint Planning Cell” with Saudi Arabia to coordinate military and intelligence assistance, the statement said.

Posted by: chuckvw | Mar 25, 2015 10:42:03 PM | 41

oops, the *bumbling* murcunt airforce strikes again, weapons in the *wrong* hand...

http://www.globalresearch.ca/yemen-american-weapons-once-more-landed-up-in-the-wrong-hands-mistakenly-in-the-hands-of-al-qaeda/5437988

Posted by: denk | Mar 25, 2015 11:16:19 PM | 42

Two things: 1. Yemen is a chokepoint/launching pad for lotta things. Can't stop thining of how the Je Suis Charlie 'terrorists' were at great pains to tell everyone that AQ in Yemen "did this." 2. Couple years ago (2011, I think) when a color coup wasn't working, They bombed Houthi top dog Saleh. At a mosque while he and his were doing prayers. Collapsed lung and burns on 40% of his body. I'd be pissed, too.

Posted by: Benu | Mar 25, 2015 11:26:33 PM | 43

Somebody on Zerohedge put a joke comment about IDF repainting their jets with Saudi emblems.. Just throwing that here as something to consider

Posted by: aaaaaa | Mar 26, 2015 12:14:11 AM | 44

a reply to number 32:

ISIS IN LIBYA, SYRIA, YEMEN, every state where the u.s. wants regime change, what coincidence. NOT!

patrick cockburn and others must have missed journalism 101 where they teach you to avoid: hype, sensationalism, the herd mentality instinct, (a permanent fixture of think tank speak, groupthink, and newspeak), buzzwords, jingoism, etc. but then the democrats never missed an opportunity to play the race and religion card when it comes to their own WH foreign policy corruption and incompetence. maybe in the future when george soros is dead and gone, and ford foundation donations dry up blogs wont bury it when the democrat president starts a new war, as was the case in w/ cia in syria, and took pacifica radio and soros affiliates four years to catch on. this is because of centralized control, cia foundation front funding, and censorship. they didn't do that w/ gop wars and the nicraguan contras :(

Posted by: FredGarvin | Mar 26, 2015 12:28:51 AM | 45

a reply to number 34: see above

democrat media hosts lie to protect the white house

[B]ISIS (aka Al Queda)IN LIBYA, SYRIA, YEMEN,

that is every state where the u.s. wants regime change, what coincidence. NOT![/B]

Posted by: FredGarvin | Mar 26, 2015 12:41:08 AM | 46

Arash@30
Do you really think Iran would be so bold or insane to threaten this type of blackmail? Iran seems to be trying to expand their influence and get out from under sanctions not invite more conflict.
I also don't think Iran is in a financial position to rescue Yemen without international support.
Posted by: Wayoutwest | Mar 25, 2015 9:56:48 PM | 35

You seem to have forgotten that Iran's problems are the result of blackmail arising from false US accusations. Now that Russia supports Iran, all Iran needs to do, if the current 'N-talks' result in more sanctions, is to announce that it will close Hormuz unless the Yankees lift ALL sanctions and promise to stop (illegally) interfering in Iran's internal affairs.
That way everyone will know who to "thank" when we're paying $3-00 for a litre of petrol - if and when it's available.
Threats of post-Hormuz blowback on Iran can be managed by threatening to destroy key components of Saudi oil infrastructure.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 26, 2015 2:05:14 AM | 47

H@45

Whether we like it or not the US can get away with behavior but Iran is in no position to make such threats and they are not stupid, they want to deal with the west especially Europe. Politics and regional influence is important to them but their real quest is mercantile or they would not be submitting to the humiliation of this phony nuke deal.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Mar 26, 2015 2:18:13 AM | 48

@26
US backs Saudi airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen


The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adair Al Jubeir, announced Wednesday night from Washington, D.C. that his country, in coordination with the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, had begun airstrikes on Houthi rebel positions inside Yemen. He said that Saudi Arabia and others in the coalition were prepared “to protect and defend the legitimate government” of President Adb Rabbu Mansur Hadi.

Jubeir declared that Saudi Arabia would do “whatever it takes” to keep Hadi in power.

The Saudi strikes are backed by the Obama administration, which released a statement stating that the US was providing “logistical and intelligence support.” A ground offensive involving 150,000 Saudi troops is also reportedly being prepared.

Airstrikes were reported at the Sanaa airport and at the Al Dulaimi military base. Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi’s Ansarullah politburo, warned that the airstrikes would set off a “wide war” in the Arabian Peninsula.

“The Yemeni people are a free people and they will confront the aggressors. I will remind you that the Saudi government and the Gulf governments will regret this aggression," Bukhaiti told Al Jazeera news.

According to US officials, Saudi Arabia has also positioned heavy artillery and other military equipment on its border with Yemen.

At a weekend meeting of Gulf state princes and defense ministers, Saudi officials had presented their plans for air strikes against Houthi targets and a naval blockade of Houthi supply routes.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Saud Al Faisal, told reporters earlier this week that his country was prepared to “take the necessary measures for this crisis to protect the region.”


Looks like the US/CIA have dialed in the same sort of devastating artillery fire for Yemen that they used on Donbass.

This one is much better for the US Wehrmacht, though - unlike the Ukraine the KSA pays cash for its US weapons.

The Saudis aren't so good at the hand-to-hand stuff ... will Jordan give them permission to fly in the IDF to operate the Saudi Abrams tanks when it's time to put tracks and boots on the ground?

Sure. No problem.

At some point all those Shia folks who actually do the work in the KSA may make the connection between the Israel and their employers? Why not overthrow them, make peace with their neighbors, cut off the ISIS, and share the wealth?

Posted by: jfl | Mar 26, 2015 2:49:44 AM | 49

Proyect, you'd be lucky to get a penguin to look at you twice, much less marry you.

Shut up, you twit.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 26, 2015 10:00:09 PM | 51

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