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January 11, 2021

Dear Congress - Stop Wasting Time With Impeaching Trump - End His Famine In Yemen

The pompous U.S. Secretary of State informed Congress that he will designate the Ansarallah movement in Yemen as Foreign Terrorist Organization. As Ansarallah, also known as the Houthi, is ruling over some 80% of Yemen's population such a designation will make aid deliveries to those people impossible:

The designation is to take effect on President Donald Trump’s last full day in office, a day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Several aid groups pleaded on Monday for Biden to immediately reverse the designation. The Biden transition team has not yet expressed his intentions.

“Acting on day one cannot only be a figure of speech,” Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul said. “Lives hang in the balance.”

Six years of war between a U.S.-backed Arab coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been catastrophic for Yemen. Most of its 30 million people rely on international aid to survive. The U.N. says 13.5 million Yemenis already face acute food insecurity, a figure that could rise to 16 million by June.

The threat of the designation has immediate consequences:

Yemen Solidarity Council @YSCouncil - 5:58 UTC · 11 Jan 2021

We are ceasing all operations in the United States for the time being, as well as putting a temporary halt to our intended plans for humanitarian fundraising.

Let it be known that the Trump Administration just criminalized foreign humanitarian aid to #Yemen.

The famine in Yemen is already acute:

[Seven-year-old] Faid weighs only 7 kg (just over 15 lb) and his tiny, fragile frame takes up barely a quarter of a folded hospital blanket. His family had to travel from Al-Jawf, 170 km (105 miles) north of Sanaa, through checkpoints and damaged roads, to get him there.

Unable to afford Faid’s medication or treatment, the family relies on donations to get him treated. Mohammed says malnutrition cases are on the rise and impoverished parents are forced to rely on the kindness of strangers or international aid to get their children treated.

Missing in almost all reports about the ghastly State Department act is the fact that Congress can easily prevent that the terrorist designation becomes reality. The State Department's designation of the Houthi comes under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Paragraph 219 (8 USC 1189) a.3.B.ii of the law says:

Any designation under this subsection shall cease to have effect upon an Act of Congress disapproving such designation.

In April 2019 Congress voted to end all U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE war on Yemen:

The House voted 247 to 175 to send the resolution to the president’s desk, where it is likely to be met with a veto. Sixteen Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats in the effort. The Senate passed the resolution last month, with seven Republicans voting in favor of it.

It is likely that a similar majority could be found now to stop the designation of Ansarallah. To immediately do this would only need some initiative from Congress leaders.

Unfortunately those leaders are currently busy with nonsensical stuff:

As the House prepares for impeachment, President Donald Trump faces a single charge — “incitement of insurrection” — over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a draft of the articles obtained by The Associated Press.

Lawmakers are set to introduce the legislation Monday, with voting mid-week. Pelosi’s leadership team also will seek a quick vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.

The four-page impeachment bill draws from Trump’s own false statements about his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden; his pressure on state officials in Georgia to “find” him more votes; and his White House rally ahead of the Capitol siege, in which he encouraged thousands of supporters to “fight like hell” before they stormed the building on Wednesday.
On impeachment, House Democrats would likely delay for 100 days sending articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, to allow Biden to focus on other priorities.

The 'insurrection' (as noted in the 14th Amendment, Section 3) apparently relates to last Wednesday's short and seemingly unplanned intrusion into the Capitol building by some Trump supporters. But that was more pantomime or slapstick action than a serious operation against the state.

It followed after a Trump rally speech which, yes, spoke of a 'fight' but only in the sense that any other political rally is calling on supporters to fight for the cause. In the context of Trump's other remarks at the rally it becomes obvious that was a purely rhetorical not literal use of that word:

After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.

We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.

To construe an 'incitement of insurrection' out of request to people to make 'peacefully' and 'patriotically' their 'voices heard' is pure nonsense. There is no passage in his speech that can be construed as the opposite. There is no call to storm the building or to tackle the police.

This second attempt to impeach Trump is purely for show. It would have little real world consequences. Trump will leave his office nine days from now and Biden will move in. This impeachment is a political stunt which will only increase the rift within the U.S. electorate.

Congress should stop wasting its time with such nonsense. It should immediately take action to prevent the State Department's terrorist designation of Ansarallah from coming into force. That move would allow aid flow to continue and it would prevent a worsening of the famine

The Capitol building incursion needs further investigation. Even while there was a lot of chatter in open source media that some of the Trump supporters might get rowdy, there was astonishingly little done to prevent them from causing trouble. There are questions:

Why did the Mayor of Washington DC explicitly reject federal help before the Trump rally happened?

Mayor Muriel Bowser @MayorBowser - 18:53 UTC · Jan 5, 2021

To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway.

Why was Capitol Police chief Steven Sund told to not call for timely backup by the National Guard?

In an interview with The Washington Post, Sund said he had asked House and Senate security officials ahead of time for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup. But he said he was turned down.

“If we would have had the National Guard we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive,” he told the Post. He said his superiors had been uncomfortable with the “optics” of formally declaring an emergency ahead of Wednesday’s demonstration.

There was also a well timed diversion of police forces with a pipe bomb placed near the Republican National Committee headquarter. This delayed the arrival of more police forces at the Capitol:

“There was definitely a higher sense of urgency” on police radio traffic as rioters breached the east side of the Capitol, said Ashan M. Benedict, the head of the Washington field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who was working with the Capitol Police at the nearby Republican Party headquarters, where a pipe bomb was found.

Mr. Benedict connected with a commander of the Capitol Police SWAT team who was inside the complex, who acknowledged that they needed immediate help but said he needed a moment to arrange the official request.

A.T.F. and F.B.I. teams were soon headed to the Capitol.
When Mr. Benedict and his deputy finally got into the building, it was madness, he recalled.

Who placed that diversion?

And who are the people who let all this happen?

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Posted by: Jeffrey Kaye | Jan 12 2021 18:42 utc | 100

I think it was intended as a warning, a demonstration, "Hmmm, nice little shop you have here. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it. (Glass breaking in the back.) Well I have to be moving along, my employee Roscoe will be back in front here in a minute to discuss our protection service."

New horizons for reality TV.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 18:50 utc | 101

@ fyi

"he came across as a racist"

He didn't 'come across' as a racist (what does it even mean?), and I doubt that denizens of Detroit get brainwashed much. They are, after all, mere proles. Although, who knows.

As for NAFTA, well, there's no NAFTA anymore. So, technically speaking he did kill it.

Yes, there's another agreement, and, based on what I've read, it requires a higher portion of automotive production to take place in the US of A. Which means that for the domestic automotive industry it's better than NAFTA.

It's that simple, methinks. Of course you're free to have a different opinion.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 18:50 utc | 102

We should end the war in Yemen by switching sides. It will neither happen under Trump nor Biden, who was Ehud Barack Obama's VP. Trump allowed the War on Terror to enter the USA by letting people storm the Capitol. Trump is a sore loser and said he would challenge the election results if he lost. In 2016, he was elected and said there were illegitimate votes for Clinton.

Posted by: blue prince | Jan 12 2021 19:09 utc | 103

The US far right is a relatively small group massively infiltrated by govt agencies such as the FBI ATF etc.

Bedwetters like JKaye and Steven j "Flog'em &Hang'em" Johnson are engaged in hyperbolic scaremongering.

If the far right had really intended sedition, by lainching a coup attempt, they would have shown up with lots of ballistic weapons.

But they didn't.

Once you understand that you understand that hyperbolic bedwetting idiots like JKaye and Hang'em j Johnson are simply acting, wittigly or unwittingly, as agents for the federal and corporate establishment

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 19:27 utc | 104

William Gruff @ 51:

"...These people really are worse than the very craziest religious evangelists that have ever existed. Their certainty in their own correctness couldn't be more complete even if they had an actual deity assuring them of it on prime time TV...'

I'm reminded of 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. That was a movie.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 12 2021 20:06 utc | 105

Very good flesh, karlof1 @ 98! I am all for bottom>up! Saw my first crocus yesterday. New Mexico is one of the states which is heavily influenced by our indigenous peoples, on whose land my own dwelling sits. I am here at their forbearance! They take the long view of things.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 12 2021 20:36 utc | 106

Re Triden at 104

Ha ha. This guy is a comedian. He doesn’t realize how revealing his obsession with “bedwetting” is. He uses the insult numerous times in postings in recent days. (“Once you understand that you understand that hyperbolic bedwetting idiots like JKaye and Hang'em j Johnson ....”)

I could say something about as hominem attacks, but why bother? Except to say that in the low level of comments that have predominated at this site lately, ad hominem passes for clever repartee and conclusive put down. Meanwhile, so sad to see this site descend into apologias for Confederate flag waving racists and swastika-bearing right wing marauders, and the federal cops and politicians who enable them. Biden and the Democrats are no true friends of the people. But Trump is no alternative. And his attempt to extra-legally overturn even the capitalist simulacra or fig leaf of democracy for bonapartism or neo-Mussolinism is a danger to the people, not salvation for them.

Posted by: Jeffrey Kaye | Jan 12 2021 21:18 utc | 107

Kaye is sad.

Umm… "Che cries for you comrade!"?

Are you less sad now? :P


Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jan 12 2021 22:17 utc | 108

@108 Sunny Runny Burger

Thanks for that comment.

Indeed, MoA has been a shoulder for many to cry on, all of them "sad", all of them lamenting the "descent" of the site from an earlier good-guy position into one that the commenters can barely even visit now, except to sniffle a little. Good old MoA for the sympathetic shoulder. Poor old MoA, for the horrendous fall.

Some of them are happy, of course, and we can tell this from the exuberant "LOL" that they often like to fling around.

They have no lives, poor things, unless they interject in conversations that were simply trying to converse.

Sad. Or should that be LOL?

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 12 2021 22:51 utc | 109

relevant article from grey zone - US backs al-Qaeda in Yemen while dubbing its Houthi enemies ‘terrorists’

Posted by: james | Jan 13 2021 2:12 utc | 110

Gruff 21

I absolutely agree. I have been trying to tell my Dem friends (I am an ex-Dem) this: that Trump is a symptom--not a cause. They have made this all about Trump with their deranged obsession. So they have led themselves into delusion.

I just watched Tucker Carlson's Jan. 11 show (linked/embedded at The Saker blog). Mind-blowing. I don't have a TV. I didn't realize how serious the crackdown has become in just five days. Much worse than I imagined. It really feels like time to get out of the USA if one can. Fortunately I can.

As for the Dem Party I would say it now means Demented.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 13 2021 2:51 utc | 111

If they impeach Trump, it will give him a platform to present his case, including the election fraud facts.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 22:14 utc | 32

Clarification: Impeachment doesn't mean there is actually a trial. Other than that I agree that a trial in the SEnate would give Trump an oppy to present evidence of fraud in the election. Steve Johnson has drunk the Kool-Aid that there is no evidence of fraud and thus even mentioning fraud puts the Dems in the right. No way. James Kunstler, at ClusterFuck nation, put together a very useful, and long (altho still partial), list of the evidence of fraud that the MSM and various state courts refused to look at. And that is how we got to the Capitol on 1/6.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 13 2021 3:04 utc | 112

Re Yeah, Right | Jan 12 2021 12:04 utc | 74

There are two more ways to assure that Trump will never be able to run for public office again:

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious Conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
14th Amendment, Section 3. of the Constitution of the United States
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

(NOTE: No person shall . . . hold any office, civil or military . . . who, having previously taken an oath . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.)

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 13 2021 3:09 utc | 113

Jeffrey Kaye 100
"lynch mob atmosphere at this riot"

Au contraire, I don't think this was anyhting like a lynch mob, from what I saw. I viewed many videos, on the Jimmy Dore Show. Dore is a good anthologizer of videos, relevant tweets, etc.

One saw quite a few different scenes, some more violent than others. But I didn't notice any protesters with weapons. It almost looked more like an occupation of a university building back in teh 60s, or a uni president's office. To call this shambolic, disorganized crowd "insurrectionists" is actually kind of an insult to genuine insurrectionists, who would surely be more organized and more disciplined and wouldn't be distracted by baubles such as Nancy Pelosi's lectern!

Furthermore, let's recall that the Capitol does belong to the people. Not that that should be taken to condone violence, but if the people want to come in, far better to invite them in. The smart thing to do would have been to provide adequate security for the building and to invite groups of, say, 30 protesters at a time to enter and witness the goings-on of OUR LEGISLATORS, paid by us.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 13 2021 3:20 utc | 114

@ Jeffrey Kaye | Jan 12 2021 21:18 utc | 107

Yes, you’ve expressed an accurate diagnosis of the situation, both nationally and here at MoA.

For years, as leftists complained about social media censoring progressive views and locking out progressive organizations, the wackadoodle right has taken great pains to jeer, and lecture us that those media were private corporations that had every right to kick off anyone that they wanted to.

But now that they’re getting a big gulp of that medicine for themselves, these lying, racist morons (persons like Triden) are screeching in outrage about their "constitutional rights" and are flooding into MoA, perhaps with the hope of taking it over. Many (perhaps most) of them are very much like Triden, very fragile egos (like Trump) who cannot debate, because they are childishly incapable of disagreeing without calling names and spewing personal insults (like Trump)and they cannot function without trying to bury their targets under a mountain of lies (like Trump).

Like Trump, they are undoubtedly incapable of change – certainly not change for the better, like growing up, or developing a conscience. And like Trump, lying is not second nature with them, it is first nature, part of the foundation of their very being, and we will never see a day when they will try behaving like grownups, stop lying, and stop spewing the hatred.

So, don’t expect anything better from these folks . . .

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 13 2021 4:22 utc | 115

AntiSpin | Jan 13 2021 4:22 utc | 112

For years, as leftists complained about social media censoring progressive views and locking out progressive organizations

Dixie Chicks anyone?

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 13 2021 7:26 utc | 116

I have no more time for orangeutan than I do for any of the other posturing ponces who inhabit DC. AFAIC they are all self interested hypocrites who would pawn their gandmas for however much it took to become 'the one in control - whatever gand patch they wear, they all display the same appaling lack of principle.

Nevertheless even I, the cynic Debsisdead was somewhat shocked to see that the two rethug characters the NYT is spruiking as evidence orangeutan was to be no longer tolerated were 1: Liz Cheney you know here the dyke daughter of murderer in chief for shrub, VP Dick Cheney. . . .
2: John Yoo the low life shrub used to twist amerika's law into claiming the law supported torturing esp waterboarding & physically punishing any foreigner someone didn't like the look of.

It doesn't take Carl Yung to analyse the motive for those two creeps' support of drawing and quartering D Trump, just the knowledge that both are ambitious (Cheney politically ie potus & Yoo judicially i.e. a scotus spot) and both know they must do considerable work to appease the dim half of the amerikan empire party to wash the stench of GW Bush's Iraq screw up off their personas.

What really gets me is that all of the dims including the fraud squad have kicked out their principled claim to abhor the gwot travesty just to kybosh the orageutan certified idiot.

Despite what the house dembots claim, no issue of humane treatment of humans ever trumps dims innate lust for power, no matter their alleged 'leftness'.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 13 2021 8:52 utc | 117

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 13 2021 4:22 utc | 115

Poor Antispin. ****

Still immensely butthurt, I see, from not having recieved those extra comfort blankets he demanded from b

**** "Antispin"? how does that work?

It's like "Antifa" where the people behaving like fascists claim to be against it in the hope no one will notice what they are and what they represent

Posted by: Triden | Jan 13 2021 10:02 utc | 118

Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 18:50 utc |who whinged like the sad little crybaby you n fyi are:
"He didn't 'come across' as a racist (what does it even mean?)"

You both come across as extremely intolerant unthinking dupes of the right.

fyi with his ignorant little spiel about how access to narcotics would 'destroy' everything which is just stupid given that anyone who wants to can access narcotics right now today, the difference would be legal access would rob organised crime of much of their power and return that to the societies drug users are a part of.

You on the other hand merely repeat whatever trite meme is currently popular among the mindless unthinking turkeys who belong to the 'alt right' would rather try to prove that they are somehow different and therefore special; not at all the same as all the other shat upon citizens - black, brown white or whatever, but also impoverished. The elites see no difference because there is none as far as they are concerned your stupid claim to individualism & concomitant 'freedom' merely tells them you are weak.

Your sort will never be a part of the solution because the right along with the ersatz left still cling to amerika's big lie, that possession of something, a house, a belief, or a gun sets you above others who have none of these things. You ignore reality, that is the truly powerful will take your material possessions, superciliously ignore your beliefs, shoot you first if you own a gun, at any time they choose to.

Not to be trusted in a revolution just like the billygoat, because your attachment to things will always leave you able to be bought. No better than circe or the dim lovers, the right will always be vulnerable along with whatever they imagine they support just because of their inability to put principle before self.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 13 2021 11:20 utc | 119

@Debsisdead 119,

could you rephrase that, please? I mean, why not spend a few minutes, and try to communicate intelligently your unhappiness with my assertion that "he didn't 'come across' as a racist (what does it even mean?)".

Perhaps you could even explain what it means? In English, not Woke, please.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 13 2021 12:13 utc | 120

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 13 2021 7:26 utc | 116

Totally, let's hear it for the Dixie Chicks.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 12:28 utc | 121

Are the BORG and Mob Princess Pelosi following the Reichstag FF playbook now?

As stroll back through history by mr. reagan

"This is EXACTLY how Nazi Germany Began"

[And it's a yootoob from yesterday, so watch it before it's gone. If GMINITRUTH disappears it you will know it was likely on target]

Posted by: gm | Jan 13 2021 12:30 utc | 122

And here is the Feb 2017 Smithsonian magazine story that mr reagan refers to in his above yootoob:

Posted by: gm | Jan 13 2021 12:58 utc | 123

New Pepe:

9/11 Was the Prelude. 1/6 Is the Holy Grail

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 13:19 utc | 124

Mr. Debsisdead

I have first-hand, personal and familial experience with the effect of drugs on human beings.

Yes, there are a few who can hold their drugs, but then, there are also those who cannot.

I have seen the destroyed or diminished lives, do not presume that I am ignorant.

In fact, you be the one who is ignorant.

Kill all the drug-pushers - no mercy.

Posted by: fyi | Jan 13 2021 14:24 utc | 125

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 13 2021 3:09 utc | 113

Is that you Circe?


Posted by: fyi | Jan 13 2021 14:24 utc | 125

You have a point but then agha fyi, how many Iranians have experienced a "diminished" life because of the opiate of Iranian lumpen masses and the crypto-masonic pushers of "corresponding with the hidden Imam via a well" and the NWO-ready "Shia Islamic Republic" on whose behalf you are here fighting for a coveted commentator on MOA seat at the bar?

Posted by: AnnoyedDragon | Jan 13 2021 16:41 utc | 126

I can imagine that the humanitarian situation in Yemen causes headaches and sleepless nights in State Department, Pentagon and "agencies":

Food and medicines are blocked, best possible conditions are created for cholera and dengue fever, and those [expletives deleted] are still alive!!!! If this is not terrorism [temerity to stay alive], what is?

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 14 2021 1:19 utc | 127

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