One of the biggest stories in the world you never heard about
According to the United Nations, 8.4 million people in Yemen are just a "step away from famine". Even worse, the US government is aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia in completely devastating Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, where thus far, 5,000 children have been killed or injured and another 400,000 are suffering from severe malnutrition. It has been called "the world's largest humanitarian crisis." And now, 700,000 people have been infected with cholera due to dire sanitation conditions, the largest outbreak in the world.
“Malnutrition and disease are rampant as basic services collapse,” he said, adding: “Those who survive are likely to carry the physical and psychological scars of conflict for the rest of their lives.”
As journalist Daniel Depetris explains in the LA Times, America's role is not that of an innocent bystander. Rather, "We have gone along for the ride, providing indirect military assistance on the Saudi side. Without congressional authorization — and without a peep from the leaders of either party — the Obama and Tp administrations made the U.S. a participant."
If the US did not refuel Saudi warplanes, which according to Pentagon Statistics it has done so over 9,000 times, the war could end tomorrow. Yet the most perplexing part of American involvement in the Saudi-led coalition is that the US Congress never voted to authorize the war in Yemen, with claiming that the conflict is subject to the Authorization of the Use of Military Force of 2001. Thus far, US involvement has solely been left for the President to decide, which many view as an abuse of executive power.
On November 14, 2017 the US Congress did take a vote for the first time to declare that it has not authorized U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, yet it still chose to do nothing to end America's role in the ongoing conflict.
The resolution acknowledges that “Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorizing the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war that are not otherwise subject to the Authorization of Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) or the Authorization of Use of Military Force in Iraq (Public Law 107–243),” but does not withdraw funding for the participation."