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U.S. Army Green Berets were actively helping Saudi Arabian military personnel on the border with Yemen

U.S. Army Green Berets were actively helping Saudi Arabian military personnel on the border with Yemen

In March, the U.S. Senate voted down a resolution co-sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, and Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, which would have ended U.S. involvement in the protracted and irresolute Yemen civil war, based mainly on information provided by the Pentagon. Recently, however, The New York Times revealed for the first time that U.S. Army Green Berets were actively helping Saudi Arabian military personnel on the border with Yemen.
Had the Senate known this information at the time of the vote, it is conceivable that a handful of senators might have changed their vote and the measure would have passed, paving the way for the withdrawal of U.S. military personnel. Based on this new information — and on the preponderance of evidence that the mission has no bearing on America’s vital national interests — the Senate may revisit the matter.
The Times reported that Green Berets were helping Saudi forces on the border to identify and destroy ballistic missiles in Yemen, not merely train Saudi troops as the Pentagon claimed. Yet as the report notes, “there is no evidence that the Houthis directly threaten the United States,” and that they are “an unsophisticated militant group with no operations outside Yemen.” The U.S. military should not be engaged in missions not related to the defense of the United States and our core interests.
It is a troubling fact the government is currently spending significant amounts of money and sending U.S. military personnel into harm’s way in order to — at best — make Riyadh’s participation in the Yemen civil war more convenient. The viability of the Saudi state is not in question, and the Saudi’s own armed forces are not at risk of being defeated by rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s interests are not America’s interests.