Locked and loaded?

For many years the United States has done a land office business selling arms and ammunition to the Saudis. We continued doing this even after it was Saudis who financed and carried out the attacks on 9-11. For several years now, the Saudis have been using these weapons in a genocidal, Sunni versus Shia war aimed at the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, it seems, the Houthi have struck back using weapons provided to them by Iran.

These facts raise two very important questions.

First, is there any legitimate reason for the United States to act militarily in support of Saudi Arabia in this conflict?

And, second, if, yes, who should decide?

With respect to the first question, involving ourselves in the ongoing conflicts between Shia and Sunni has proven to be disastrous. We do not have a dog in that fight, but, if we must take sides, the barbaric dictatorship that is Saudi Arabia is the wrong one.

With respect to the second question, the answer is obvious. It is the responsibility of the Congress to declare war, not the President and certainly not the dictator of Saudi Arabia as President Trump has suggested in his tweets. Any military strike against Iran without Congressional approval will be the most egregious impeachable offense yet.

Blessed are the Peacemakers. THAT is the role we should seek to play.

21 thoughts on “Locked and loaded?

      1. John Roberts provided an explanation for those using the new editor, to find it, just type “continue” into the search box (right side next to the first article).

        I use the old editor, and in that one you just click an icon on the toolbar.

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  1. And probably another $2 trillion down the drain.

    As a practical matter, the mighty US Empire just got fought to a 20-year quagmire by a bunch of guys in sandals from one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Iran is a stable, developed country with a disciplined military who have been preparing for war with the US since 1979.

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        1. You are correct. The military performed brilliantly against Saddam’s armies. Both times. And, as you point out, their efforts were largely wasted because of incompetent management of the “peace.” Particularly poor was the performance of the political hacks that GWB appointed to administer the country. Their banning of the Baathists from any and all opportunity was the primary reason for the insurgency and the formation of ISIS.

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  2. RE: “First, is there any legitimate reason for the United States to act militarily in support of Saudi Arabia in this conflict?”

    Yes, of course there is. The kingdom is an ally and Iran is a foe. On that basis alone, military action might be justified.

    The only question is, What kind of military action?

    RE: “And, second, if, yes, who should decide?”

    It is unlikely the president will go to war without observing the Constitutional niceties. The Constitution itself is pretty strict on this issue, but there’s more than enough precedent and enabling legislation to provide fig leaves to cover up any impeachable offense.

    Besides, Congress might well approve of going to war with Iran. Congressional cynics, for example, might see it as a way to make the president unpopular in an election year. In contrast, the president hasn’t shown any great eagerness to start a new war.

    All in all, there isn’t much to be concerned about here.

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        1. Yes, actually it is false. Saudia Arabia is NOT and “ally.” We have no mutual defense treaty obligations of any kind with them as we do with Japan, SEATO and NATO. Furthermore, we share zero values with the brutal and barbaric regime that runs the place. And, lest we forget, they are the home and funder of Wahhabi terrorism including 9-11 and other atrocities.

          https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/seven-questions-iran/598096/

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        2. RE: “Saudia Arabia is NOT and ‘ally.’ We have no mutual defense treaty obligations of any kind with them.”

          Treaty or not, we make foreign military sales to them and have for decades. We only do so with allies.

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    1. “The kingdom is an ally and Iran is a foe.”

      A little history is in order… the 9-11 hijackers were Saudis, and the site of the US embassy in Tehran was bedecked in flowers and tributes of mourning on 9-12.

      That the Republicans never could determine which side of the toast was jellied comes as no surprise.

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    2. “It is unlikely the president will go to war without observing the Constitutional niceties. ”

      THAT would be a refreshing change.

      …”enabling legislation to provide fig leaves to cover up any impeachable offense.”… Compliments of Mitch McConnell, no doubt.

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