Congress votes to end military aid to Saudi
In our last post two days ago, we highlighted the Dispatches programme which described in graphic detail the role our weapons supplies were having in Yemen. The Saudis, using jets supplied by us, were creating suffering on an almost unimaginable scale with tens of thousands of deaths, a cholera outbreak and starvation of its people.
Today, 4 April 2019, the US Congress has voted 247 to 155 to end military aid to Saudi Arabia. Further votes are planned to stop weapons supplies as well. It is expected that President Trump will veto the actions but nevertheless, it sends a strong message of what Americans think of this terrible regime and its countries continuing military support for it.
This puts the UK in a tricky position. A chief ally stepping back leaves this country somewhat exposed. We shall have to see over the coming days what feeble excuses are trotted out to justify our support and role in the killing.
Sources: The Nation, Washington Post, the Guardian