Stand with Pocan-Amash: Stop famine-triggering attack on Yemen's Hodeida port
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Hodeida, Yemen’s major port which receives 80% of the country’s food imports, is threatened with imminent military attack by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The UAE gave aid groups 3 days to leave Hodeida before the threatened launch of this operation, putting 250,000 people under the immediate threat of being killed, and millions more at risk of starving to death.
A recent Washington Post editorial opposed such a Saudi-UAE assault, warning that the world’s worst humanitarian crisis could get even worse. The paper argued that the U.S., which supplies the Saudi-UAE alliance with arms, targeting intelligence, refueling of Saudi-UAE bombers during their bombing runs, and diplomatic protection at the UN, should use its leverage to stop this “reckless venture.”
The Pentagon has been deeply dishonest with Congress and the American people about the depth of the U.S. role in enabling this catastrophic war, which has never been authorized by Congress, in direct violation of the War Powers Clause of the Constitution and of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The New York Times reported that U.S. Army Special Forces have been directly involved in anti-Houthi military operations, blatantly contradicting Pentagon claims that the U.S. is "not directly involved.” There’s no question that Washington could stop the catastrophic UAE assault on Hodeida, if Washington saw it as a priority to do so. As Oxfam America notes, if the U.S. fails to stop the attack, "it will own the consequences."
Please urge your Rep. and Senators to join Mark Pocan [D-WI], Justin Amash [R-MI], Ro Khanna [D-CA], Thomas Massie [R-KY], Barbara Lee [D-CA], Walter Jones [R-NC], and Ted Lieu [D-CA] in demanding that Defense Secretary James Mattis act to stop the catastrophic Saudi-UAE assault on Hodeida by signing our petition.
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