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Washington Renews Threats Against Yemen

January 15, 2024 - On January 11-13, U.S. Central Command ordered cockpit-manned aircraft to violate Yemeni airspace. U.S. and British bombers led airstrikes on the capital Sana'a and the governorates of Hodeidah, Taiz, Hajjah, and Saada. 

In a White House statement, President Joe Biden declared, "These targeted strikes are a clear message that the United States and our partners will not tolerate attacks on our personnel or allow hostile actors to imperil freedom of navigation in one of the world's most critical commercial routes. I will not hestitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary." For decades, Biden has championed the growing world policeman role of the U.S. military. 

So too, the Biden administration and Congressional leaders have repeatedly insisted that the U.S. plans a long-term military presence in the Arab world. Washington has long followed a 3-pronged strategy. It is composed of direct military intervention, builiding up reactionary local regimes, and supporting the aggressive Israeli state in order to "protect" and expand U.S. monopoly capital's claims, through force-of-arms, on the region's "great natural resources."

Yemen was one of the earliest members of the U.S. government's outlined list of targets in the so-called "war on terrorism" for the new millennium. U.S. imperialism has declared that every country in the world must embrace the so-called "free market" system and that those which do not accept the dictates of Western imperialism are "rogue states." According to this blueprint for world domination, any country which resists outside dictates or in which the people rise in defense of national independence and economic sovereignty can be labeled and selected as the next target of U.S. aggression.


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