Since March 2015 the United States has supported a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that's intervening in a civil war in Yemen. The war has resulted in massive civilian casualties and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
We, the citizens of the United States are enabling a war that has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis and wounded more than 40,000, the majority of them civilians. Over 5 million Yemenis are displaced, millions more have contracted cholera and some 14 million are at risk right now of starving to death.
A bipartisan resolution before the Senate would have pulled the U.S. out of this three-year-old war, but unfortunately it failed. Our Wyoming senators voted against this resolution.
Yemen's fate hangs in the balance as the world watches heart-wrenching scenes of hospitals being bombed and stick-thin children crying because they're hungry. There's another cholera outbreak and medical officers lack enough supplies to treat people.
It's time to end our participation in this carnage. The United States supplies a significant portion of the money, intelligence, weapons and logistical support that fuels the Saudi-led bombing campaign. If we withdraw that suppport we could potentially force our allies to abandon the war entirely.
Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi had this to say, “I opposed the Lee-Sanders resolution on the Yemen conflict as it sidestepped the committee process. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has publicly stated that the committee will hold a hearing on this issue so I expect we will soon learn more about the situation there which will help us make more informed decisions.”
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, “When Houthi insurgents took over the Yemen government in 2014, they created great instability in the region. Terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, have taken advantage of this instability. The United States has provided strong humanitarian assistance to Yemen since the beginning of the conflict. In fact, our nation has been the largest contributor of foreign aid to Yemen.”