Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen

We need to get the hell out of the Middle East. The Saudi government is a rogue nation and the United States is as guilty as the Saudis because we provide the killing machines, bombs, and bullets to murder innocent children.

Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen

CNN) Dozens of children, many under the age of 10, have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday.

The children were on a field trip when their bus was struck at a market, the first stop of the day, killing 50 and injuring 77, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry.

Most of the children were inside the bus when the airstrike hit, according to a local medic, Yahya al-Hadi.

Strike followed missile

Col. Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told CNN the missile strike was aimed at a "legitimate target."

"No, this is not children in the bus," he said. "We do have high standard measures for targeting (sic)."

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/08/09/middleeast/yemen-bus-intl/index.html

Butchers, barbarians, and liars. That’s how you describe ‘people’ who do things like this. And the people that enable them.

P.S. Be thankful I didn’t post any pictures!

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The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists and Bushco's cry of "War on Terror" set the table for Eternal War, as did Obama's expansion of Bushco's alleged WOT.

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@HenryAWallace

The new one being considered is much, much worse!

Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War

Have you ever heard of Senate Joint Resolution 59 (S.J.Res. 59)? Neither had I. A friend of mine saw a blurb about it on an obscure national security blog and brought it to my attention. At first glance it didn’t seem to be any big deal. It’s inelegantly named the “Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2018.” It was introduced on April 16, 2018 by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), and Tim Kaine (D-VA). Officially, the bill would “Authorize the use of military force against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and designated associated forces, and provide an updated, transparent, and sustainable statutory basis for counterterrorism operations.”

It’s hard to oppose a bill that would “keep Americans safe,” as Corker said in the SFRC hearing. But this bill is so bad, such an affront to our freedom, such an attack on our civil liberties, that we should be compelled to oppose it.

S.J.Res. 59 is bad for a number of reasons. First and most importantly, it would provide blanket permission for the president to launch a military attack of literally any size and intensity whenever he wants without specific congressional approval. That seems obviously unconstitutional to me, although I’m not a constitutional scholar. Still, the constitution says in Article I, Section 8 that only Congress shall have the authority to declare war, among other things military. It does not allow the president the ability to launch a war.

Second, according to Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, it also would write the president a “blank check to lock up Americans who dissent against U.S. military policy.” That’s right. If you oppose U.S. military policy, the president would have the right to lock you up indefinitely without charge.

Marjorie Cohn'S article

Congress Weighs Indefinite Detention of Americans

Under the guise of exercising supervisory power over the president’s ability to use military force, Congress is considering writing Donald Trump a blank check to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens with no criminal charges. Alarmingly, this legislation could permit the president to lock up Americans who dissent against U.S. military policy.
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However, the bill contains no definition of “co-belligerent.” A president may conceivably claim that a U.S. citizen who writes, speaks out or demonstrates against U.S. military action is a “co-belligerent” and lock him or her up indefinitely without charge. “Associated forces” is defined as “any organization, person, or force, other than a sovereign nation, that the President determines has entered the fight alongside and is a co-belligerent with al Qaeda, the Taliban, or ISIS, in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”
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Does AUMF Permit Indefinite Detention?

There is a 1971 U.S. statute that says, “No citizen shall be imprisoned or otherwise detained by the United States except pursuant to an Act of Congress.” An AUMF is an Act of Congress.

Another Act of Congress is the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 (NDAA). Relying on the 2001 AUMF, the 2012 NDAA purported to codify the president’s authority to hold U.S. citizens in military custody indefinitely.

Section 1021 of the NDAA says, “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.”

The constitution and the bill of rights are no longer in affect. Habeaus Corpos is also no longer in effect.

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.... the oligarchs pull us back in!

Diablo

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
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the Saudi's needed to "get their hands dirty"? He and his supporters got what he wished for. The funny thing is, his supporters ignore stuff like this like they did with Obama, while they falsely claim morality over republicans. The progressive blue wave is nothing more than another angle to support imperialism.

"Trump drew his first military blood in Yemen. U.S. Navy special forces carried out a raid—planned by the Obama administration and handed off to the incoming Trump team—that killed 25 civilians, including 10 children in the mountainous Yakla region of Yemen’s Al Bayda province. One of the children killed was an 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, daughter of the Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed on Barack Obama’s orders in a September 2011 U.S. drone strike in Yemen. Nawar’s older brother, 16-year-old Abdulrahman, was killed in a second Obama-commanded drone strike soon afterward."

https://www.globalresearch.ca/children-are-dying-yemen-humanitarian-cris...

This is actually a U.S. led war along with Israel, the Saudi's are mere proxies supplied the weapons, guidance AND political ideology and muscle like the U.S. and company supply ISIS and Al Qaeda their weapons. The control of Yemen and the Bab el Mandeb oil chokepoint, one of the seven key oil chokepoints on the planet, is essential for U.S. imperialism.

Both major political parties are fully complicit in these crimes against humanity, war crimes. The entire Congress should be brought up on charges for war crimes for Yemen alone. That might be the only way to stop it because the American sheeple, especially those supporting the two parties will not raise a hand to stop this war essentially started under Obama.

"The strategic significance of the region between Yemen and Somalia becomes the point of geopolitical interest. It is the site of Bab el-Mandab, one of what the US Government lists as seven strategic world oil shipping chokepoints. The US Government Energy Information Agency states that “closure of the Bab el-Mandab could keep tankers from the Persian Gulf from reaching the Suez Canal/Sumed pipeline complex, diverting them around the southern tip of Africa. The Strait of Bab el-Mandab is a chokepoint between the horn of Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.”9

Bab el-Mandab, between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Oil and other exports from the Persian Gulf must pass through Bab el -Mandab before entering the Suez Canal. In 2006, the Energy Department in Washington reported that an estimated 3.3 million barrels a day of oil flowed through this narrow waterway to Europe, the United States, and Asia. Most oil, or some 2.1 million barrels a day, goes north through the Bab el-Mandab to the Suez/Sumed complex into the Mediterranean.

An excuse for a US or NATO militarization of the waters around Bab el-Mandab would give Washington another major link in its pursuit of control of the seven most critical oil chokepoints around the world, a major part of any future US strategy aimed at denying oil flows to China, the EU or any region or country that opposes US policy. Given that significant flows of Saudi oil pass through Bab el -Mandab, a US military control there would serve to deter the Saudi Kingdom from becoming serious about transacting future oil sales with China or others no longer in dollars, as was recently reported by UK Independent journalist Robert Fisk.

It would also be in a position to threaten China’s oil transport from Port Sudan on the Red Sea just north of Bab el-Mandab, a major lifeline in China’s national energy needs.

In addition to its geopolitical position as a major global oil transit chokepoint, Yemen is reported to hold some of the world’s greatest untapped oil reserves. Yemen’s Masila Basin and Shabwa Basin are reported by international oil companies to contain “world class discoveries.”10 France’s Total and several smaller international oil companies are engaged in developing Yemen’s oil production. Some fifteen years ago I was told in a private meeting with a well-informed Washington insider that Yemen contained “enough undeveloped oil to fill the oil demand of the entire world for the next fifty years.” Perhaps there is more to Washington’s recent Yemen concern than a rag-tag al Qaeda whose very existence as a global terror organization has been doubted by seasoned Islamic experts."

http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/Geopolitics___Eurasia/Chokepoint_Y...

Remember that Somalia was one of the 7 countries Wesley Clark mentioned when talking about the plans to destroy the MENA.

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@Big Al for those links. Puts it into much better perspective and shows there is no intent in this country to get out. By either "party."

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@lizzyh7 @lizzyh7 also. Both party supporters are as hypocritical as it gets at this point. I was at a county fair the other day and in the exhibition hall, the republican party set up a booth with a life size cutout of Trump, wanting people to come take their picture with "it". I walked by and the old fucker standing there asked me, wearing a grateful dead T-shirt, a peace sign ball cap and sporting a pony tail half way down my back, if I wanted to take a picture. I stared at him a second, laughed and told him he didn't want to go there. I told him he wouldn't want to hear what I have to say about Trump or what I'd do in the photo. He laughed, I walked away but turned around after a few steps, went back and told him, "just so you know, I said the same things about Obama.". His sprockets smoked a bit and I walked off.

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