Vanderbilt Law White Paper: An Assessment of the Legality of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

An Assessment of the Legality of Arms Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Context of the Conflict in Yemen This White Paper analyzes U.S. statutory obligations regarding arms sales and military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the context of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The United States has provided significant support for[…]

NRC: Saudi aid package to Yemen insufficient unless blockade ends

Norwegian Refugee Council statement on Saudi aid package to Yemen. The recently announced Saudi aid package to Yemen will not solve Yemen’s humanitarian needs unless it also allows for unhindered entry of commercial and humanitarian food, fuel and other vital supplies in through all of Yemen’s ports, including Hodeida, NRC said today.NRC also called on[…]

The American Conservative: Dennis Ross’s Shameless Paean to the Saudi War Criminal

The Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is coming to Washington next month, so naturally we are already being treated to shameless propaganda on his behalf in our newspapers. Here’s Dennis Ross’ plea to “get behind” the Saudi king’s son: I have just returned from my second trip to Saudi Arabia since Mohammed bin Salman, the[…]

Breitbart: Senate Coalition Emerges to Block Illegal U.S. Participation in Saudi War on Yemen

A bipartisan coalition has emerged in the Senate to invoke the War Powers Resolution to stop U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—an independent who caucuses with Democrats—have banded together to introduce a resolution that forces the first-ever U.S. Senate vote to end an unauthorized[…]

Nationwide Voter Survey – Report on Results

Nationwide Voter Survey: Report on results From Thursday, November 16 through Monday, November 20, 2017 J. Wallin Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey of voters nationwide. We interviewed 1,000 respondents using live, professional interviewers, speaking Spanish and English languages and calling both mobile and landlines (44% of this survey was completed on mobile phones). A survey[…]

American Conservative: John Yoo: President Can Wage War Without Congressional Declaration

A debate featuring author of torture memo and Bruce Fein saw more rationalizing of the executive’s massive powers. WASHINGTON — There’s a lot of talk today about the feebleness of Congress, whether on its inability to pass real spending budgets or confront knotty but inevitably crucial issues like immigration. But there’s nothing that gets constitutionalists[…]

Axios: The U.S. involvement in Yemen’s humanitarian crisis

Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, recently told NPR that the war in Yemen has led to “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” Widespread hunger has contributed to a massive cholera outbreak, per the Guardian, and Saudi-led airstrikes have continuously led to civilian casualties, including children. Why it matters: The U.S. has backed Saudi Arabia throughout the[…]

The New York Times: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.

Fifteen years ago this week, Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, spoke at the United Nations to sell pre-emptive war with Iraq. As his chief of staff, I helped Secretary Powell paint a clear picture that war was the only choice, that when “we confront a regime that harbors ambitions for regional domination, hides weapons of[…]