Yemen’s US backed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled Yemen ahead of an advancing column of Houthi rebels as the Kingdom moved up major military units to its southern border. The New York Times reports:
SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s foreign minister has called for an “immediate” Arab military intervention against advancing Shiite rebels.
Riad Yassin told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite news network on Wednesday that Yemen had asked Arab countries — especially oil-rich Gulf Sunni countries — to send air and naval forces to counter Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
But the collapsing regime’s defense minister did not flee quickly enough. The Washington Post says the rebels have the Yemeni official in their custody. The Telegraph says the Saudis are “moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, US officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.
This is probably the most important news piece you’ll see all day.
Make no mistake, the war in Yemen is a proxy war by Iran against Saudi Arabia. And the Saudis can’t be thrilled with the ever increasing sprawl of Iranian influence, from Syria, to Iraq, and now Yemen. Saudi Arabia is being hemmed in. How internally stable they are is an open question. They’re lavishly equipped, militarily, but just how much real combat power they have, especially against guerrillas, is also an open question.
Iran is fighting on multiple fronts to achieve regional hegemony, and we’re negotiating with them to give them nuclear weapons.
We probably could have toppled the regime in 2009 during the Green Revolution, but instead, our refusal to even offer a scrap of moral support empowered the mullahs to squash dissent brutally.
And so, here we are.