by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | November 26, 2016 11:40 am
Julian Assange of WikiLeak’s infamy is at it again. This morning, over 500 documents were leaked from the US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Care to guess what they cover? They cover from 2009 to Yemen’s civil war in 2015 and Hillary Clinton is right in the thick of it. So is John Kerry. And if you guessed war and arming Islamic militants, you get a cookie. This all has to do with oil and the transport of it. Where things get fuzzy is what side we are on and why we should be in Yemen in the first place.
The biggest reason to be there is to stop Iran from getting a stranglehold on the world’s oil shipping avenues. Iran already controls Iraq and they are making moves on Yemen and other Middle Eastern targets. Obama, Clinton and Kerry botched things royally in Yemen, culminating in our forces having to leave and turning control over to the Houthis. We thoughtfully left all our weapons and vehicles for them to use too.
25 November 2016
Today, Friday 25 November, WikiLeaks releases the Yemen Files. .
The Yemen Files are a collection of more than 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Comprising more than 200 emails and 300 PDFs, the collection details official documents and correspondence pertaining to the Office for Military Cooperation (OMC) located at the US embassy. The collection spans the period from 2009 until just before the war in Yemen broke out in earnest during March 2015. This time period covers both Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (20092013) and the first two years of Secretary John Kerry’s tenure.
Julian Assange said: “The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons. Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare.”
Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day. In addition, Yemen borders Saudi Arabia (to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea, through which another 20% of the world’s petroleum passes from the Strait of Hormuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks to control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by Iran along the Strait of Hormuz or by countries which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea.
The Yemen Files offer documentary evidence of the US arming, training and funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the war. The documents reveal, among other things, procurement of many different weapon types: aircraft, vessels, vehicles, proposals for maritime border security control and Yemeni procurement of US biometric systems.
A US presence remained in the country until February 2015, when the US closed its embassy due to the continuing unrest between different factions in the country. The war broke out a month later.
A Department of Defense Powerpoint presentation dated August of 2010, which is revealed in the dump, lays out a detailed plan for equipping the Yemeni government with arms through the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program and other “security assistance programs.” Part of the presentation warns against getting trapped in an expensive cycle where the Yemeni government keeps buying and receiving “shiny new toys,” leading to mounting costs for the US. And the costs spiraled out of control.
This document details goals aimed at making Yemen “a stable state where violent extremists cannot operate” and “to limit the regional impacts of terrorism, trafficking and piracy.” The estimated ticket for weapons etc. to the Yemeni government came in at $147 million. $99 million of that was earmarked for a “counterterrorism aviation support” package, $41 million was for the Yemeni Navy for “operations support and capacity building” and a further $7 million was allocated for a “counterterrorism direct action force support” package. I sense graft and massive corruption here. It further states that “given the state of the Yemen economy” almost all of the money spent bolstering the Yemeni military is given in non-repayable loans from US government funds.
Between 2002 and 2008, the US gave the Yemeni government a whopping $105 million worth of weapons. Another million annually was spent on the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program which sends 20-25 Yemeni military students to various military schools in the US.
Yemen was a massive money pit full of corruption and Jihadists. It was an absolute failure by Obama and then it was touted as a success. I may not think much of Assange, but this information is definitely illuminating.
RELEASE: The #Yemen Files #HillaryClinton #YemenCrisis #Saudi #Iran #ISIL #AQAP #RedSea https://t.co/kTLYWhGMBF #yemencrisis pic.twitter.com/LjzvkAQxG2
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 25, 2016
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