Biden Wrong; No Such Thing As “Defensive” Saudi Weapons in the War on Yemen

Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lazare

“At a 2019 Democratic primary debate, candidate Joe Biden pledged to stop U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Once in the White House, in February 2020, President Joe Biden claimed he would end all U.S. support for ‘offensive operations’ in Yemen. And yet, Biden is now backing a proposed $650 million sale of air-to-air missiles and launchers to Saudi Arabia, an apparent betrayal of his campaign-trail promise. The deal is setting up a fight in the Senate, where Sen. Rand Paul (R‑Ky.) is planning to force a vote on a joint resolution to block the weapons transfer, along with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I‑Vt.) and Mike Lee (R‑Utah). This would be the first Senate vote on the Yemen war during the Biden administration, and would force Democrats (who opposed the war under former President Donald Trump but have been less legislatively aggressive [sic] under the Biden administration) to publicly state their positions.” (11/22/21)