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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48973"><span class="small">Megan Keller, The Hill</span></a>   
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:55

Keller writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the U.S. should withdraw its support from Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war over allegations that the Saudi government murdered a dissident journalist."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders: US Should Pull Out of War in Yemen if Saudis Killed Journalist

By Megan Keller, The Hill

16 October 18


en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the U.S. should withdraw its support from Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war over allegations that the Saudi government murdered a dissident journalist.

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this terrible, terrible war in Yemen led by the Saudis," Sanders told CNN's "State of the Union."

"It's clear, we cannot have an ally who murders in cold blood, in their own consulate, a critic, a dissident, that is unacceptable," Sanders said regarding Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish authorities say Saudi operatives murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Khashoggi, who penned articles critical of the Saudi government, has been missing since he entered the consulate on that date.

Saudi Arabia has denied the Turkish authorities' allegations, calling them "baseless."

Sanders has previously been vocal about his opposition to the war in Yemen, something he mentioned to ABC's "This Week" this morning.

He referenced a resolution he had previously introduced with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), saying that the U.S.'s current support for the Saudis in Yemen "is unconstitutional."

"It is a humanitarian disaster," Sanders said. "So probably the most significant thing we should do is to end our involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen."

President Trump has said that the U.S. will severely punish Saudi Arabia if the accusations are discovered to be true regarding Khashoggi, but did not indicate he would end arms deals with the country.

Saudi Arabia said Sunday in a statement that it will meet any action "with greater action."

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+34 # Woratnac 2018-10-16 18:14
Very bad and deceptive title. It makes it seem as if Sanders supported the war and only wanted to pull out if the Saudis had murdered Khasshogi. However, the article makes clear that Sanders condemns the war in its entirety, and mentions it in connection with his obvious view that the Saudis are war criminals [though of course he doesn't put it that way.]
+7 # Street Level 2018-10-16 20:12
I agree. The title is absolute junk and is a total lie.
+8 # Moxa 2018-10-17 07:54
Exactly right. The title makes it sound like if it turns out they didn't murder Khasshogi after all, then Bernie recommends we keep on supporting the war. Clearly Bernie is against the war period, which he has made very clear all along. But for people who have trouble understanding the disastrousness of the situation, maybe the fact that the Saudi's think nothing of killing innocent journalists will get their attention.

Yet maybe not. Trump couldn't have made it clearer that it's all about the money. Too bad if an entire country is being destroyed in the meantime.
+15 # tedrey 2018-10-16 18:17
All humane hearts must feel with Bernie, but those who are unmoved by hundreds of blown-up kids, thousands dying of cholera, and millions on the road to starvation, just aren't going to end a profitable war over a Turkish journalist. In fact, Trump said so again yesterday, in so many words. If he stopped supplying the Saudis assistance in the war on Yemen, the US would lose 500,000 jobs. So he won't.
+5 # Mainiac 2018-10-16 20:22
tedrey, Researchers have discovered that the amount of business that the Saudis do with us is way lower than Trump claims so the job loss would not even approach 500,000. We have a lot more buyers of our military equipment than the Saudis.
+5 # Anne Frank 2018-10-17 16:22
Note how whenever oligarchs face losing some of the profits from genocide they scream about jobs, as if they gave a damn about the well being of working people. And of course the corporate media dutifully echo the big lie.
+9 # EternalTruth 2018-10-16 18:59
We should stop doing what we shouldn’t be doing and shouldn’t have ever been doing? Because Saudi Arabia is showing itself to be less than fully respectful of human rights and rule of law?

I’m certain the *resident will get right on that.
+23 # jon 2018-10-16 19:15
Bernie, whatever you do, please, do NOT set foot inside of any Saudi Embassy!
+1 # margpark 2018-10-16 20:46
Sure we should. Still they are determined to keep that oil flowing.
+3 # elkingo 2018-10-16 21:38
I'm not even gonna read this. What's the matter with you, and Bernie? We should pull out of that ahem, war, because it is evil to slaughter thousands of children and adults, and sustain famine and cholera. Murdering that guy? Awful.But we never should have been there just because the Creature From the Orange Lagoon likes money, and doesn't care about innocent human life.
+4 # fango 2018-10-17 10:16
You should either read the article or even just the first comment. They both maker clear that the title is extremely limited in scope.
+4 # tedrey 2018-10-17 11:00
As several have mentioned, Bernie agrees with all that completely.

But why is Pompeo immediately in the middle of this? What has he got to do interfering there? American interests? Trump has made clear those are all economic. Pompeo is carrying out damage control to make sure that the Yemeni War and the arms sales continue whatever the Saudis do.
+4 # Anne Frank 2018-10-17 16:26
The genocide by the Saudis and Americans in Yemen does not advance any American interest. It only enriches banksters and war profiteers who have no allegiance to the U.S. or any other country.
+7 # EternalTruth 2018-10-17 12:06
If you read the article, you will see that the title is misleading and Bernie agrees with you.