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Biden continuing Trump's 'messy belligerence' in Middle East, says analyst

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Eric Walberg, a Canadian author and journalist. (File photo)

A Canadian author and journalist says US President Joe Biden is continuing the "messy belligerence" of his ill-famed predecessor in the Middle East by fawning over the Israeli regime.

In an interview with Press TV on Friday, Eric Walberg denounced the Biden administration’s strategy toward Yemen, saying the US Congress has failed to mount pressure on the incumbent government to end its support of the devastating war on the Arab country.

He said the US Congress during the previous Republican administration twice passed resolutions to end its support to the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen, but no resolution has been pushed under the present rulers in the White House.

“This is the way democracy works in the US,” Walberg asserted. “The only consolation is that everyone is angry with Biden's incompetence and duplicity, so he will be gone soon, as will the Democratic majority in Congress.”

He hastened to add there was “no principled, competent politician on the horizon” to replace the Democratic president.

Commenting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which is worsening according to the United Nations, Walberg said the country was in “a terrible crisis of starvation and disease.”

He, however, lauded the resistance forces in the Arab country for defeating the foreign aggressors.

“The resilience of the Houthi is impressive. My understanding is that the Houthi more truly represent the people of Yemen, even though they are not the majority Sunni, but are Shia Muslims in the north,” the journalist said.

“There has to be some representative government for the conflict to end unless the north and south decide to separate again. The current UN-sponsored ceasefire should address this.”

On the turbulent history of the Arab country, Walberg said it has seen instability since the 1960s civil war before the south separated in 1967 and allied with the Soviet Union.

“Yemen's history is trouble, the economy is weak,” he said. “A western-backed Yemen would mean a distorted economy, with the US in control, a disaster for Yemenis.”

The Canadian journalist said the US “tempts its local puppets with dollars and weapons”, and that it was “hard for Yemenis to even know what is going on at present”.

“The south would like to separate again and it is hard to blame them. Perhaps China will move into the vacuum if the US leaves. The US will not give room to China and will want to keep the war going until it is satisfied with a Yemeni government in the highly strategic Gulf of Aden.

“The US is still smarting from the suicide attack on the USS Cole in Aden in 2000. So you see, this is very complex and confusing.”

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


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