What’s REALLY Going On In Yemen

What the Heck Is This War About?

Confused about the war in Yemen?

Here’s what’s really going on …

Yemen – previously called “Aden” – has one of the oldest civilizations in the Middle East.  But it has been racked with violence for a long time.

In the 1960s, a pro-Arab nationalist faction clashed with the British – who wanted Yemen to become a Western-controlled natural resource hub – and devolved into brutal fighting, with both sides using terrorism.

Yemen’s first president – Saleh – was in power from 1990 to 2012.  The U.S supported Saleh, but Saleh was a double-dealing scoundrel.

The Arab Spring protests ousted Saleh, and America helped broker immunity for prosecution in return for his leaving office.

Saleh was corrupt and tyrannical.   As the Telegraph reports:

For years, the Americans saw President Ali Abdullah Saleh as a key ally in the fight against al-Qaeda. He allowed his air bases to be used by US drones to strike at the movement’s operatives, and gladly received Western aid in development cash and arms supplies.

Yet according to claims in a United Nations report last month, one of the first things Mr Saleh did when his three-decade rule was threatened by the 2011 Arab Spring was strike a secret deal to give an entire southern province to al-Qaeda. The more he could portray Yemen as falling into militant hands, he calculated, the more the West want to keep him in office at all costs.

The U.S. brokered Saleh’s replacement by Yemen’s current president, Hadi. Hadi was a long-time high-level assistant to Saleh.

The presidential election “ballot” had only one choice … Hadi:

The opposition which took over the country – the Houthis (also called “Zaydis”) – are violent fundamentalist idiots. Yes, they are closer to Shiites (like the majority in Iran) than Sunnis (like Saudi Arabia).  But they are virtually indistinguishable from Sunni fundamentalist terrorists in their behavior:

Although a Shi’a group, Zaydi theological differences with Sunnis are few ….

Hadi is such a traitor to his own Yemeni people that he is calling for a foreign power – Saudi Arabia – to keep bombing Yemen until his opposition is defeated.

But – here’s the kicker – guess who is behind the Houthi revolt that led to the taking over Yemen from Hadi?

If you guessed Iran, you’re wrong.

It’s deposed president Saleh! He’s baaaaack!

Indeed, the reason that the Houthis were able to take over the country so quickly is that many of the troops and police are still loyal to Saleh.  So – at Saleh’s instruction – while the Houthis advanced, the soldiers and guards simply walked away from their posts when Saleh told them to scram.

Bottom line: There are no saints in this conflict …

Many are calling this a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But it’s not.

Initially, Saudi Arabia is directly bombing Yemen. It’s not doing so through a  proxy.

Moreover, while Iran is sending the Houthis some money, this is really a power struggle between two corrupt idiots:   Saleh and Hadi.  Iran is not very involved.

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  • Charles

    I have Yemen in FantasyGeopolitics (a game were teams draft countries and you get points when countries get in the news) and Yemen is one of the top countries right now. It is carrying my team to the end (and it was one of the last picks of the draft). So psyched i got it.

    • the silenced masses

      Let’s hope this will turn out to be a long, genocidal civil war with huge death tolls, that should guarantee victory for your team!

    • Tom kauser

      Six years and it was the last choice in the country draft? Cupcakes

  • thegoldenpipewrench .

    great article – that explains alot

  • Annelise Barron

    Hey…WashBlogger…you need to fix this sentence in your story, which currently reads: “The U.S. brokered Saleh’s replacement by Yemen’s current president, Hadi. Hadi was a long-time high-level assistant to Hadi.” (Second “Hadi” should be Saleh?)

  • Tom kauser

    You forget that this was supposed to be a proxy war in 2009 and six years later the Saudis have grown a pair to mass 150k on Yemenis border? Only an avid Tv viewer would be impressed with 150k hungry Saudi fighters ready to take on the proxy Iranians. When in past conflicts Iran massed a million men to defend against Iraq?

  • hvaiallverden

    Tsk, tsk

    This is robbish, and dont read and belive ZeroHedge witch is a ZioNazis front line site, their best, rightwinged feaks and “freinds of Israel”.
    And as in the Ukrainian theater I ask just one qestion.


    This Wb. is half truths.
    And by the way, I dont care but I care about facts.
    This arent facts, the fact is that Yemens, finaly have and is kicking out the westen puppets after years of been hammered by UssA and the Saudis.
    And where is then ALL the Iranians.
    An image would help, no, this is the same as in the Ukrainian war, Russians everywhere but not a single f.. image, as sayed, its easyer to take images of wild wolfs in the forests of Ukraina, than Russian army, witch I havent seen one credible image of at all, and thats for a full year with satelits and High def in everything, but no confirmation of anything.
    And whats wurse is the shruvdness of this perverted perseptions delivered unintended or not, is this aboiut why dont they talk about all the western mercs in Yemen, instead of whining about Iranians.

    Tsk, tsk tsk,


    • Jeffersonian

      All while the reporters and MSM can say “Unconfirmed Sources Say….”, or “we cannot verify the following…..”

      The propaganda runs deep! We don’t receive news, just brainwashing.

    • Hard to tell what is really going on here. We will just have to see if Washington’s Blog turns out to be right or wrong, won’t we?