To the editor: In February, President Biden announced he would end support for Saudi Arabia’s offensive operations in Yemen, which, with U.S. backing, have caused the largest humanitarian crisis on the planet, with millions of people on the verge of famine and the world’s largest cholera outbreak in recorded history. Unfortunately, the U.S continues to provide maintenance support for Saudi fighter jets which bomb civilians and blockade the country from receiving desperately needed fuel. Over 100 members of Congress who have now written to the administration asking for answers about Yemen that have yet to be provided.
In past years our Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has led War Powers Resolutions to challenge the Trump administration’s continued unconstitutional participation in the war. Now that Biden is president, despite Bernie’s September announcement in Brattleboro of his intent to reintroduce this resolution, Bernie has not yet introduced this. Since Biden took office, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has only gotten worse. As a supporter of the humanitarian advocacy group Action Corps Vermont, I say it’s time for Bernie, as an Independent, to stand up as he has so many times before, and introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution to call the question once and for all on U.S. participation in the devastating war and blockade of the Middle East’s poorest country.
Brattleboro, Oct. 25