Yemen Media

We need to support peace in Yemen, but we cannot call for an abrupt end to the war without the restoration of good governance and government institutions. The Senate’s decision has more to do with congressional oversight over war-making than with Yemen specifically. While all parties have contributed to Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe, the resolution completely ignores Houthi violations on the ground. As a result, I think that the resolution, even if it passes, will do little to end the conflict much less alleviate human suffering in Yemen. The Stockholm agreements are positive but fragile. There is ample reason to be skeptical as the implementation of these agreements is not going to be easy. There is also a disconnect between much of what was agreed upon in Stockholm and what is actually happening on the ground. In spite of direct evidence of Iranian support for the Houthis and Houthi promises to and agreements with Iran, the Iranians continue to deny their ability to influence or control Houthi policy. The US has no leverage over Iranian or Houthi actions in Yemen. Only sustained international pressure can stop Iran from funding the Houthis. The Senate resolution is a real win for the Houthis, who, ironically, view the US as their principle enemy. It is understandable that the US would pay more attention to the actions of Saudi Arabia since the kingdom is an American ally and purchaser of US arms, but it would be very helpful if Washington would pay attention to what Iran and the Houthis are doing as well.