Former Senior Obama Administration Officials Call for Halt to All U.S. Support for the War in Yemen

WASHINGTON, DC — More than two dozen senior Obama administration officials in a statement issued today called on the Trump administration to cease all support for the conflict in Yemen, now home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The officials explained their prior approach to the conflict and noted that the Trump administration has turned what was once conditional support for the Saudi-led coalition into a blank check for those now waging this brutal war.

The former officials wrote: “The war in Yemen is a full-blown crisis. We unsuccessfully tried conditional support to the coalition. This administration has demonstrated the folly of unconditional support. Now, we must cease support altogether.”

Rather than continue to perpetuate the war, the signers argued that the United States should throw its weight squarely behind a diplomatic solution and lead the way both in calling for humanitarian access and providing such assistance. “[T]he time has come for us to end our support for and involvement in this brutal conflict, and to throw our efforts squarely behind a diplomatic solution, including through the work of Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and the UN-led peace process,” they wrote.

You can read the full letter below:

Ned Price