The corporate media is attempting to push the narrative that the Gulf Emirate attack against Shia Houthi militias in Yemen is about restoring the “the legitimate government of Yemen,” as Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, said Wednesday.
The ambassador’s remarks serve as a thinly veiled cover for the real objective for the attack on Yemen — taking control of one of seven strategic world oil shipping chokepoints. The removal of sitting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from power by the Houthi militias threatened this control. It also potentially increases Iranian influence in Yemen and the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Bab el-Mandab where more than 10 percent of the world’s seaborne petroleum passes.
F. William Engdahl explains:
An excuse for a US or NATO militarization of the waters around Bab el-Mandab would give Washington another major link in its pursuit of control of the seven most critical oil chokepoints around the world, a major part of any future US strategy aimed at denying oil flows to China, the EU or any region or country that opposes US policy.
On Thursday the United States confirmed it is supporting Saudi military operations underway in Yemen.
National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said:
In support of [Gulf Cooperation Council] actions to defend against Houthi violence, President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to GCC-led military operations. While U.S. forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support.
In other words the US launched a proxy war to regain control of Yemen.