Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Saudi Strikes Killed Yemen Peace Deal

Peter B. Collins Presents Journalist Joe Lauria

Adding important context and dimensions to the war in Yemen, Joe Lauria reports that a UN-led effort was very close to completing a cease-fire agreement and power sharing deal in Yemen that sould’ve included the recently-deposed president, Hadi. But when Saudi Arabia started its aggressive bombing raids at the end of March, it killed the deal. Lauria’s sources indicate that the Saudis would not permit a secular, democratic government that included women in the leadership to emerge on their border; he also thinks the Saudis were sending the US a message of disapproval of the Iran talks and Obama’s bluff about Syria in 2013. He offers many interesting insights, like Egypt’s reluctance to send ground troops because Egypt lost thousands of soldiers in its Vietnam-style quagmire in Yemen in the 1970’s. And he agrees with Gareth Porter’s recent report that the Houthi rebels are not getting guns and ammo from Iran, despite the inferences in American media.

*Joe Lauria is an independent reporter who publishes in the Wall Street Journal and other outlets. His recent story on Yemen is here

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  1. CuChulainn says:

    can it be that Graham’s noise re. 911 was an incentive for this?
    http://rt.com/news/254105-saudi-arabia-reshuffle-usa/

  2. I don’t get it.

    Saudi intelligence under Kamal Adham and Prince Turki is part of the Safari club. Successor Bandar is close with the Bushes and permits himself to threaten Putin. Conclusion: Saudi intelligence knows how the world works, they’re not naive.

    By ostensibly participating in the lining up of the hijacker characters, they knew they were exposing themselves to the blackmail they’re currently seemingly being subjected to. What was the incentive that would have made up for that risk?

    Dit somebody promise them total dominion over Sunnis and Shiites or something?

    • Saudis would NEVER be allowed to put turkey under their dominion, it is the reverse and always will be, hence Erdogan’s pseudo-Ottoman aspirations, Assad in his no bullshit interviews said so, he said the guy is going senile as they used to be good friends. Oh the misery of the rich and powerful…

  3. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government is also bombing its enemies in Iraq. America, France, Britain, Denmark, Holland, Australia and – believe it or not – Canada are bombing Isis in Syria and Isis in Iraq, partly on behalf of the Iraqi government (for which read Shia militias) but absolutely not on behalf of the Syrian government….
    Hmmmm..!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-who-is-bombing-whom-in-the-middle-east-10222938.html
    Kind Regards
    jens.

  4. Gotta love another British vestige of power (Saudis were given control of what was know as Hejd in the Ottoman Empire) as they left the area to take care of their protectorates. I cannot emphasize how much I hate the British still existing Inbred Lords and Nobility who are responsible for about 80% of conflicts still to this day, in a rather quick estimate.

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