The president just made an unthinkable move that one senator says is doing nothing more than “appeasing Iran.”
Breitbart reports that President Joe Biden has removed the Houthi rebels in Yemen from the U.S. government’s official list of terrorist organizations.
According to Breitbart, the jihadist organization has been engaged in a war with Yemen’s government, backed by Saudi Arabia, since 2014.
Civil war in Yemen
The Houthis’ slogan, as reported by Breitbart, probably tells you everything that you need to know about the group: “God Is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, a Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.”
In its war with Saudi Arabia, the Houthis have been backed by Iran. Breitbart explained Saturday that this is “partly because control of Yemen gives Iran a strategic position across the Bab el Mandeb Strait from U.S. forces that are stationed in Djibouti on the Red Sea.”
Before leaving office, then-President Donald Trump designated the Houthis a terrorist organization. But that move has now been reversed.
The Biden administration reportedly announced the change Friday. It comes as part of an effort to revoke America’s support of Saudi Arabia in the ongoing war; the White House claims removing the terrorist designation will allow it to provide humanitarian aid to Yemen.
But as Breitbart notes, one senator has a more realistic take.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) released a statement Saturday condemning the Biden administration for its decision.
“The Houthi rebels are armed and trained by Iran’s overseas terror corps, the IRGC and Hezbollah,” Cotton wrote. “They fire missiles at civilians and American sailors while chanting ‘Death to America.’ And they’ve plunged Yemen into a protracted war that has immiserated the Yemeni people. If that’s not terrorism, I don’t know what is.”
Cotton went on:
President Biden and Secretary of State [Antony] Blinken may foolishly believe that a gesture of goodwill toward the Houthis will lead to peace, but the rebels have ignored the peace process for years while refusing to honor ceasefires. The Biden administration is repeating the deadly errors of the Obama administration by appeasing Iran and refusing to call terrorists by their name.
It seems the Biden presidency is already turning into good news for Iran — and that is bad news for the rest of the world.