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On Trump Administration’s Action in Yemen

 

 

WASHINGTONJuly 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Ralph Nader today sent a letter to President Trump criticizing the administration’s actions in Yemen. Text of the letter follows:

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

It has become overwhelmingly clear that your Administration has supported with arms sales, refueling, daily operational logistics and other ways and means the governmental actors opposing the rebels in the Yemeni Civil war.

The bombing raids and blockades combine to produce what international relief organizations are calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. With an estimated 8 million people on the brink of starvation, with the largest cholera epidemic in the world, Yemen is suffering daily deliberate war crimes affecting civilians, children, homes, schools, hospitals, drinking water installations, food supplies, and other critical infrastructures. These war crimes violate our Constitution, federal statutes, and international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions.

As President, you know full well what is going on and yet you keep getting our country deeper into this deadly quagmire. By any standard of international law, you are a knowing aider and abettor of these war crimes at a level of complicity that approximates being a backroom partner in the broad range of military operations against millions of innocent Yemeni families.

Have you no compassion? Have you no desire to put a stop to this war on civilians, a deliberate war to destroy the life-sustaining goods and services that keep millions of Yemenis alive. Just this week, your allies blew up a new Doctors Without Borders clinic that was about to open. Some of the doctors are Americans. Have you no decency left even to protect American relief workers who display immense courage and love for their fellow human beings? In its July 2018 three part on the ground series about the War in Yemen, the PBS News Hour showed unexploded bombs with the label, “Made in Garland, Texas,” as just one concrete indication of U.S. involvement.

What are the specific legal authorizations? Has Congress appropriated funds for and authorized military intervention in Yemen? Did you not swear to uphold the Constitution when you took office after being selected by the Electoral College in 2016?

History will judge you harshly for not even seeking to be a serious peacemaker, using the major levers you have in this conflict.

What is your response to the American people?

Sincerely, 

Ralph Nader

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Nader: The Bernie Betrayal

Posted: September 12, 2016 in -
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Ralph Nader / Abby Martin

Posted: December 20, 2015 in -
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Ralph Nader sizes up The Donald.

Trump for President?

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Half infuriating and half welcome this talking head documentary humors a lot of the perpetrators as they seek to atone for their sins.  While it features people like Kucinich, Al Sharpton and Ralph Nader talking about the rigged two-party crime syndicate, it also includes far too much weaseling and apologetics from people like Dan Rather, Jack Abramhoff and even lower rung specimens.

Dan Rather’s crocodile tears for the dead republic seem at odds with his actions, when it actually mattered:

“George Bush is the President, he makes the decisions and you know, as just one American wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where.” 9-17-2001

After a decades long career of pushing American exceptionalism and empire, we hear nothing about the personal damage these creatures have inflicted on the world.  Like their politico buddies, it’s always the system, never the individuals.  Other insiders tell us how Obama and Romney are “good” people.  Of course they are.  How could they not be?  No other narrative is permitted.  If we could only talk civilly then the rape and plunder of the world would magically disappear.  The real problem is negativity or polarization.  Yeah sure.  Would someone cut these idiots?

Nader and Kucinich get in some good points on the blatant corruption.  Neither calls for arrests.  No criminal cases are made.  No finger pointing accuses the monsters directly.

Would that the film would have focused on those who weren’t a part of the problem, and were part of the solution instead, but we have a very mixed bag here.  At least there’s a possibility that third parties can benefit from this exposure, although the systemic, criminal rigging of the system against them seems insurmountable.  Of course polite political commentators never accuse anyone of a crime.  That’s simply not done.  It’s a criminal system, but there are no criminals.  There’s no one to arrest; it’s all lost in abstractions.  Nothing new there.

From Hollywood Reporter we learn that the filmmakers are Republicans, and this accounts for the prominent inclusion of such people as the former head of the RNC.  All in all a nauseating time for all.