U.S. Sends Warships to ‘Counter-Terrorism Success’ of Yemen
Well darn it, it looks like Obama wants to enter into the Muslim World War, and despite teaming up with Iran in Iraq, we’re countering his attempts to resupply the Houthi rebels in Yemen by sending warships to the war-torn area.
The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser into the waters near Yemen, officials said on Monday, heightening the U.S. maritime security presence as concerns mount over Yemen’s escalating conflict.
The U.S. Navy sent the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort cruiser, USS Normandy, from the Gulf into the Arabian Sea on Sunday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, denied reports the ships were on a mission to intercept Iranian arms shipments to Yemen.
The ships will join seven other U.S. warships in the waters near Yemen, which is torn by civil strife as Iranian-backed Houthi rebels battle forces loyal to the U.S.-backed president.
The U.S. Navy said it had increased its presence in the area because of the instability. It said in a statement the purpose was to “ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe.”
The movements come as U.S. officials closely monitor an approaching convoy of seven Iranian ships believed to be headed toward Yemen with unknown cargo aboard.
At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged concerns about arms shipments from Tehran to the Houthis.
“We have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other forms of support to the Houthis in Yemen,” Earnest said.
“That’s the kind of support that will only contribute to greater violence in that country, a country that’s already been racked by too much violence.”
Yeah somehow I don’t think Iran will take this as much of a threat after Obama’s many “redlines” have been crossed over and over without response. But it’s an impressive bluff, I guess.
Now you might think this might portend bad things for the Iran nuke deal, but not if you know how badly Obama wants it for his “legacy.”