President Biden has reversed Trump’s designation of the Yemeni Houthis as terrorists.
This is significant in a number of ways:
- It facilitates humanitarian aid in the war-ravaged nation.
- It simplifies any US role in negotiations regarding a permanent resolution of the conflict.
- It is a rebuke to the House of Saud.
It’s pretty clear that Biden is less favorably inclined toward Riyadh than either Trump of Obama. (It should be noted that Obama’s go to on intelligence while in office was John Brennan, who was for his entire career a fanatical supporter of the Saudi royal family)
To the degree that the US can disentangle its foreign policy from slavish devotion to the House of Saud, this is a good thing.
And at the same time, a step forward towards genocide in Venezuela.