Originally posted on October 30, 2017
On Friday, Global Ministries, along with 64 other organizations, sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives to express their support for House Concurrent Resolution 81. The Resolution directs the President of the United States to end US military involvement in Yemen’s civil war, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution.
Currently, the United States provides logistical, technical, and advisory military support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen without authorization from Congress. The coalition has perpetrated war crimes, targeted civilians repeatedly using US-sold weapons, and created the conditions necessary for Yemen to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Ending the United States military role in the conflict is essential to ending the notion that the coalition can win this war in the battlefield and push for peace.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ have adopted policies on US policy in the Middle East, and continued military engagement is inconsistent with the churches' policies.
Update (Oct. 1, 2018): House members Introduce War Powers Resolution to End U.S. Military in Involvement in Yemen. A background article in the New York Review of Books can be found here. A Friends Committee on National Legislation action alert can be found here.