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Title: Pepe Escobar: Yemen Ready to Stare Down a New Imperial Coalition
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URL Source: https://sputnikglobe.com/20231220/p ... rial-coalition-1115695024.html
Published: Dec 21, 2023
Author: Pepe Escobar
Post Date: 2023-12-21 08:28:56 by Horse
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Comments: 2

No one ever lost money betting on the ability of the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder to construct a “coalition of the willing” whenever faced with a geopolitical quandary.

In every case, duly covered by the reigning “rules-based international order”, “willing” applies to vassals seduced by carrots or sticks to follow to the letter the Empire’s whims.

Cue to the latest chapter: Coalition Genocide Prosperity, whose official – heroic – denomination, a trademark of the Pentagon’s P.R. wizards, is “Operation Prosperity Guardian”, allegedly engaged in “ensuring freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.”

Translation: this is Washington all but declaring war on Yemen’s Ansarullah. An extra US destroyer has already been dispatched to the Red Sea.

Ansarullah sticks to its guns and is by no means intimidated. The Houthi military have already stressed that any attack on Yemeni assets or Ansarullah missile launch sites would color the entire Red Sea literally Red.

The Houthi military not only reaffirmed it has “weapons to sink your aircraft carriers and destroyers” but made a stunning call to both Sunnis and Shi’ites in Bahrain to revolt and overthrow their King, Hamad al-Khalifa.

As of Monday, even before the start of the operation, the Eisenhower aircraft carrier was around 280 km off the closest Ansarullah controlled latitudes. Houthis have Zoheir and Khalij-e-Fars anti-ship ballistic missiles with a range of 300 to 500 km. Ansarullah Supreme Political Council member Muhammad al-Bukhaiti felt compelled to re-stress the obvious: “Even if America succeeds in mobilizing the entire world, our operations in the Red Sea will not stop unless the massacre in Gaza stops. We will not give up the responsibility of defending the Moustazafeen (oppressed ones) of the Earth.”

The world better get ready: “Aircraft carrier sunk” may become the new 9/11.

Shipping in the Red Sea Remains Open

Weapons peddler Lloyd “Raytheon” Austin, in his current revolving door position as head of the Pentagon, is visiting West Asia – mostly Israel, Qatar and Bahrain - to promote this new “international initiative” for patrolling the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb strait (which links the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea) and the Gulf of Aden.

As al-Bukhaiti remarked, Ansarullah’s strategy is to target any ship navigating the Red Sea linked to Israeli companies or supplying Israel – something that for the Yemenis demonstrates their complicity with the Gaza genocide. That will only stop when the genocide stops.

Red Sea logistics face crisis

◾️The security situation in the Red Sea has become tough after the Houthis started attacking Israel in response to its actions in Gaza.

◾️About 12% of global trade passes through the Red Sea, including 30% of global container traffic and $1 trillion worth of goods each year.

Main geographical flashpoints

◾️29km (18 miles) wide at its narrowest point, the Bab el-Mandeb Straight is a vital route for international trade –10% of the world’s seaborne crude flows through it – meaning any disruptions become a global problem.

◾️Due to security problems in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait Red Sea logistics face crisis

◾️The security situation in the Red Sea has become tough after the Houthis started attacking Israel in response to its actions in Gaza.

◾️About 12% of global trade passes through the Red Sea, including 30% of global container traffic and $1 trillion worth of goods each year.

Main geographical flashpoints

With a single move - a de facto maritime blockade – Ansarullah proved that the King is Naked: Yemen has done more in practice to defend the Palestinian cause than most of the key regional players put together. Incidentally, they were all ordered by Netanyahu in public to shut up. And they did. It’s quite instructive to once again follow the money. Israel has been hit very hard. The port of Eilat is virtually closed, and its income fell by 80%. For instance, Taiwanese shipping giant Yang-Ming Marine Transport Corporation originally planned to re-route its Israel-bound cargo to the port of Ashdod. Then it cut off any shipments to any Israeli destination. It’s no wonder Yoram Sebba, President of the Israel Chamber of Shipping, revealed himself to be puzzled by Ansarullah’s “complex” tactics and “unrevealed” criteria that have imposed “total uncertainty”. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have also been caught in the Yemeni net. It's crucial to keep in perspective that Ansarullah only blocks ships that are going to Israel. The bulk of maritime shipping in the Red Sea remains wide open. So shipping giant Maersk’s decision not to use the Red Sea, alongside other global shipping behemoths, may be pushing the envelope too fast – as in nearly begging for a US-led patrol to be in effect. Enter CTF 153 So far, on one side we have Yemen virtually ruling the Red Sea. On the other side, we find UAE-Saudi-Jordan tandem, in the form of an – alternative - cargo land corridor set up from the port of Jebel Ali in the Persian Gulf across Saudi Arabia to Jordan and then Israel. The corridor uses logistical tech from Trucknet: that’s truck-based overland connectivity in practice, reducing transport time from 14 days via the Red Sea to a maximum of 4 days on the road, 300 trucks a day, everyday. Jordan of course is in, operating the trans-shipment from the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The overarching framework for all this is the

One Israel plan, enthusiastically promoted by Netanyahu, whose key aim is a link with the Arabian peninsula and most of all the NEOM tech metropolis to be built theoretically up to 2039 in the northwestern Tabuk province in Saudi Arabia, north of the Red Sea, east of Egypt across the Gulf of Aqaba, and south of Jordan.

NEOM is MbS’s project to modernize the country, which is incidentally bound to feature Israel-operated AI cities.

This is what Riyadh is really betting on, much more than developing closer relations with Iran under the framework of BRICS+. Or to care about the future of Palestine.

On the planned naval blockade of Yemen though, the Saudis were way more circumspect. Even as Tel Aviv directly asked the White House to do something, anything, Riyadh “advised” Washington to exercise some restraint.

◾️29km (18 miles) wide at its narrowest point, the Bab el-Mandeb Straight is a vital route for international trade –10% of the world’s seaborne crude flows through it – meaning any disruptions become a global problem.

◾️Due to security problems in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait

US Escalation in the Red Sea: A Lose/Lose Proposition

“If the US attacks Yemen, the Houthis will respond, and they do have the capability to sink US Navy ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. And once that happens, the Red Sea becomes an active war zone, and then, all bets are off, along with all shipping in the Red Sea, and 12% of all global trade. Think about it…

The economies of the EU nations are already in serious decline. The US national debt stands at over $33 TRILLION, and the era of the US dollar's reserve currency status in global trade is closing fast. A 12% overnight decline in global trade would almost certainly lead these economies into economic depression equivalent to the Great Depression of almost 100 years ago. Economic war and military war are two sides of the same coin. The Houthis have a major economic advantage based on their geography to influence and even threaten global economic activity, and have proven their ability and willingness to use it. And it is by no means certain that the Western armada assembled along the Yemeni coast can even defeat the Houthis militarily without unacceptable and unsustainable losses.

The range of their missiles allows the Houthis to cover not only the southern third of the Red Sea, but all of the Gulf of Aden and much of the Arabian Sea as well. With the exception of the USS Indianapolis and the USCG ships in the Gulf of Oman, all of the US/UK naval ships near Yemen are already within range of Houthi missiles.”

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#1. To: Horse (#0)

And if Yemen does, for whatever reason, regardless of it being right or wrong, does strike US ships, what will the USA do about it? The only option is punitive bombing which they are already well accustomed to. Invading Yemen of all places is simply off the table. It's too expensive to do and there'd hardly be political will in the USA to send troops to fight and die in a country that has a reputation of being a poverty stricken rock desert.

Pinguinite  posted on  2023-12-21   10:18:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Pinguinite (#1)

Despite its $1.519 trillion military budget, the US has no money to pay for this war. I guess we could run a $5 trillion budget deficit. What could go wrong?

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Horse  posted on  2023-12-21   13:16:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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