“The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran.”
“In the first of a series of 3 back-to-back votes, Republicans joined Democrats to register their growing anger with the administration’s use of emergency power to cut lawmakers out of national security decisions, as well as the White House’s unflagging support for the Saudis despite congressional pressure to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing last October of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
Update: As per 6/20/2019 BBC report:
First direct incident of crisis
“This is the first direct incident of the current crisis involving the US and Iranian militaries and is a powerful reminder of the dangers of escalation in the Gulf.”
“As far as the Iranians are concerned, the downing of the drone was intended to send a clear and explicit message to the Americans – “our borders are our red line” – a point underscored by the IRGC’s commander-in-chief.”
“So there is no doubting who shot down the US drone, an MQ-4C Triton. It is a massive aircraft with a wing-span equivalent to a small airliner. But the two sides differ as to where it happened. The Iranians say it was in their airspace; the Americans say that it was not.”
“According to some reports, US President Donald Trump himself is eager to dial down the tension, fearing a spillover into outright conflict. But this is just the kind of incident that could provoke just such a cycle of action and response.”
See Intercept report: UN Concludes That Saudi Arabia Needs to Be Held Accountable …
“The administration has cited a heightened threat from Iran as its justification for invoking the emergency sales.”
See: Why Is President Trump Selling Arms To Saudi Arabia With Its Horrid Human Rights Record?
See: How Did US Allow Sale Of Nuclear Material To Saudi Arabia Without Doing Its Due Diligence?
See: President Trump Has been Playing Footsies With Both Saudi Arabia And UAE
On June 20, 2019, Lizzie Dearden of the Independent penned the following report, “UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, Court of Appeal rules”
“The UK’s continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen’s brutal war are unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”
“Campaigners won the latest stage of their legal battle against the government over the conflict, where Saudi forces are accused of committing war crimes.”
“The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) argued that UK fighter jets and bombs are being used to kill civilians and violate international law.”
“He said the government “must reconsider the matter” and estimate any future risks in light of their conclusions about the past.”
“The High Court previously ruled in the government’s favour, finding that it was “rationally entitled to conclude … that the [Saudi-led] coalition were not deliberately targeting civilians” and was investigating reported incidents.”
“CAAT challenged the 2017 ruling and took fresh evidence from the Yemen conflict to the Court of Appeal.”
“On (6/20/2019), Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Singh concluded that it was “irrational and therefore unlawful” for the international trade secretary to have licenced the weapons exports without assessing whether past incidents amounted to breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) and if there was a “clear risk” of future breaches.”
“The question whether there was an historic pattern of breaches of IHL … was a question which required to be faced,” the ruling said.”
“Judges said the government “made no concluded assessments of whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of international humanitarian law in the past, during the Yemen conflict, and made no attempt to do so”.
“Sir Terence added: “The decision of the court today doesn’t mean that licences to export arms to Saudi Arabia must immediately be suspended.”
“A lawyer from Leigh Day, which represented CAAT, said the horrors in Yemen “can no longer be ignored by the UK government”.
“Lawyer Rosa Curling said: “The government will now have to reconsider whether to suspend existing export licenses and reconsider its decision to continue to grant licences. Our client hopes the government will reconsider quickly and will decide that no further licences should be granted.”
“Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade, said: “We welcome this verdict, but it should never have taken a court case brought by campaigners to force the government to follow its own rules.The Saudi Arabian regime is one of the most brutal and repressive in the world, yet, for decades, it has been the largest buyer of UK-made arms.”
“No matter what atrocities it has inflicted, the Saudi regime has been able to count on the military support of the UK.”
Money in it somewhere as always especially the trump organized crime gang
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I can smell Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel wanting US to go to war against Iran on their behalf, and yes, it’s not comforting to know that President Trump’s loyalties are for sale.
The one fly in the ointment is that Russia would not back US going to war with Iran.
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Hello Gronda. Money is the one goal of tRump. Everything tRump does has some money advantage for him, or he thinks it does. So as the old saying goes, follow the money. Somehow these arms sales put money in tRump’s pocket. Now we hear that Jared Kushner got 90 million dollars from Saudi Arabia to keep his failing family business afloat. Are the two linked? Hugs
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Of course the two are connected. The reason I’m so in favor of the House commencing the -I-inquiry, is that it makes it so much easier for the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal to obtain President Trump’s tax records and other financial data. The White House has been blocking this with the legal argument that Rep. Neal request has nothing to do with creating new legislation but with Democrats attempt to embarrass the president. The House is supposed to be the body that creates legislation and its oversight duties are supposed to inform House members so that they can be knowledgeable when they craft bills.
The US Constitutions granted the US House, one non-legislative power, that of initiating an impeachment inquiry which would place Rep Neal in a much better position with the courts to collect his IRS tax returns and to order his NY State tax returns. He’ll still have to deal with the courts, but successful outcomes would be almost automatic.
I’ve been convinced for a long time that president’s financial records are to President Trump, what the tapes were to President Nixon in 1974.
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Hello Gronda. I have been watching clips of different house hearings. The Republicans are embolden again and openly challenging the Democratic chairman and issuing demands. Jim Jordan simply talked over the chairman and they are getting away with it. This is killing the Democrats. We have to show some spine, show some strength. Each set back is another set of lost votes. Hugs
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