The Yemen war… How did the Houthi attacks change their course and Biden’s statements about them?
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Muhammad Al-Sharqawi, a professor of international conflicts at George Mason University, said that the White House has retreated from its regional option, after President Joe Biden had put ending the Yemen war among the priorities of its strategy.
But he indicated – in his speech to the “Beyond the News” program (20/1/2022) – that when the group turns into a force that the White House implicitly sees as a rogue, it reclassifies it in the same list again, noting that hitting civilian targets inside Abu Dhabi Make it related to the security, terrorist and non-strategic aspect.
He also added that the power of the Houthis cannot be separated from the external and regional support it receives, and after Biden believed that it would be easy to settle the crisis by ending the American support for the Saudi-Emirati alliance, he has now reached the conviction that all the White House can do is manage the conflict by pressing the the two sides together.
For his part, Abdullah Al-Shayji, a professor of political science at Kuwait University, said that Biden is preoccupied with his country’s internal situation and the split within his party, as well as the Ukraine crisis with Russia, and therefore the Arab Gulf region does not come among his priorities, considering that there is no clear American strategic plan in the Middle East.
He considered that the countries of the region see that the American role in the region is declining, but Washington has not withdrawn completely, and therefore there is no confidence that America will play a decisive role in helping to solve the Yemen crisis.
He also indicated that Biden wants to reach an agreement with Iran because it is closer to possessing nuclear capabilities that qualify it to detonate the first nuclear bomb, and therefore the American side is working to condemn the escalation of Al-Houthi, who knows that it is a strong arm of Iran, and at the same time issued statements reassuring the Gulf side to separate the two negotiating sides. and security.
It is noteworthy that Biden said that ending the war in Yemen is very difficult and requires the participation of both sides. This position came in response to an Emirati request calling on the White House to include the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) on the list of terrorism, after attacks targeting sites deep in the UAE, which submitted a request to an Israeli defense systems company to strengthen its defenses, according to the latter.