Hassan El-Tayyab summarizes the efforts in congress to end America’s various wars in the Middle East, led mostly by democrats, but also with the support of some liberty-oriented republicans. Democrats have been accused of slashing the military because their proposed NDAA budget is smaller than the republicans’. But the critics leave out the fact that it too would mean an increase from last year, and is almost as large as the republican proposal. Scott theorizes that this multi-pronged campaign in congress may have been partly responsible for the recent announcement that the UAE will be withdrawing most of its soldiers from Yemen, signaling a possible end to the war.
Discussed on the show:
National Defense Authorization Act
“RELEASE: Rep. Khanna and Rep. Gaetz Introduce Bipartisan Amendment to Prohibit Funds from Being Used with a War Against Iran” (Congressman Ro Khanna)
“Congresswoman Barbara Lee Passes Defense Amendment That Would Repeal 2001 Endless War Authorization” (Congresswoman Barbara Lee)
“UAE Not Withdrawing From Yemen, FM Reiterates” (News From Antiwar.com)
Hassan El-Tayyab is a musician and peace activist based in Chicago. Find his work at justforeignpolicy.org.
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