US Troops Head to Saudi to Defend It From Houthi Retribution for Its Yemen Crimes

And/or from the costs of Trump's "maximum pressure" war on Persia

The latest US military buildup into the Middle East was announced today, fresh off the Trump Administration’s briefing on “options” for responding to Iran. The Pentagon is announcing they will be deploying more US forces in the area around Saudi oil facilities.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Trump has approved the deployment already, and that it will be focused primarily on air and missile defense systems, at the request of Saudi Arabia.

This has been a major concern for Saudi Arabia. Even though they have the third most expensive military in the world, behind only the US and China, their defensive systems have proven unable to fend off drones and many missiles fired from neighboring Yemen.

The expectation is that the US will be sending more air defense batteries to the area to try to fend off future attacks. Whether or not that’s actually going to work is a huge if, however, since the US has been selling the Saudis their top-of-the-line gear in the first place. It didn’t work for the Saudis, so the question is if adding more of it will make it any more successful.

The US has been investing substantially in trying to improve anti-drone capabilities in recent years, finding that their existing anti-aircraft arsenal is neither cost effective nor super capable against the much smaller, cheaper drones coming into fashion.

Saudi and US officials continue to try to blame the Saudi attack from last weekend on Iran, and are presenting the US deployments as being an attempt to counter Iranian capabilities.

In reality, Iran has denied involvement, and Yemen’s Houthis have been very public about the fact that they launched the attack as retaliation for Saudi airstrikes. President Trump has suggested he wants to avoid a war with Iran, but as the US continues to blame them, the hawks are trying to use it as a pretext to start such a war.


  1. ArcAngel says

    I read… and can only laugh my a$$ off.
    The brain-dead “West” is so vile and idiotic it has become truly comical.
    The House of Saud and the US Govt have to be two of the most demonic entities currently operating on the planet.
    A bunch of Keystone Cops.

  2. Mary E says

    Does US and/or the UAE really believe that they are going to ‘defend’ those oil refineries in any successful way?! Doubtful, but they do talk the big brave talk we have to admit. And how interesting that the US has put the UAE in the position of being on the defensive! They should have had those oil refineries protected since they were in a war with their neighbors…how totally useless the US military has been – and they are getting paid such a huge price: the UAE continuing to use the $USD! That was the bargain decades ago: US will protect you from harm and you will use our money … talk about
    a protection racket! There is one for the books….and the US can’t even rise to the occasion…

  3. thomas malthaus says

    Fine, informative piece by Pepe Escobar about the Houthi rebels.

  4. Mikhail Garchenko says

    …it didn´t work, stupid “gringos”, LOL..!
    The best thing that these suadi cockroaches could do is “BUY RUSSIAN”..! 😛

  5. jm74 says

    There is always a way around the defence like having resistance fighter on the ground placed in strategic positions.

    1. Séamus Ó Néill says

      ……Or you could simply stop invading sovereign countries, mend your thieving ways and stay to feck at home !

  6. John C Carleton says

    My Cousin George Washington, is very very upset at the subservient dung heap the zionist Khazarains and their blackmailed and bribed yankee child gang raping puritan scum have made of the American souls Land!

    He has asked me to write up a petition to have the Washington name removed from use in Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac.

    1. Mary E says

      Brilliant idea George has!

      1. John C Carleton says

        I. am going to write it up and see how many signatures it can get.

  7. JustPassingThrough says

    “The Pentagon is announcing they will be deploying more US forces in the area around Saudi oil facilities.”

    more dead meat for the sow-dees. they can’t protect their own facilities get the murikan grunts to do it.

    MEGA MAGA morons

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