Funny thing happened after my live analysis on KQV News Radio on Monday. We talked about the war in Yemen, and the fact that even a massacre of 140 people after the funeral of the father of a Cabinet minister doesn’t get coverage, despite the fact that the Yemen civil war is a dangerous proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran and has left millions of civilians in desperate need of food and aid.
Within hours, the news agency I used to work for picked up the story, and since then, Yemen has been in the news. I know they’re listening to me (don’t ask me how I know), and of course, three missiles were fired from Yemen at American warships, and the US retaliated. That’s what I talked about a few minutes on KQV with host P.J. Maloney.
So if I helped get this story into the news, even a little bit, I’m pleased.
I’m not at all pleased that once again, the US is treating this as a military problem. The Yemen crisis must be solved diplomatically, and with its new agreement with Iran, the US has the ability to engage Iran and veteran American ally Saudi Arabia in talks to get this settled before it gets totally out of hand.
Instead, there’s a lot of braying on social media and elsewhere about how the Iran deal is bad, bad, bad, and the Iranians are acting like…well, fill in the blank. As I wrote here and in other places, we cannot expect Iran to change its behavior overnight, but we can expect the US and the West to adopt a mature policy and help nudge Iran in the right direction. If the deal fails, all of us lose, including the critics who seem so eager to be proven “right.”