Yemen: USS Maddox, Er, USS Mason -- Did Yemenis Really Fire Missiles at the US Navy? Plus Diego Garcia Rumors

Yemen: USS Maddox, Er, USS Mason -- Did Yemenis Really Fire Missiles at the US Navy? Plus Diego Garcia Rumors

While President Barack Hussein Obama convened a 'war cabinet' to discuss the fading prospect of the lame duck Commander in Chief ordering strikes against Russian-defended Assad government troops on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden (father to the 'ex' cocaine addict Burisma Holdings in Ukraine executive Hunter Biden) and the CIA declared a cyberwar against Russia in the press. The U.S. Department of Defense meanwhile, launched Tomahawk cruise missiles with Obama's authorization at alleged Yemeni radar sites that were used in missile attacks against a UAE military transport and the guided missile destroyer, the USS Mason.

The only problem with the stated rationale for now direct U.S. intervention in Yemen? The Saleh loyalist Yemenis and the Houthis insist the attempted missile strikes on the USS Mason never happened, and the Americans made the incident up to justify intervening on behalf of their failing Saudi allies. Was the incident in which the Navy says at least two anti-ship missiles fell into the sea real, or was it a false flag/faked attack like the infamous 'North Vietnamese gun boat assaults on the USS Maddox' that led to 1964's Gulf of Tonkin resolution?

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Houthis Advancing on Najran, Saudi Arabia; U.S. Sending More Abrams Tanks to Replace Armor Destroyed by Yemenis

Houthis Advancing on Najran, Saudi Arabia; U.S. Sending More Abrams Tanks to Replace Armor Destroyed by Yemenis

Defense One is a publication which is about as Establishment friendly as it gets in Washington. Relying as it does on advertisers from what the late President Dwight Eisenhower referred to as "the military industrial complex" it's rare to see this magazine publish anything that would rock the boat too much or force a reevaluation of business as usual at the Pentagon. One exception has been its admission published several months ago that Russian electronic warfare now has the U.S. military's capabilities outclassed (even if one doesn't accept Russia's version of what happened to the USS Donald Cook or the existence of what the Russia Analyst calls Moscow's 'battlefield off switch'). 

Another small nugget revealing much about what isn't discussed in polite D.C. foreign policy wonk company was published on August 9, under the surprisingly frank headline "Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by U.S. Tank Deal"

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After Turkey's Failed Putsch, Is Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed the Next in Line to Get Coup'd Over the Disastrous War in Yemen?

After Turkey's Failed Putsch, Is Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed the Next in Line to Get Coup'd Over the Disastrous War in Yemen?

Even if we set aside Washington's ongoing pants-ing at the hands of the despotic neo-Ottoman Sultan who accuses the Americans of being behind Friday's coup, or ignore the fact that D.C.'s 'moderate rebel' proxies are being crushed in east Aleppo, there's another turd in the Mideast hummus bowl as the Guerrilla Economist would say: Yemen. Namely, Saudi Arabia's losing war against Saleh loyalist and Houthi tribesmen that has gone beyond a mere debacle to become a potentially existential threat to the continued reign if not survival of certain haughty princes, led by the 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

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Battle for Syraq SITREP 1: SAA Advancing to Taqba, Russian Reports of Turkish Advisers Leading Aleppo Jihadists

Battle for Syraq SITREP 1: SAA Advancing to Taqba, Russian Reports of Turkish Advisers Leading Aleppo Jihadists

The following is the Russia Analyst's first attempt at producing a shorter, more easily read SITREP about the fast-developing military situation in Syria and Iraq. As we announced earlier this week, we also plan to introduce SITREPs on the upcoming Brexit vote, the ongoing immivasion/destabilization of the European Union, the build-up of NATO forces near Russia's borders, and the escalation of hostilities along the contact line between the Ukrainian Army and the breakaway Donbass republics.

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More Bad News for the (Out)House of Saud: Peace Talks Break Off With Houthis

More Bad News for the (Out)House of Saud: Peace Talks Break Off With Houthis

If the nearly fifteen year old skeletons of 9/11 were the only thing the Saudis had to worry about, that would be one thing. But as V the Guerrilla Economist reported in one of two short podcasts this week, the Saudis are now paying construction firms including the extended bin Ladin clan of supposed 9/11 plotter Osama bin Laden in IOUs. The liquidity crisis in terms of rising Saudi bond yields and higher costs to defend the riyal that many suspected would arrive in 2017 is already here, and the recent modest rebound in oil prices to about $50 a barrel from their late 2015 lows isn't helping much, primarily because Saudi cash burn remains so high...

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