Pompeo: Revoking Houthi terror designation is ‘gift to the Iranians,’ Houthis will ‘continue to foment terror’

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons as they attend a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen seized Thursday control of a major airport and sea port and oil terminal in southern Yemen, consolidating their hold of the country's largest province amid wider chaos that is pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the country's exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Source: Jihad Watch, By Robert Spencer, February 14, 2021

This decision puts the U.S. firmly back in the Iranian camp, as it was during the Obama administration. There are no good options in the region. One can support the Saudis or one can support the Iranians. The Saudis have spread Wahhabism around the world, including in the U.S. The Iranians are screaming “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” and working to make those wishes into reality. The Trump administration calculated that aiding the Sunnis and Israel against Iran was better for American interests. Biden’s handlers, in contrast, are determined to appease Iran. The outcome of the Trump decision was an unprecedented outbreak of peace. Biden’s handlers’ decision is unlikely to have as happy an outcome.

“State Department revokes Houthis’ terror designation despite attack on Saudi airport,” by Caitlin McFall, Fox News, February 12, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced he is removing Yemen’s Houthi rebels from the U.S.’s list of foreign terrorist organizations next week, despite a recent attack on Saudi Arabia.

The Iran-aligned rebel group hit a Saudi airport with a drone strike in retaliation for the country’s involvement in Yemen’s six-year civil war, which has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia backed the Yemen government in 2015, propagating a proxy war between the Arab nation and Iran….

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the U.S. decision to revoke the terrorist designation, calling it “a gift to the Iranians,” and said it “will allow the Houthis to continue to foment terror around the world.”

But while Blinken promised to continue to support U.S. allies in the Gulf, Biden has said he would be ending all military aid for Saudi Arabia.

“This war has to end, and to underscore our commitment we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales,” Biden said in an address from the State Department in early February.

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