US Republicans warned Thursday that Saudi-led air-strikes in Yemen, apparently conducted without US coordination, show Arab allies have lost trust in the Obama administration as it navigates delicate nuclear talks with Iran.
As warplanes from Saudi Arabia and other allies pounded Huthi Shiite rebel positions for a second straight day, hawkish US lawmakers expressed alarm at the “proxy war” unfolding in the Middle East, and pinned part of the blame on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
The Saudi-led intervention without notifying Washington ahead of time “signals a reality that the countries in the region no longer have confidence or are willing to work with the United States of America,” Senator John McCain told reporters.
He said he heard “repeatedly from leaders in the region that they believe that we are forming some kind of Faustian bargain with the Iranians, which would then lead to the great danger to those countries.”
Washington and other world powers are in the midst of intense negotiations with Tehran over limiting its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of Western economic sanctions.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who has signalled he may run for president in 2016, accused Obama of softening America’s power in the Middle East — for example by refusing to engage more directly in Syria’s civil war — in order to not disrupt the delicate nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Such action has “led to the rise of (Islamic State group) ISIL, to their flourishing, and now it’s leading to a full-scale sectarian war” which could spill over into Syria, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon and Jordan, Graham said.
US engagement has served for decades as a moderating influence in the region, Graham noted.
But “the fact that the Arab coalition no longer trusts us, or feels they need to inform us as what they’re about to do, is chilling,” he said.
General Lloyd Austin, head of US Central Command, told a Senate hearing that he had little advance notice of the Saudi air strikes launched on Wednesday.
Austin said he was informed by Saudi Arabia about the operation only “shortly before they took action.”
Bishop who criticized Trump gets blocked from accessing her church — thanks to new White House border wall
Bishop Mariann Budde, who earlier this week criticized President Donald Trump for using the St. John's Church as a photo-op location without asking permission, was unable to access her church this week to hold a planned vigil.
Mother Jones reports that Budde had wanted to use the church to hold a vigil in solidarity with protesters on Wednesday, but was prevented from doing so thanks to the new wall being constructed around the perimeter of the White House complex that includes St. John's Church.
Lindsey Graham says Obama officials are ‘good candidates for jail’ as he wraps up GOP conspiracy hearing
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held the Judiciary Committee hearing on the latest Republican conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama illegally used the FISA court to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump.
During his testimony Wednesday, Graham got Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to admit that in Aug. 2017 "there was no there there" about Russian collusion.
"I believe at the time, senator, and I still believe it was the right decision under the circumstances," Rosenstein said. "I think it's important to establish that an independent investigation found that the Russians sought to interfere in the election and that no Americans conspired with them."
WATCH: White man head-butts and spits on black man for honking horn — then calls cops on him
A black Texas man was viciously attacked in a racially motivated road rage incident.
DeVonta Brown stopped to buy coffee at a McDonald's drive-through in McKinney on his way to work Monday when the driver of a truck drove the wrong way to cut him off, and Brown said he screamed racial slurs at him for honking, reported WFAA-TV.
"You could see it in his eyes," said Brown, who recorded the confrontation on his cell phone. "You could see the hate in his eyes."