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House NDAA Amendments Would Limit US Participation in Yemen War
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, Jul 16 2017

The House version of the nearly $700b 2018 NDAA includes multiple amendments aimed at limiting involvement in the Toad War in Yemen, explicitly forbidding the deployment of ground troops there, or spending any money on military operations outside the scope of the 2001 AUMF. The Nolan Amendment prohibits the deployment of troops to participate in any way in the war, which is seen not only as restricting ground troops being sent to Yemen to fight on the side of the Toads, but also appears aimed at limiting mid-air refueling operations for Toad warplanes. The Lieu Amendment requires a report from the State Dept and the Pentagon on whether or not the Toads are complying with the Pindo-provided “No Strike List” for Yemen, as well as their improvement of targeting capabilities to avoid hitting civilians. Finally, the Davidson Amendment prohibits all military action in Yemen that is outside of the scope of the 2001 AUMF. This would preclude operations against the Shi’ite Houthis, who obviously were nothing to do with 9/11, though it would not restrict operations against AQAP inside Yemen. All of these amendments would still have to survive reconciliation between the House and Senate versions, with the Senate usually more reluctant to place such limits in the military spending bills. It also isn’t clear if the administration would comply with the limits. That’s mostly because the 2001 AUMF has been broadly interpreted far beyond AQ and 9/11 by administrations, claiming instead that anything they attach the word “terror” to is authorized. The Nolan Amendment doesn’t include the AUMF exemption, which likely means its more likely to get stripped from the bill.

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