Comment: The US continues to insist that Ansar Allah (the Houthis) are just a front for Iran. To take this position is incredibly foolish and willfully uninformed. Yes, the Houthis and the rocket and aerospace forces which are allied with them are aligned with Iran. Why would they not be? The US has treated the Houthi tribals as enemies since they first emerged as a major challenge to Saudi Arabia and the Gulfies. We did that in spite of the open hostility and warfare between Ansar Allah and Al-Qa’ida in the Arabia Peninsula.
Ansar Allah hates Israel. Is the Israeli fear of all things Islamic not at the root of US policy toward the Houthis? The Houthi banner proclaims their detestation of both Israel and the US. We evidently do not comprehend the possibility of diminishing Houthi hostility to the US through negotiation with them over their “beef” with us. These are not jihadi crazies like the ones that we have fiddled with in our irrational struggle in Syria a struggle aimed at destroying the multi-confessional Syrian government. Is that policy goal not also a product of the Ziocon influence that pervades the Borg (US foreign policy establishment)?
Pilgrim Turcopoles, the Pompeyan sneer at the Yemenis as incapable of organizing and employing the drone and missile systems used in these attacks is mere snobbery aimed at little brown people who wear skirts and chew qat. Do the Iranians help them? Of course they do. This is war and parties at war seek allies to balance out the game.
When I was Defense Attaché at the US embassy in Sanaa in the early 80s the YAR army was busy acquiring Soviet SCUDs and seeking to master the art of ballistic missile. They made steady progress while I watched. That progress has continued through the decades and the idea that the aerospace forces that the Houthis are allied with cannot use aerial weapons is simply racism. pl