To the Editor:
Re âTrumpâs Hard Choices on Saudi Arabiaâ (Op-Ed, Oct. 23):
James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state, writes that Saudi Arabia presents challenges to the Trump administration in balancing United States ideals and interests. But on the critical issue â the war in Yemen â there is no fundamental conflict between our ideals and interests.
The war is already a humanitarian disaster, rife with credible claims of crimes against humanity, and the United Nations warns of the extraordinary looming threat of starvation for millions, for which the Saudi blockade and war effort â with American support â bear substantial responsibility. All where few Americans could even identify the combatants or purported aims.
It neither serves our interests nor credits our ideals to fuel this war, inflaming extremism, authoritarianism and cross-gulf tensions while deepening our responsibility for humanitarian catastrophe. If, as seems likely, the president wonât act, then Congress must.