The U.S. calls for a cease-fire in Yemen. In an official statement released yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Houthi rebels to halt their cross-border attacks and Saudi Arabia to stop conducting airstrikes. Secretary of Defense James Mattis encouraged all involved to stop hostilities within 30 days. The Saudi-led coalition is already in the process of mobilizing more than 10,000 additional soldiers for a planned offensive against the Yemeni city of Hodeida. The Yemeni government – that is, the one Saudi Arabia supports – seems receptive to the cease-fire, with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi reportedly agreeing to meet with Washington’s special envoy, according to a Saudi-funded website. The U.S. has never really shown any interest in ending the conflict here – if anything, its deployments and arms supplies suggest that it’s been content to let it go on. Maybe it’s a PR stunt to save face in light of the Khashoggi affair. Maybe Washington thinks the war is
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