by John Galt
October 3, 2016 20:30 ET
Beware the power of the shower slippers. Or beach flip-flops. Whatever it is they wear, apparently the Houthi have terrified the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the point where they demanded U.S. Naval protection so they can bring more death to the civilians of Yemen (via FoxNews):
The U.S. Navy dispatched three warships near the southern coast of Yemen after four rockets hit and nearly sank a United Arab Emirates auxiliary ship Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. There were no reported injuries to the Emerati crew. Al Jazeera reported on video of the attack.
Iran supplied the Houthis with the “shoulder-fired rockets” that nearly destroyed the UAE ship, according to two U.S. officials. It was not immediately clear what type of rocket the rebels may have fired. The ship was formerly contracted to the U.S., two defense officials confirmed, and at one time an American company owned the vessel.
Military officials sent the Navy warships to the southern end of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, also known as the Mandab Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers, USS Mason and USS Nitze, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and an assortment of deck-mounted high-caliber machine guns, joined USS Ponce, a floating staging ship which includes a compliment of special operations forces, according to one official.
Nearly destroyed? What the hell video were they watching?
What the hell are they towing back? The hull? A toasted interior stateroom? The top secret information the CIA shares with the UAE and Saudi Arabia? To dispatch three U.S. Navy ships into a conflict zone which has absolutely zero implications for United States security tells everyone a lot:
When the House of Saud blows the dog whistle, Obama responds.