Last week, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby announced that the Biden administration is mulling over re-designating the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen as a terrorist organization. And boy, is it about time!
You see, these Houthis have been causing all sorts of trouble lately. Not only have they been targeting innocent civilians left and right, but they’re also getting into the piracy business. That’s right, they recently hijacked a ship in international waters. Can you believe it? It’s like they’re auditioning for a role in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
But here’s the kicker: they’ve even fired ballistic missiles at a U.S. warship in the Gulf of Aden. How dare they?! It’s clear that these Houthis have no respect for anyone, not even for the mighty United States Navy.
Biden Administration Weighs Re-Designating This Group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
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Now, you might be wondering why the Trump administration designated these troublemakers as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, only to have the Biden administration reverse that decision shortly after. Well, apparently, the Biden administration was concerned about humanitarian issues. Humanitarian issues? Seriously? Last time we checked, humanitarian concerns don’t excuse acts of terrorism and piracy.
Thankfully, there are voices of reason out there who are urging the re-designation of the Houthis. Bradley Bowman from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is spot on when he says, “The Houthis talk and act like a terrorist organization because that’s what they are.” Preach it, Bradley!
Republican lawmakers are also putting the pressure on Secretary of State Antony Blinken. They wrote to him, demanding the re-designation of these Houthis as a clear message that the United States won’t tolerate such threats to our allies, partners, and regional stability. And they make some valid points. With their anti-Semitic rhetoric and alliance with Iran, the Houthis are turning into a real headache for our friends in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Let’s hope the Biden administration comes to its senses and finally recognizes the true colors of these Iranian-backed troublemakers. The time for playing nice is over. It’s time to take a firm stand against terrorism and protect our interests in the Middle East.