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Just when it appeared that public pressure was causing Congress to find its conscience, in a last-minute act of subterfuge, the pro-war lackeys are trying to sabotage things overnight. Literally, overnight.

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Late yesterday, after hours in D.C., Robert Naiman of the "Just Foreign Policy" organization began notifying allies and supporters to mobilize to stop it. For those unfamiliar with that name, the "just" isn't a reference to "only," but to proceding with a sense of respect, equanimity and justice.

Receiving one of those appeals at that hour, it wasn't easy to get the story behind this. But we did, and here it is.

It all comes down to an urgent need for action. Those who want to stop the illegal U.S. participation in the war in Yemen have only a few hours this morning to act.

U.S. funding and support has essentially enabled the Saudi regime to conduct war for regional hegemony against Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation. The U.S. Navy has participated in a blockade of Yemen's ports, exacerbating, if not causing outright, the famine and epidemics of disease running rampant with no medical supplies. U.S.-made aerial bombs have been dropped on Yemeni civilians, and are reapplied to the Saudis faster than they drop them.

Because of miserable political shenanigans, a surprise "rule" vote this afternoon is set to protect, rather than stop, the blatantly illegal US war funding and support of Saudi Arabia's brutal war on the civilian population of Yemen.

Because of miserable political shenanigans, a surprise "rule" vote this afternoon is set to protect, rather than stop, the blatantly illegal US war funding and support of Saudi Arabia's brutal war on the civilian population of Yemen.

Naiman was the first to recognize what was being done Tuesday night when GOP leadership pulled a fast one, introducing the rule last night and scheduling the vote for this afternoon. His call immediately went out to "Phone your Member of Congress WEDNESDAY MORNING."

We have confirmed that he and his respected organization are right.

The vote is Wednesday afternoon, D.C. time, and noon Eastern is 9 am Pacific. So all of us who want to stop the war in Yemen need to do this first thing Wednesday morning.

Miserable political shenanigans by the GOP introduced a "rule" vote, set for today, to protect the blatantly illegal US war funding and support of Saudi Arabia's brutal war on the civilian population of Yemen.

So, in Congress, a vote against the rule is a vote against the war. Therefore, the need is to tell the Members of Congress that we're on to them, and we want them to

"VOTE NO ON THE RULE - and END THE YEMEN WAR!"

Call the House switchboard at 202-225-3121.

Naiman calls what happened Tuesday evening D.C. time, "a classic Nixonian-dirty-tricks maneuver of the Washington swamp."

Indeed, though voted-out last Tuesday, Paul Ryan is still the House Speaker through the end of the year, and his GOP big shots still rule all the committees. They're in rare form with this baffle-the-people-with-BS-game. Ryan's House Rules Committee suddenly approved a rule for turning a move to de-fund an illegal war into something that would do exactly the opposite.

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That rule would "alter consideration" of H.R. 6784, the “Manage Our Wolves Act.” It sounds innocuous. It's not.

Specifically -- and here's where they're trying to undo the good -- that "rule" would “de-privilege” H. Con. Res. 138, aka Khanna-Massie-Smith-Jones-Pocan. That "138" legislation, the "Yemen War Powers Resolution" was written to END unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi regime’s war-blockade-famine-genocide in Yemen.

Then came this rule. The full House is expected to vote on the floor Wednesday afternoon on the rule, and prior to it, a vote was expected to move the legislation along. But.. it now includes the Speaker's "rule" that would kill it. So, if this rule for the consideration of the “Manage Our Wolves Act” passes, then H. Con. Res. 138 would be stripped of its “privilege” -- and that means it would be stripped of its War Powers Resolution guarantee of a clean, up-or-down, vote on the House floor.

Yes, It's complicated. But remember that lawmakers are mostly all lawyers who go to school to learn how to do these things.

The bad news becomes obvious when you know the game of building-in a self-destruct.

Here’s the good news: a vote against the rule is a vote against the war, and although it won’t be easy, it’s possible that all of us who want the war against Yemen STOPPED could influence enough Members of Congress, and win the vote against the rule. And that's not a far-fetched hope.

Borrowing from Naiman's analysis, all or almost all Democrats will almost surely vote against the rule. A handful of Republicans will almost surely vote against the rule. Naiman concludes, "All that's needed to defeat the rule is for two handfuls of Republicans to vote against the rule."

By comparison, the last time the House took a clean, up-or-down, vote on U.S. participation in the Saudi regime's war in Yemen, it was June 2016. That effort to stop U.S. participation narrowly lost, 204-216. Specifically, the vote was on an amendment to prohibit the transfer of cluster bombs to the Saudi regime. 40 Republicans voted for that antiwar amendment, and 200 Republicans voted against it. 164 Democrats voted for that amendment, and 16 Democrats voted against it.

It strongly suggests if we can get all the House Democrats to vote "no" on the self-destruct rule -- something that should be relatively straightforward, if they simply do what they always claim they're doing -- then we only need about 15% of the House Republicans to oppose the rule, and that is enough to defeat it. Yes, getting 15% of House Republicans to oppose their own Speaker's sneaky rule will be the hard part. But he is retiring, they know it, and after the election just went the way it did, this is not impossible.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THE WAR IN YEMEN: call your Member of Congress this morning when the House offices open (beginning at 6 am, Pacific time) and urge your Representative -- regardless of their political party, or yours -- to VOTE NO ON THE RULE, because you want them to END THE WAR IN YEMEN.

The Capitol Switchboard is 202-225-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, here is a text, suggested by "Just Foreign Policy":

“I strongly urge you to VOTE NO ON THE RULE for consideration of the Manage our Wolves Act. A yes vote on the rule for consideration of the Manage Our Wolves Act is a vote to continue helping the Saudi regime starve children in Yemen. A no vote on the rule is a vote to restore our Constitution, which assigns Congress, not the President, the sole power to decide when to take our country to war. End the Yemen war. Vote NO on the rule.”

Ending U.S. participation in a war that is causing the greatest famine of our time is likely to be fraught with the need to win little battles like this one. But losing even one of these contests against subterfuge means the war in Yemen would continue.

You can learn more about Robert Naiman and the "Just Foreign Policy" organization, on this issue and other points of US foreign policy that either deserve support or opposition, at their website. It's http://www.justforeignpolicy.org

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Phone Congress. As we've been hearing a bit the past couple of years, "This is what democracy looks like."

Larry Wines