As we have done countless times this year, this is yet another headline nobody saw coming.
Per a statement from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), a “drone wave” from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen was launched at a ship deep in the Red Sea. “In the early morning hours of December 16 (Sanna time), the US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64), operating in the Red Sea, successfully engaged 14 unmanned aerial systems launched as a drone wave from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.”
While officials refused to comment about their level of certainty the drones were poised to attack the ship as suicide bombers, the formations, and tactics were similar to those previously surrounding the USS Carney, as well as other warships. In striking difference, during those incidents, one or two drones have been dropped before the rest scrambled away. This time, not a single one survived the US response.
Attacks from Houthi rebels have increased sporadically as the conflict between Israel and Palestine/Hamas rages on. With Iran backing Hamas with weapons and arms, they are about to conduct the bidding of both Palestine and Iranian forces. All done in an attempt to cripple Israel, and in turn, get the US to back off, they don’t seem to see the resolve of the United States.
Especially as President Biden has yet another area of the globe he and his family have financial interests engaged in a conflict. As the rockets and mortars fly back and forth, all the US has done thus far (publicly) is to provide funding; something we as a nation can’t truly afford to do.
If Biden doesn’t step up and send Yemen a strong message quickly, the US Navy might find itself with little choice but to let the Marines off their leash and perform a water landing. Something neither side wants, but if they want to play games, they will win stupid prizes.