“Saudi pilots have shown a reckless disregard for human life in the countless atrocities they’ve caused in Yemen; at this point, we need accountability for war crimes, not more training.”
—Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch
“Federal procurement documents reviewed by TYT show that the U.S. Air Force is actively soliciting private contractors for training of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) personnel to be ‘conducted in the U.S. at contractor’s facility,'” Klippenstein reported.
Klippenstein noted that if the training of Saudi pilots to fly F-15 fighter jets takes place, it would appear to be the first such activity on American soil since the U.S.-Saudi coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015
The U.S. Air Force is looking for contractors to start training Saudi Arabian military pilots in the U.S.
— TYT Investigates (@tytinvestigates) August 30, 2018
“Saudi pilots have shown a reckless disregard for human life in the countless atrocities they’ve caused in Yemen; at this point, we need accountability for war crimes, not more training,” Whitson told TYT.
Independent journalist Walker Bragman—who helped start a social media campaign to pressure America’s corporate media outlets to cover the U.S. role in Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen—argued that Klippenstein’s reporting provides further evidence that the “U.S. is a willing participant in the Yemen genocide despite claims to the contrary.”
Other progressive commentators echoed Bragman, noting that despite its feigned concerns for Saudi atrocities, “U.S. complicity in the most brutal human rights abuses in the world is increasing.”
Alluding to the fact that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudi citizens, some of whom trained at U.S. flight schools in preparation for their attackm, writer Karen Geier declared sardonically, “training Saudi pilots has never been a problem for America.”