The taking of the former U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels is yet another embarrassment for the Biden administration.

Due to the ongoing civil war between the Houthis and the country’s internationally recognized government, the United States moved most of the embassy staff and its operations to Saudi Arabia in 2015. 

However, the Houthis’ breach of the compound and the taking of the compound’s Yemeni security personnel as hostages flies in the face of President Biden’s overtures. Most of the hostages have now been released.

The U.S. had been supporting the Saudi-led effort to defeat the Houthis under President Trump. As soon as President Biden took office, he suspended all offensive military aid to the Saudi-led coalition and then rescinded the Trump administration’s designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization.