The USS Mason was under attack on Sunday, October 9th, by Yemeni rebel fighters firing two missiles at the US destroyer. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported through their state-run television that a projectile was fired and landed in Taif, Saudi Arabia, which is home to the King Fahad Air Base that hosts US military troops, which train Saudi military forces. According to sources within the Saudi government, the missile, reportedly a locally produced Soviet-era Scud called a Volcano-1, was fired on Saturday resulting in no casualties or damage. This incident produced increasing strain on an already tense relationship between the US and Iran

Fast forward to Thursday, and the Yemen rebels received a response from our beloved brothers and sisters in the US Navy. According to reports, the US military launched a series of cruise missile strikes which obliterated three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, which are allegedly funded by our friends in Iran.

According to an article by Reuters, US officials stated the USS Nitze launched a few Tomahawk cruise missiles around 4 in the morning local time. However, the Pentagon stressed that these strikes, authorized by President Obama, were limited in nature and were “self-defense strikes”. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, speaking to Reuters, went on to say the retaliatory strikes “were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation”.

So, were these strikes in response to the earlier missile attacks, or was this a bit of political posturing ahead of the November 8th decision facing more than 300 million US citizens? Seems a bit suspect to this commentator.