Republican senators slam President Obama's foreign policy as Saudi Arabia launches coalition air strikes in Yemen against Iran-allied Houthis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican senators in Washington on Thursday (March 26) said they supported Saudi Arabia's efforts to go after Houthi forces in Yemen, but criticized the Obama administration over its mideast policy. Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia and allies launched air strikes in Yemen to stop the advance of the Iran-allied Houthi militia towards President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's southern refuge of Aden. "The mideast is on fire and it is every person for themselves," said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. "I want the American people to know that the three of us support this operation to take Yemen back from the Iranian proxies, but we categorically reject President Obama's foreign policy that we believe has substantially contributed to this mess," he added. Arizona Senator John McCain also slammed the administration over the fact that Saudi Arabia had given the U.S. little notice of its action. "Look where we have come from. Our closest allies in the region no longer trust us," he said. "They wait a matter of a few hours before beginning a major military operation." Florida Senator Kelly Ayotte urged the White House to consider the current situation in Yemen in their ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. "The administration should have this issue of Iran's terrorism in the region -- of their attempts at regional domination -- on the table as part of the nuclear talks, because you cannot divorce the two of them or you're missing Iran's goals in the region." she said.