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The U.S. Is Getting a Reality Check in Yemen

The Biden administration’s soft-pedaling on the Houthi rebels has played into Iranian hands.

 Reality sets in.

 Reality sets in.

Photographer: Mohammed Huwais/AFP

The limits of talking softly with Yemen’s brutal Houthi rebels should now be abundantly clear to the Biden administration. The trouble is that the U.S. has no big stick to wield instead.

Given Iran’s support for the insurgents, this bodes well for Tehran in its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. — but ill for American allies in the Middle East.