Sunday, January 3, 2010
Now it's Yemen
The year is not starting off well. The Obama administration, having made the fatal mistake of escalating troop presence in Afghanistan, is now going down a dangerous road in Yemen (with much of the news media, so far at least, tagging along relatively uncritically.) But as Obama seeks to "strengthen" the Yemeni government, the consequences of propping up and allying with a repressive regime will become obvious soon enough. Human Rights Watch has got the Yemeni government's number; will the U.S. government continue to repeat the Cold War policy of supporting (ie, giving arms and money to) any government that promises to cooperate with the "war on terrorism," just as they did with the war on Communism? Can American troops be far behind? Will Americans support a policy that actually strengthens the terrorists and provides them with an ever greater number of recruits?
It's so sad and tragic that things have to get so much worse before they can get better. Bad times ahead.
PS--How is the closing of the American Embassy in Yemen going to be viewed by potential terrorist recruits? A victory for their movement, perhaps? So much for projecting strength, at least American strength.