Saturday, January 24, 2015

US drone attacks no longer "fueling terrorism" in Yemen

Malala meets with Obama (photo by Pete Souza). Courtesy of the Washington Post.
It wasn't too long ago that Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who suffered gunshot wounds for her support of education for girls in her country, met with President Obama: '''Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration's use of drones, saying they are "fueling terrorism."'

Sad to say, Obama ignored Malala's advice. However, events have taken over in Yemen, and US drone attacks have been thwarted. It's too bad it took the collapse of the Yemeni government to bring this about and hopefully reduce our nation's fueling of the terrorism it continues to spend billions to supposedly "fight."

Juan Cole (Informed Comment) reports:

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi take-over of the Yemeni government. Down south in Aden, there were big demonstrations on behalf of workers

The murky political situation in Yemen has left the US unable to continue its drone strikes and other counter-terrorism operations, since Washington no longer has a partner in the Yemeni government to authorize them and provide key facilities.

On Thursday, the President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the prime minister resigned. Mansour Hadi had been the vice president of deposed dictator Ali Abdallah Saleh, who stepped down under street pressure and under the pressure of the Gulf oil states, in January, 2012.

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