The Daily Beast: “America’s ally in Yemen is gone. Its special forces have been evacuated. A country touted by the president as a counterterror ‘model’ is poised to be an ISIS and al Qaeda playland.
In an interview, Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Daily Beast that unfolding events in Yemen portended a dire future for U.S. policy across the region.
“We’re totally out. Forward looking, this is what the region is going to look like if we don’t take care of al Qaeda, we don’t take care of ISIL, we don’t take care of Iran’s involvement with the Houthis,” Burr said, using the government’s preferred acronym for the so-called Islamic State. “Yemen is going to be, in the president’s own words, a ‘model,’ [but] not of success, [instead] of absolute failure of our foreign policy.”
Opinion: Al Qaeda was supposed to be on the run and Yemen a model of success.
Here’s the deal: The House of Saud is wobbling after the death of Abdullah. King Salman is said to be suffering from dementia or worse and with the potential for Iran, ISIS, and al Qaeda competing for the ultimate prize that is controlling 40% of the world’s oil, the US would have no choice but to get involved.
Did someone say wars and rumors of war?