Yemen Articles


Barack Obama and the Great Arab Revolt.
May 09, 2011

We may never know whether the conjecture of the historian Fouad Ajami is correct: that President Barack Obama sought the approval of the Arab League for the air war against Muammar Qaddafi because he thought the league—an organization that has always shown greater sympathy for the region’s rulers than for its citizenry—would turn down the French-led request to unleash Western airpower to save Benghazi. President Obama has certainly seemed sincere, if not Kennedyesque, in his intent to save the rebels in the eastern half of the country from the depredations of the most Orwellian

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Fox News Sunday Panel on Libya, Syria, Politics, and the Economy

7:28 AM, Apr 25, 2011

Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson, Brit Hume and Juan Williams, yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

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Watching Yemen

1:14 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Fred Kagan and the rest of his Critical Threats team at AEI will begin to focus more directly on coming up with a U.S. strategy for Yemen. It will be called the Yemen Strategic Planning Exercise, and here's how Kagan describes the project: 

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The Daily Grind: Rift Among the Rebels

6:30 AM, Apr 04, 2011

"Libya’s rebel military struggled Saturday to explain an apparent rift within its highest ranks while acknowledging its soldiers’ role in a mistaken NATO bombing of rebel columns the night before."

Paul Ryan's budget plan will slash spending by more than $4 trillion.

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Still Looking for Gitmo

5:27 PM, Mar 31, 2011

If Guantanamo were really one of al Qaeda’s principal recruiting tools, as President Obama and members of his administration have repeatedly claimed, then the facility would probably be referenced regularly in the terror group’s propaganda. It is not. Instead, other themes dominate Osama bin Laden’s and Ayman al Zawahiri’s messaging.

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Yemen Unrest Continues

7:46 AM, Mar 29, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports that "President Ali Abdullah Saleh has backed away from a deal struck over the weekend that would have him step down from power immediately but keep his relatives in charge of the country's elite counter-terrorism forces."

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Give War a Chance

ADVANCE COPY from the April 4, 2011 issue.
12:00 PM, Mar 25, 2011

It’s not war but a “time-limited, scope-limited military action.” The United States has been in the lead, but will be stepping back, ASAP, in favor of command (supposedly) by a squabbling coalition of the not-so-willing. The objective of the “kinetic military action”—which is going to last days, not weeks, unless it does last weeks—isn’t regime change in Libya. Our broader objective, however, is to topple Muammar Qaddafi. The commander-in-chief, meanwhile, is floating above the fray, hovering over his divided administration and his muddled policy.

And yet we’ll probably succeed.

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Time for Saleh To Go?

Yemen heats up.
8:00 AM, Mar 23, 2011

Nowhere has the Obama administration been more reluctant to embrace the revolutions sweeping through the Middle East than in Yemen. This is, in part, understandable.

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Yemen Leader Attempting to Negotiate his Departure; Opposition Says it's 'Too Late'

9:25 AM, Mar 22, 2011

Another leader of an Arab nation seems to be on his way out. This time, it looks like it will be Yemen's leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh is currently trying to negotiate his departure with opposition forces. The New York Times reports:

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The Daily Grind: Paul Ryan's Terrifying Slide Show

7:31 AM, Mar 07, 2011

Wisconsin Fleebaggers give up

"We don’t have parties, we don’t have a constitution, we don’t have political organizations, we don’t have an effective civil society. We have to create a completely new state and we have to do it in the middle of a war and revolution.”

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