The Obama Administration has dusted off a Clinton-era strategy of dealing with terrorists by firing off a couple of Cruise missiles into Yemen. ABC explains the objective;
One of the targeted sites was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north of the capitol, Sanaa, and the second target was a location where officials said “an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being planned.”
Of course, none of our resident anti-war folks are calling this an “attack [on] a third world country that didn’t attack us” and it appears that the Obama Administration has found value in the Bush Doctrine of preemptive strikes in dealing with terrorists. But luckily for Obama, he doesn’t have to deal with the Left questioning his motives and accusing him of using fear mongering to accomplish political objectives.
Does anyone else thinks it’s a little strange that we’re firing off missiles into Yemen while contemplating releasing some Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo back into the wild there?
The Stars & Stripes reports that 34 terrorists were killed in raids in Yemen. The main target of the strike, a guy who escaped from prison in Yemen, reportedly avoided his ultimate demise, though.
Al-Raymi is one of 23 militants who broke out of a prison in San’a in February 2006 and is at large. Yemeni authorities have said they believe he was involved in the July 2007 suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists and two Yemenis visiting a temple in central Yemen.
Christopher Boucek, a Yemen expert at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said al-Raymi is deputy commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and has managed to escape several previous attempts by authorities to get him.
The Yemeni embassy denied that the US used missiles, contrary to ABC’s report. Of course, eye witnesses in the AP report at S&S report that most of the dead were civilians.