Another catastrophic failure of Obama’s that the media neither hears, sees, nor speaks of: the Iran-backed jihadis are fighting with American weapons – just like the Islamic State.
Back in September, Obama held up Yemen as the exemplar – the template of success– in the war on terror.
And what has happened in Yemen is a metaphor for the Obama presidency.
Washington Post: Flash back to the heady days of September 2014 (four months ago), and the war on terror in Yemen was being touted as a “success” in speeches by President Obama. Talking about the threat posed by the Islamic State, Obama pointed toward Yemen and Somalia as possible examples:
This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out [the Islamic State] wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.
Now, like the Islamic State, the Houthis are winning battles with American weaponry.
“Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize U.S. Marines’ weapons at airport,” By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Yemen’s Houthi rebels seized weapons from U.S. Marines as well as several vehicles used by Americans stationed at the now-closed U.S. Embassy in Sana’a.
It wasn’t immediately clear what types of weapons and vehicles were seized.
An unidentified Sana’a airport official confirmed that the rebel forces took control of the U.S. Embassy vehicles, which were parked at the airport, United Press International reported. The same official also said that the Houthi rebels seized several weapons used by U.S. Marines who were trying to abide by a White House order and leave the country.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a widely reported statement: “The Department of State has decided to suspend our embassy operations and our embassy staff have been temporarily relocated out of Sana’a. Recent unilateral actions disrupted the political transition process in Yemen, creating the risk that renewed violence would threaten Yemenis and the diplomatic community in Sana’a.”
British and French embassies have been temporarily closed, with Germany, perhaps, not far behind.
Houthi rebels are tied to Iran and regard Americans as enemies.