U.S. Lacks Plan for Dealing With Chaos in Yemen Despite Dire Warnings

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March 24, 2011

By Catherine Herridge, FoxNews

The Obama administration, after helping to orchestrate a U.N.-backed military intervention in Libya, is facing pressure to do more to prepare for the potential collapse of the government in another Mideast country, Yemen — but U.S. officials admit they are doing little more than watching at this point.

Though Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has already offered to step down by the end of the year, anti-government demonstrators still swell the streets of the capital Sana’a as the government declares a state of emergency.

Yemen’s parliament is now giving Saleh, who has led the country since 1978, even broader powers to arrest opponents and censor media coverage as he faces growing opposition to step down immediately.

Yemen is a central ally of the U.S. government against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The group, along with its operational planner, the American Anwar al-Awlaki, the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list, are now considered a greater threat than Usama bin Laden’s network in Pakistan. And one U.S. lawmaker suggests that chaos in Yemen could result in a worse terrorist breeding ground than Afghanistan.

But Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ admission in Cairo that the administration had not focused on a future without Yemen’s president was startling.

To read more, visit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/23/yemen-afghanistan-steroids/#ixzz1HVrGDK9q

 

 

 

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