On Wednesday, a mere day before Yemen’s monthslong crisis collapsed into such chaos that rebels ran the president out of the country, and several days after US special forces had fled the country themselves, the White House did something it has been doing for some time: it publicly hailed the Obama administration’s “Yemen model” as a success in fighting terrorism.
The White House has been widely mocked for patting itself on the back for its Yemen strategy at a moment when swaths of the country are controlled by Shia Houthi rebels allied with deposed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, and when Saudi and Egyptian forces are threatening to invade and turn this into a regional war. But it’s no coincidence that the White House has been praising its “Yemen model” right up until the moment of the country’s near-total collapse. (And that chaos, by the way, is great news for the al-Qaeda affiliate that is based in southern Yemen.)
The Obama administration’s approach to Yemen has all along exemplified some of its worst foreign policy instincts in the Middle East: treating drone strikes and armed proxies as the solution for everything, finding short-term solutions to long-term problems, and refusing to deal seriously with the underlying issues that keep creating crises in the region.
But this model failed in Yemen — just as it has failed, and will continue to fail, in the rest of the Middle East.
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I can sum up the main problem with Obama’s foreign policy in one word: “Hubris”. That’s the main problem with his domestic policy too. His whole administration suffers from it.
I know you are shocked. “Obama has hubris? Whodathunkit?”
Modern “big government” liberalism (aka “Progressivism”) is based on the premise that everything can be controlled and manipulated to produce the desired outcome. Whenever it fails it is because they didn’t have enough information and/or enough power. So they demand more information and more power so they can try again.
Obama thinks he can control things. When he can’t, he blames everything but himself. It never occurs to him that his premise is flawed. So lather, rinse, repeat.
Yemen is like this whole other country and stuff. It’s small, which makes it a tempting target for manipulation and control. But control is an illusion and Obama is an idiot.
Frankly, we would have been better off with an isolationist POTUS running things. Obama has just made everything worse.
And Hillary helped.