Looks like the Obama administration is thinking about filing criminal charges against the radical Islamic terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. Unless the men in black(also know as the CIA) don't cap his butt first. Or he is captured alive in Yemen. And if that scenario happens, then he will be either pardoned, get house arrest, and or allowed to escape. The Dictator of Yemen, President Saleh has already inform Obama that al-Awlaki will not be extradited to America. Just like he refused to extradite any of the Cole bombers and still does.
But Saleh's refusal to play fairly with Obama is paying off Big Time! He has actually gotten more money from Obama than he did from Bush. In 2006 Saleh made $5 million from Bush, as opposed to $155 million in 2010! New York Times Who said it does not pay to support Terrorism!
Saleh is more of a professional politician than Obama can ever hope to be. He is a mastermind at weaving lies, and concealing the truth. Both Clinton and Bush thought they could control Saleh, and he took both of them to the bank, and left egg all over their faces on more than one occasion. Saleh told Clinton that the Port of Aden was safe from terrorists attacks, not to worry! Clinton was also warned by top military officials not to use the port in Yemen as well. That the risk was too great. And Clinton was constantly trying to explain why Saleh kept refusing the FBI their requests to Saleh concerning the Cole investigation after the attack on the Cole. And Bush was always having to make excuses for his fair weathered friend's behavior as well. Saleh was caught helping out Al-Qaeda interests red handed more than once. But at least Bush tied the purse strings on Saleh on more than one occasion.
But as in previous American administrations their are those in Obama's team who know and see that Saleh's regime is no friends of ours. But those individuals are always ignored. Even though they are saying the same thing that others before them have said. That American money and arms could, and have been used against Saleh's political enemies. And that American money could and may even been used to help support Al-Qaeda. And probably was. Its a know fact that Saleh has used Al-Qaeda to further his own agenda. He had to pay them with something.
And now Obama wants al-Awaki to face justice. Not likely. At least not in Yemen. I mean Saleh would not even admit that a mere 25 to 50 US troops were helping his forces in Yemen in a recent speech to his beloved people. He later recanted and admitted the American soldiers are there. And Saleh keeps telling everyone the same old worn out excuse as to why he cannot be seen as a friend of America, that elements in his own country would used that admission against him. I don't know how many times he has used that excuse to justify his use of Al-Qaeda. Or how many times someone in our government has told me the same thing as to why Saleh let the Cole bombers go free.
Does anyone in the current administration remember the "Jihad Rehab" embarrassment that Bush had to deal with? Old Saleh promised Bush that any Yemenis sent from Gitmo would be rehabilitated in Saudi Jihad Rehabs if he would only send them back home. Bush did just that, and surprise, surprise! The Ex Gitmos completed their Rehab and then went back to Yemen, and rejoined Al-Qaeda! Who would have guessed that outcome!! Whats really insane is that Obama continued the practice until the spat of attempted bombings here in America took place. He then reluctantly told Saleh that he could send no more Gitmo terrorists back to Yemen. Dah!! You Think So!
Thank God! That Bush refused Saleh's request for more money to build a luxury Jihad Rehab in Yemen proper! Saleh of Yemen will never change his behavior. He will continue to tell the current administration what they want to hear, just like he did with the previous two administrations.
He will also continue to use Al-Qaeda for his own agenda when necessary, and play both sides against the middle. He is ruthless dictator concerned with only three things, his own survival, power and money. But then again are those not the same three things that drive all politicians?
What's really, really sad is that their are individuals who have been trying to tell our government for years now that Saleh's regime is extremely dangerous to America. But as of yet three American presidents have ignored their warnings. As a result the attack on the USS Cole happened, terrorists who were captured were freed to kill innocent people again, terrorists were allowed to go free in Yemen, and even given government support, and then attempted bombings took place here in America that had their beginnings in Yemen. The list goes on and on. And that does not even cover any of the misery that Saleh has committed against his own people. Yet no American President is willing to stop the insanity of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. What is it going to take to change Washington's attitude towards Saleh of Yemen?