John Brennan, Obama's chief anti-terrorism advisor has called on the Yemeni opposition to hold more talks with President Saleh. President Obama and his advisors just don't get it. The Yemeni people have been listening to the lies, and broken promises of Saleh for over 30 years now. As Saleh, his family, and his cronies have all grown rich off the resources of Yemen, and monies from countries like the good old USA. The Yemeni people have realized something our own government has failed to comprehend: that doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results, is insane. The Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition in Yemen immediately rejected Obama's calls for more talks with Saleh, and his corrupt government. Good for them!!
I was encouraged to read where the Yemeni opposition realizes that Obama will in all probability not switch sides until it appears that Saleh really has no chance at surviving. At least they know where they stand. And it appears that they are willing to go all the way to rid themselves of Saleh and Company. Even if that means a bloody and long Civil War.
But at the same time its extremely discouraging that Obama does not take this opportunity to switch sides and be on the right side of history for a change. And maybe save an untold amount of lives if a Civil War could be avoided. Plus the Yemeni's might actually see us in a positive light, instead of "the Americans who backed the brutal dictator, and provided the training,and ammunition to Saleh's soldiers who are killing their friends and family members."
Why Obama cannot see that Saleh is doomed is beyond me. With each passing day it becomes more and more obvious that Saleh's hold on the country is extremely precarious. For years Saleh kept the various factions and tribes in Yemen at each others throats, and even used Al-Qaeda when it suited his goals. But now all those factions, and tribes are uniting with one objective to pursue, the ouster of Saleh. The old "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" technique. And Saleh and his family have a lot of enemies!
It pains me to no end to say this but if Obama were to throw Saleh under the Bus like he did with Mubarak, and Gaddafi, it would not be long until Saleh bugged out of Yemen. He would take his millions of dollars and find a country to accept him, and live out his miserable life as a King in exile. Who knows maybe he could get a good deal on a mansion in Obama's neighborhood. Or their may even be a nice size ranch for sale outside of Crawford, Texas. But at least the brutal dictator would be gone, and the Yemeni people could begin to build a real democracy.
Three American Presidents have done everything in their power to keep Saleh propped up in his rotten regime. All three of them making every excuse they could for his support of Al-Qaeda, his blatant lies, and his brutal treatment of his own people. But it now looks like even President Obama will not be able to save Saleh from himself, and justice that is long overdue.