Obama Can't Maintain His Middle East Balancing Act


If only the Obama White House could bring itself to admit that its strategy in Yemen has failed. Then Obama and his mouthpieces would look substantially less foolish.

As matters stand, they cling to the myth that their "small footprint" strategy against terrorism in Yemen — cooperate loosely with local authorities and blow up terrorists with drones on occasion — is a successful one in the war against terrorism.

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said as much this Wednesday, even as the Yemeni state was collapsing and its president fled for his life. The so-called Yemen model, Earnest said, once singled out for praise by President Obama, "is a template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat that we face from extremists in Yemen and Somalia."

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