On national security issues, not a day goes by where the Obama administration says or does something so bizarre that you can’t help but laugh, which is then followed up with the real-world consequences of a clueless foreign policy that makes you want to cry.
Less than 24 hours after the White House tried to convince Americans that a terror attack at a kosher deli in Paris wasn’t directed at Jews, the news comes in that the United Kingdom and France will join the U.S. in closing their embassies in Yemen.
The BBC reported Feb. 11:
The US, UK and France are closing their embassies in Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation and political crisis in the country.
The US and UK governments have withdrawn diplomatic staff from Sanaa and urged their citizens to leave.
France’s embassy in the capital has announced that it will close on Friday.
The moves come as the UN attempts to broker talks between political factions and Shia rebels who control Sanaa and dissolved parliament last week.
President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and his cabinet resigned on 22 January after the rebels, known as Houthis, overran the presidential palace and placed them under effective house arrest.
Those who follow events in this part of the world know that Yemen’s downward spiral is bad. Really bad. Really, really, really bad. The warning signs were all there, but for some reason the president didn’t want to talk about it during his State of the Union address. Instead, he wanted to talk about “free” community college programs. Even Obama-friendly news outlets called him out on the omission.
Politico reported after the President’s State of the Union address in January:
For the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda didn’t even rate a mention in the State of the Union. Nor did that group’s successor Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, even though it has spread through countries across Africa and claimed responsibility for the recent deadly attack on a French satirical magazine. …
“There was a general tone of suspended disbelief,” NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel said after Obama’s speech. “It seems that the rose-colored glasses through which he was viewing…foreign policy were so rose colored that I think they don’t even reflect the world that we’re living in.”
It is only a matter of time before Mr. Obama, his White House press secretary Josh Earnest, and members of the State Department give Joker-inspired speeches that translate: “It’s all part of the plan.”
Roughly 20,000 foreign fighters are flowing into Syria and Iraq. In Yemen, where al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula is highly active, there is no president and western nations are running for the exits. If this is the White House’s definition of “success” when it comes to foreign policy, then someone should ask Mr. Obama how he defines failure.