Next Stop Yemen

Umar Abdulmutallab is alleged to have attempted to detonate a bomb on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. US media cite “anonymous government officials” “linking” Abdulmutallab to Al-Qaeda, claiming that he went to a “training camp” in Yemen. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lieberman calls for “pre-emptive” (sic) military action in Yemen. It is then reported that the CIA has been “training” Yemeni forces since 2008. But wait: back in 2002 a CIA predator drone killed 6 “terrorist suspects” in Yemen, including a US citizen. On Dec. 17 a US supported air strike directed at Al-Qaeda “training camps” killed either 34 “terrorist suspects,” according to Yemen’s government, or up to 70 civilians according to locals. A week later there is another strike, this time killing 30 “suspected militants” possibly including the “muslim cleric,” Anwar al-Awlaki, who is said to have “inspired” Maj. Nidal Hassan– the US army doctor and “Ft. Hood shooter”– and who is reported to be “sympathetic” to Al-Qaeda. Even as Yemen’s government undertook these attacks, Yemen itself is increasingly referred to as the next “failed state” and a “haven” for Al-Qaeda. Got that? Yemen: it’s the new Afghanistan.