Not so long ago, few Americans, very much including policy wonks and military officers, knew anything about
This should come as no surprise:
The government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been president of a united Yemen since the early 1990s and of the North Yemen Arab Republic for more than a decade before that, has been cooperating with the United States against Al Qaeda in a sort of desultory, off again, on again way since 2001. Mirroring the support that the tribes lend Al Qaeda, his cooperation derives less from any commonality of interests than it does from the wads of American assistance it guarantees.
Despite or maybe because of this grim prognosis, the
The dilemma, needless to say, hardly comes as news to
What Al Qaeda's rise in Yemen shows is that this strategy amounts to nothing more than a game of whack-a-mole—when al Qaeda gets "whacked" in one place, it simply burrows on to the next. Today