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The Drumpf Middle East strategy looks doomed to me! Those who still believe in the consummate fraudster, sociopath and megalomaniac Drumpf, should probably begin to consider/reconsider now how Drump claimed ludicrously during the campaign that he knew more about ISIS than the generals! I’m not the world’s greatest Middle Eastern affairs expert, but it’s pretty clear to me what they (the Drumpf gang) are doing in the Middle East! And that is nothing about the financial/root sources of ISIS terrorism (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE)! In truth entities such as Hezbollah and Iran should be a part of the coalition to crush ISIS, instead the gang that can’t shoot straight is ginning up “Flynn facts” and “alternative facts” about Iran and its Middle Eastern allies… And conducting dubious raids in Yemen, killing innocents and children — and towards achieving what end exactly?
It’s interesting that still somewhat fresh off the US and Western backing of the ouster of the democratically elected Yanukovich of Ukraine that today we are seeing the US backing its authoritarian ally Saudi Arabia in attempting to reinstall the displaced dictator of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. For years in the US corporate/corporatist MSM we heard the cacophonous refrain of, “the dictator Fidel Castro, the dictator Fidel Castro, the dictator Fidel Castro…” again and again. Additionally, in more recent years we’ve heard the late democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, referred to as a dictator by many ignorant and propagandist “pundits” in the said “mainstream” press. And so taking heed of these facts I think that it’s only proper to offer up a word to the wise democrats of the world who may be working against illiberal regimes all across this planet and that is: certainly don’t trust the United States global democrats as some kind of patron for your efforts in order to bring free and fair elections, and all of the other elements that go along with what it means to have a truly democratic system.
Hadi, of course, came to power via an “election” with one person, and yet still somehow he’s being referred to in the Western press as somehow being legitimate to rule Yemen. Perhaps the Western press still secretly adheres to the divine right of kings or some such, while what Paul Craig Roberts has referred to as the “great moral West” purports to champion struggling democrats wherever they may occur. And when we know, of course, that in the sordid game of imperialism that autocrats, authoritarian rulers and many of the variegated and multifarious despots that are amenable to US and Western corporate interests are really what “toes the line” in assessing who is a “proper” and “acceptable” and a “legitimate” leader of a particular nation-state/regime.
The US State Department, has signed off on an “election” of the the right-hand man, of the former US-backed dictator Ali Abudullah Saleh. The Yemeni “election” was a non-competitive one, and included only one candidate. Therefore, probably not surprisingly — ensuingly not much is expected to change in Yemen. Yemen is the poorest Arab country, with a weak centralized authority, and a burgeoning secessionist movement.
The US has been operating drones, for some time now in Yemen, ostensibly for the purposes of killing Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives. Critics have suggested that the attacks, will only blow back on their intended ambitions, and further radicalize sections — of the semi-autonomous rural regions — of the Yemeni population. And in speaking of blowback, it should probably be noted that, many of Yemen’s radicalized Islamist elements were; in fact, veterans of the Iraqi war theater. They have now, of course, returned to Yemen, and are being proffered — as one of the most critical threats in the world to Americans.
The Yemeni Arab Spring doesn’t appear to be (presently) bearing much fruit, and some are even speculating that Saleh has not permanently, and unequivocally ended his rule/hold on power. In fact, there are (at least) two views of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s coming to power in Yemen. Some are viewing his election as a mandate — and a portent — of the bringing about of a substantive and meaningful change agenda, while others are viewing the election as an engineered farce, a stage act, a charade, a ruse, or a fraud.
The Gulf Cooperation Council, in fact — lacking any serious bona fides in democracy promotion, was integral and instrumental in orchestrating the ostensible reform plan in Yemen. And this same council assured that an amnesty was included, for the great many crimes, and indeed human rights violations of the long “serving” dictator Saleh. Perhaps these anachronistic and autocratic administrations and regimes, are more than aware of their own impending doom/judgment?
The supposed plan is for the “elected” Hadi to oversee the drafting of a new constitution, the reformation of the Yemeni armed forces, and the preparation for a new round of true and multi-party elections. Many are skeptical and see Hadi, as only the continuation and perpetuation of the Saleh autocratic administration. Indeed, his son, nephews and other relatives remain in control of much of the military and security forces, and his loyalists hold key positions in ministries throughout the government.
As one opposition activist, Fouad Shujaa Aldeen has put it, “I’m am surprised at the international community. How can they support such a thing? How can they call it an election?” And another, Khaled al-Anesi, penetratingly stated, “Ali Abdullah Saleh is like Putin. He has the wealth, the media, his allies are in power. His regime is still there.”