90 Miles From Tyranny : Obama Administration Defends Its Mideast Policy Despite Obvious Failure..

Monday, January 26, 2015

Obama Administration Defends Its Mideast Policy Despite Obvious Failure..

As chaos in Yemen continued to escalate, Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff,  appeared on all five major talk shows on Sunday to defend the administration’s counterterrorism efforts in the region.

“I think it’s very important to recognize that governance in Yemen has always been difficult,” McDonough said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

“We will continue to press actors on the ground including today to make decisions transparently pursuant to a political agreement so that we can work with them to keep on the offensive against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. But we can’t be responsible for every government in the region. We have to make sure that they’re doing that themselves.”

Yemen’s U.S.-backed President, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, resigned last week shortly after striking a deal that would give the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels more power. The country is home to the terror cell al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and some officials say the...
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