A Senate committee chairman says the United States should consider whether air strikes, armed drones and clandestine operations are necessary in Yemen to defeat al Qaeda militants there.
Yesterday's remark by Democratic Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the armed services committee, was a rare admission by a senior official that direct US military action in Yemen is possible, if it has not happened already. Such operations are highly classified.
Levin was speaking after a three-day trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The White House and Pentagon have said they have no plans to send ground troops to Yemen, and Yemen has made it clear it would not want them. Remaining options would include covert strikes against al Qaeda targets and increased aid to help train and equip Yemeni security forces.
General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, has said he would like to double military aid to Yemen, which now runs at about US$67 million ($89 million).
Levin said drone attacks similar to those conducted in Pakistan should be considered because they had succeeded in crippling al Qaeda forces along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He said he would expect the quiet permission of Yemen's Government.
Comment: I will offer this quote by Alexis de Tocqueville, "All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."
Levin and his cohorts in the US Senate are destroying this nation. The time has long since past for the States to regain control of this spiraling country.