Video: “Extremely serious” threat shuts US embassy in Yemen indefinitely

posted at 2:31 pm on May 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Just weeks after an al-Qaeda convention in Yemen, the US has closed its embassy operations in the capital of Sanaa. Citing “extremely serious” threats and recent attacks on foreigners, the facility has closed its doors — indefinitely. The threat may be a reaction to the sustained drone campaign against AQAP targets following the release of the video of the massive meeting held by the terrorist network in Yemen:

The US embassy was closed to the public Thursday in Yemen after a spate of attacks against foreigners and fears that Al-Qaeda will seek revenge for a deadly offensive in the south.

“The embassy is closed today. And this will remain in effect until further notice,” an employee at the US mission in a heavily-guarded neighbourhood in northeast Sanaa, told AFP.

Police were deployed along all roads leading to the embassy and conducted a thorough inspection of vehicles in the vicinity in line with security measures put in place several months ago.

State Department spokeswoman Jan Psaki said Wednesday that the embassy would be temporarily closed to the public “due to recent attacks against Western interests in Yemen”.

It’s also possible that the threat came in reaction to a shooting in Sanaa last month that involved two embassy officers. The shooting occurred during a foiled kidnapping attempt:

Two U.S. embassy officers in Yemen shot and killed two armed men in Sanaa last month.

“The Embassy officers are no longer in Yemen,” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said in a written statement. “Per standard procedure for any such incident involving embassy officers overseas, this matter is under review.”

Harf added that the officers fired because the armed individuals were attempting to kidnap them.

Sources within the Yemeni government told CNN that the US is taking these threats more seriously than any other prior threat, even the warnings that preceded the 2012 mob attack on the compound:

Now, two Yemeni National Security officials tell CNN the plot against the Embassy is bigger than it was believed to have been.

“The U.S. government is taking this threat far more seriously than they’ve taken other credible threats against them,” explained one of the officials who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with the media.

Of great concern to Americans in Yemen is the increase in fighting in Sana’a. According to numerous officials, on Friday al Qaeda linked militants attacked two government installations – first the Political Security Headquarters, where they engaged in a firefight with Yemeni troops, and then outside the Presidential Palace, where huge clashes with the military continued. At least 4 Yemeni troops and at least 3 militants died as a result, with the death toll expected to rise. Interior Ministry and Defense Ministry officials worry the situation is deteriorating dangerously.

Earlier in the week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, targeted foreign installations in the capital – killing one French citizen who worked with the European Union Mission there.

The officials added the U.S. is taking this as a graver threat than the one encountered in 2012, when protesters breached the Embassy’s heavily secured perimeter and stormed the building.

One threat that worries the US in particular is Ibrahim al-Asiri, the AQAP bombmaker responsible for the botched Underwear Bomber plot. No one is quite sure whether Asiri is alive or dead, and the uncertainty has American counter-terrorism officials concerned, to say the least. They’re worried that Asiri will innovate a device that will succeed in getting on a plane and detonating, given enough time and opportunity, but in this case they seem to be more worried about traditional explosive deployment against their facility.

AQAP may also be targeting the embassy at this point because the Yemeni military just started a ground offensive three weeks ago against AQAP strongholds. The US and Saudi Arabia aren’t providing much support on the ground in this effort, which has Yemen frustrated. They warn that fuel shortages in particular may force the military to suspend the campaign, and one unnamed official called the situation “dire.” Perhaps that’s one way that the US can go on offense while wisely playing defense in Sanaa.


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We still have an embassy in Yemen? Why?

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

They’re worried that Asiri will innovate a device that will succeed in getting on a plane and detonating, given enough time and opportunity, but in this case they seem to be more worried about traditional explosive deployment against their facility.

There were also some SAMs out of the Libya arsenal that weren’t accounted for.

butch on May 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

We still have an embassy in Yemen? Why?

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Part of our outreach program to the Islamic community. Winning their hearts and minds. That kind of thing.

butch on May 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

But Obama has al Qaeda on the run!

John the Libertarian on May 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM

But Obama has al Qaeda on the run!

John the Libertarian on May 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM

By process of elimination we must conclude this was a tea party threat.

SoRight on May 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM

We still have an embassy in Yemen? Why?

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Part of our outreach program to the Islamic community. Winning their hearts and minds. That kind of thing.

butch on May 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

You mean “slice our hearts and brains out for grins and Middle East giggles”, don’t you?

Chuck Ef on May 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM

We still have an embassy in Yemen? Why?

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Part of our outreach program to the Islamic community. Winning their hearts and minds. That kind of thing.

butch on May 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Ah, so NASA is failing it’s mission then..

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

This has everything to do with avoiding another Benghazi.

Instead of reinforcing embassies, HUSSEIN will instead close them, exactly what a weak kneed coward would do.

Then again, why do we have embassies in the barbarian islamic world anyway?

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Ah, so NASA is failing it’s mission then..

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

One of NASA’s chief missions over the last 50 years has been to develop rockets. An important part of proper “muslim outreach” could, indeed, be achieved with rockets, that being the accurate and effective delivery of the cleansing and Holy fire of the Atom…

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Forgot to add: but I’m sure that’s not what HUSSEIN has in mind. More likely he wants muslims to steal NASA rocket technology so they can carry out jihad with atomic ICBM’s…

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You mean “slice our hearts and brains out for grins and Middle East giggles”, don’t you?

Chuck Ef on May 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM

or this.
NOT SAFE FOR WORK
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/terror-related/nsfw-human-sacrifice-r760

dmacleo on May 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

That tiny minority of extremists sure is ubiquitous.

WhatSlushfund on May 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

We still have an embassy in Yemen? Why?

bernzright777 on May 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

How else would they get travel visas, duh?

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

AQAP may also be targeting the embassy at this point because

AQAP knows we have a sniveling weakling occupying the Oval Office. The next two years are going to be pretty rough IMHO.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Is there another video out there we haven’t heard about?

truthserum on May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The US embassy was closed to the public Thursday in Yemen after a spate of attacks against foreigners and fears that Al-Qaeda will seek revenge for a deadly offensive in the south.

Would this be the same Al Qaeda that our rat-eared dictator claimed was on the run last time he ran for office? I guess after five years of fecklessness and putting more priority on getting electric chargers installed for the vehicle fleet at Vienna than on ensuring the safety of our overseas facilities has finally caught up with Obama. Here he is with a security crisis in Yemen and he can’t exactly blame it all on a YouTube video. Twice.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

How else would they get travel visas, duh?

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

It is worth pointing out that still giving visas out in muslim countries post 9/11 (half the hijackers were on expired student or travel visas) is UTTER INSANITY!!!

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Would this be the same Al Qaeda that our rat-eared dictator claimed was on the run last time he ran for office? I guess after five years of fecklessness and putting more priority on getting electric chargers installed for the vehicle fleet at Vienna than on ensuring the safety of our overseas facilities has finally caught up with Obama. Here he is with a security crisis in Yemen and he can’t exactly blame it all on a YouTube video. Twice.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

When he found out about this NO ONE WAS MADDER than Obama!

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

…might as well close them all over the world…these clowns can’t protect anybody!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I think putting a giant # Be Nice on the door would be more effective… don’t you?

/Hashtag

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM

How else would they get travel visas, duh?

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Travel visas? We ain’ got no travel visas. We don’t need no travel visas! I don’ have to show you no steenkeen’ travel visas!!

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM

obama killed osama, with his own hands.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Yemen about to turn into another Somalia?

Let the Chinese have the whole continent. We have domestic problems of our own to deal with.

Has Obama been briefed?

Joseph OHenry on May 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

obama killed osama, with his own hands.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I’m starting to think he merely redacted him.

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Just hire some locals for security. Problem solved.

NotCoach on May 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

obama killed osama, with his own hands.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I’m starting to think he merely redacted him.

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Well nobody saw Osama’s body because Obama stood at the helm of the ship and gave him an islamic blessing before he picked him up and catapulted him into the ocean… with his own hands.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

BTW,

Let’s remember who attacked the USS Cole in Aden with the loss of 17 sailors. Hint: Rhymes with Owl Keta.

Let’s also remember why the USS Cole was in Aden in October 2000. A diplomatic stunt. The Cole could have easily re-fueled at sea from a Navy oiler but Maddie Notsobright and Bill Clinton wanted a “show the flag” moment in Yemen. But, of course, without giving the Cole the rules of engagement or intelligence to adequately protect the frigate from a bomb-laden zodiac intent on ramming the ship.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Well nobody saw Osama’s body because Obama stood at the helm of the ship and gave him an islamic blessing before he picked him up and catapulted him into the ocean… with his own hands.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Where the body remains intact. Sharks wouldn’t touch him. Professional courtesy.

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM

It is worth pointing out that still giving visas out in muslim countries post 9/11 (half the hijackers were on expired student or travel visas) is UTTER INSANITY!!!

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 3:19 PM

No, it probably isn’t worth pointing out. We have to pretend that Islam is a peaceful religion and Muslim countries see the world in the same way the West does. That’s why Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon bombing was the work of “rogue” individuals and not domestic terrorism attacks by the religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Ambassador: We need get the hell out of here.

John Kerry: Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Ambassador: That’s why we need to get the hell out of here.

RadClown on May 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Winning!

BallisticBob on May 10, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Michelle needs to give a speech.

kcewa on May 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Ambassador: We need get the hell out of here.

John Kerry: Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Ambassador: That’s why we need to get the hell out of here.

RadClown on May 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Well done!

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Michelle needs to give a speech.

kcewa on May 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

With a scowl!

/That’ll teach the terrorists

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

It appears that al-Qaeda “is on the run” (as Obysmal eloquently states his claim) all over the Middle East (and Africa and Asia), particularly in the Yemen HQ.

Did the twek Psaki tweet her message about the embassy closure via a hashtag?

It looks as if the Obysmal administration is not looking forward to another “bump in the road.”

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Well nobody saw Osama’s body because Obama stood at the helm of the ship and gave him an islamic blessing before he picked him up and catapulted him into the ocean… with his own hands.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So, if I understand it correctly, our rat-eared hero must have HALO’ed in with SEAL Team Six, strangled OBL, made the kill shot just to be sure he was dead, single-handedly piloted the V-22 Osprey that took the body to the USS Carl Vinson where he personally performed Islamic burial rituals and dumped the body into the sea. And somewhere in there, he got the gang together in the situation room to take that picture.

I wonder how many LIVs think some version of this is the truth instead of the reality that while OBL was being killed by American warriors, our rat-eared hero was playing a round of golf at Fort Belvior.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Osama is dead, al Qaeda is on the run and GM is alive.

Pretty soon we’ll be recalling more embassy personnel than GM recalls cars.

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Ambassador: We need get the hell out of here.

John Kerry: Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Ambassador: That’s why we need to get the hell out of here.

RadClown on May 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Standing ovation from here!

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Pretty soon we’ll be recalling more embassy personnel than GM recalls cars.

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Oh! I don’t know about that. GM makes really crappy cars.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Did the twek Psaki tweet her message about the embassy closure via a hashtag?

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Jen Psaki and Jay Carney buy their hipster glasses in bulk at the Arlington Costco.

Seriously somebody in their mid-thirties should not be the State Department spokesperson. You need an adult in that job.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Yemen is such a sch!thole!

Lived there for a year, till a transfer, by Armand Hammer of OXY, to the luxuriousness of Dammam, Saudi Arabia…another sch!thole!

It’s like living in Detroit!

You always have to sit facing incoming customers, like policemen do.

You never know what’s coming to kill you.

So glad these young men never hesitated in protection.

Boo yah!

Yemen has always been considered the lowest on the food chain in the Middle East.

Obama is making these territories more lawless than when he found out where it was on the map.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Yemen is such a sch!thole!

Lived there for a year, till a transfer, by Armand Hammer of OXY, to the luxuriousness of Dammam, Saudi Arabia…another sch!thole!

It’s like living in Detroit!

You always have to sit facing incoming customers, like policemen do.

You never know what’s coming to kill you.

So glad these young men never hesitated in protection.

Boo yah!

Yemen has always been considered the lowest on the food chain in the Middle East.

Obama is making these territories more lawless than when he found out where it was on the map.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM

This is pretty much what the entire islamic world is like.

You are talking about people that, had they been around in the Stone Age, would never have progressed beyond fire because their only use for it would have been to kill with it.

ConstantineXI on May 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Jt’s a long way back to the Cairo speech.
The ground lost is immense,

Sooner or later a day of reckoning comes for this mans ignorance.
I dread it.

Across the board ignorance. Alinsky doesn’t build, it destroys.

We are going to pay HARD. We will suffer this fool way more in the out years than we do now.

We elected a jackass. Twice.

And we are broke. So far in debt dollar bills stacked to the moon would cover it.
WW2 add islam.

I’m not convinced we win the next one. Too many in our ranks want us to lose.

It’s a sad state of affair.

wolly4321 on May 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

“Extremely serious” threat shuts US embassy in Yemen indefinitely

So is this a story about
A. War on wemenz
B. TEA partiers are racisss
or
C. Income inequality
????

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

So, if I understand it correctly, our rat-eared hero must have HALO’ed in with SEAL Team Six, strangled OBL, made the kill shot just to be sure he was dead, single-handedly piloted the V-22 Osprey that took the body to the USS Carl Vinson where he personally performed Islamic burial rituals and dumped the body into the sea. And somewhere in there, he got the gang together in the situation room to take that picture.
Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

How Liberals view Obama

How our Enemies see Obama

How most Americans see Obama

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

These despots are pigs that run these Middle
Eastern countries.

The sad part is, the middle class in Yemen, are like prisoners like we are here. They just want the same things we want…food on the table, a good education for their children and be left alone.

I also lived in Tripoli, Libya for 6 years. (1969-1975)

I worked in Tripoli for the Govt. of Libya.
Gadaffi came through the office one day (I was a secretary, 19 years old) and “he wanted me”.

An attaché at the American Embasssy came by, and said there’s word that Gadaffi wants to “meet you”.

He advised I get out of the country right now!

I was at the airport, within 45 minutes and on a plane to Malta to get out of the country, w/o my husband!

I was at the Malta Hilton drinking a beer 4 hours later.

Thought it was overkill, until I heard that Gadaffi was as brutal as Sadam and his sons with women.

Really wish we could wipe out these Muslims…
they are so brutal to women, you’d think even Hillary would be against it.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Wow!!! You must have had a very interesting life!!

/For a typical white woman LOL

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Video: “Extremely serious” threat shuts US embassy in Yemen indefinitely

Why the hell would do we insist on putting embassies in these hell holes in the first place?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Typicalwhitewoman: The Ali column in the WSJ supports your point about the misogyny of Islam. She doesn’t just describe the atrocity of Boko Haram but the whole thinking of Muslim fundamentalism, which treats women like chattel.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303701304579549603782621352

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

The USS Cole is an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, not a frigate.

rightside on May 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Is there another video out there we haven’t heard about?

truthserum on May 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Seriously, I thought that dude was still in jail…

BigWyo on May 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Wow!

Yeah the slim ball also “wanted” Condi Rice.

You are right. And I am glad you made it out. I am really sorry for the “you are right” comment but there it is. This whole medieval thing is getting really, really old.

Chuck Ef on May 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Heaven forbid it be a spontaneous reaction to a disgusting internet video.

rightside on May 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

New hastag:

#WegoolgedYemin

Yay!!!

BigWyo on May 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Has Obama been briefed?

Joseph OHenry on May 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Well, no, he wasn’t exactly around. But don’t worry, Tommy Vietor was there, dude.

bofh on May 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Really wish we could wipe out these Muslims…
they are so brutal to women, you’d think even Hillary would be against it.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I know trolls are not paid to work today, but still, will some one , any one explain WHY Killery and other deities of Dems , who never stop yakking about women’s rights and gay rights , always aid and abet muzies who kill women and gays as a religious policy ? Is it becauz jihadies kickback a lot of money to them ?

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The USS Cole is an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, not a frigate.

rightside on May 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I stand corrected but, seriously, of all I posted that is what you wanted comment on?

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Is it becauz jihadies kickback a lot of money to them ?

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Worked really well for the House of Saud in 2008 for Obama.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Is it becauz jihadies kickback a lot of money to them ?

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Never underestimate the corrupting power of petrodollars.

But it’s also a fatal conceit that you can control your “allies” against the common enemy– Christians, American exceptionalists, etc.– before they turn on you.

Cowardice also plays it’s part. Who wants a fatwah pronounced against you every 5 minutes. Angry Muslims KILL. Others not so much…

de rigueur on May 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I stand corrected but, seriously, of all I posted that is what you wanted comment on?

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Everything you’ve ever posted is now invalid…

Sorry, but that’s how it works….

BigWyo on May 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Everything you’ve ever posted is now invalid…

Sorry, but that’s how it works….

BigWyo on May 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Damn! :0

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Wow!!! You must have had a very interesting life!!

/For a typical white woman LOL

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Key West Reader, you are a star on here, and I feel honored you’d comment!

Yes, it was quite a time and I had no idea that the world was so dangerous, being a child of a pampered Pan American Airways executive.

My heart goes out to these young girls in Africa.

I hate these Progressives that fight against us, Conservatives, that think we are a bigger threat than Muslims.

I have seen a beheading (by accident) in the downtown square of Tripoli and this is not the stuff you want in your memory.

America is such a wonderful beacon…even now.
We must fight, fight, fight!

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Worked really well for the House of Saud in 2008 for Obama.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Seems like the sauds didn’t get their money’s worth :(
After buying his high end education , his lavish lifestyle and drug habits before he was somebody to giving free hajj trips to his entire Kenyan family more than once , to loading him up with pure gold ( and those are the things which we know about , since we don’t know anything about Mooch’s extravagant vacays with her friends and family to foreign lands , YET ) , Hussein turned into a piece of Shiite wagging his tail for the Iranians and hamas ( khalidi, Valerie ).
No wonder sauds will have to get it this time with WahaBillary and Huma .
Maybe WahaBillary will stop the Shiite nukes for the sauds , afterall if iran is not stopped , mullahs will capture the kabah and control islam as their first order of business.
We Americans are just being kept distracted with all these wars and hashtags .

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I understand why some commenters think that we shouldn’t still have embassies in these areas, but there is at least one good reason for them- There are U.S. citizens who live or visit some of these places, and an embassy provides a safe (compared with the rest of the country) place to go if they get into trouble.

Also, my mom says: Where better to spy from?

Cheshire_Kat on May 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Where better to spy from?

Cheshire_Kat on May 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

It might have been that that is what these embassies were used for,
but since January 2009, they are just clearing houses for weapons and cash from US government for jihad.

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

America is such a wonderful beacon…even now.
We must fight, fight, fight!

Typicalwhitewoman on May 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

You should post your story or perhaps start a blog or something… Seems like you’ve had an amazing life!

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Where better to spy from?

Cheshire_Kat on May 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

It might have been that that is what these embassies were used for,
but since January 2009, they are just clearing houses for weapons and cash from US government for jihad.

burrata on May 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

This is why Benghazi is so important. I firmly believe that Elijah Cummings is directly involved in some way. There was a reason that Pelosi gave him a pseudo-title back in the day. The man actually said, “I’m not bringing a noose to my own hanging”.

Something seriously stinks… like a steaming pile of Obama.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I’m sure Obama on this. He’s monitoring the situation very closely……from the golf course

jaywemm on May 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Øbama’s response, “I can see Yemen from the clubhouse.”

Mojave Mark on May 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

It is worth pointing out that still giving visas out in muslim countries post 9/11 (half the hijackers were on expired student or travel visas) is UTTER INSANITY!!!

ConstantineXI

Those weren’t expired visas, they just lost them. We don’t need to talk about it though. Talking about it offends future terrorists who want to come here and oversta…err, I mean “lose” their visa. And we wouldn’t want to offend anyone now would we?

xblade on May 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

This is part of the pusillanimous policy of “run away”. I’m surprised they didn’t use the Clinton doctrine of removing their security but leaving the people in Yemen like she did in Benghazi.

crosspatch on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

[insert clever, but gratuitous comparison between this and the Benghazi tragedy here]

Knott Buyinit on May 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM