Who Is the Enemy? The Terrorists or Us?
posted at 9:23 am on December 28, 2009 by The Other McCain
Yemen now becomes one of the centers of that fight. I was in Yemen in August. And we have a growing presence there, and we have to, of Special Operations, Green Berets, intelligence. We’re working well with the government of President Saleh there.
I leave you with this thought that somebody in our government said to me in the Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face. (Emphasis added.)
Ann Althouse calls attention to a New York Times article outlining U.S. anti-terror efforts in Yemen — the exact sort of preemptive action that Lieberman was advocating, but which Ackerman denounces as warmongering.
What’s the problem here? I try to explain in my latest American Spectator column:
When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate an explosive aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, liberals were quick to warn against the clear and present danger.
It wasn’t the threat of al Qaeda-trained bombers blowing up Detroit-bound planes that concerned them. Rather, liberals feared that Americans might blame the Obama administration for failing to protect them from terrorists or — perhaps even worse — demand action against the violent extremists who want to kill us all . . .