Earlier today, U.S. drone strikes reportedly killed at least four suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen. Now, after ordering numerous embassies and consulates closed this past weekend, the U.S. State Department is urging Americans in Yemen to leave.
But let them be clear: This is not an evacuation.
Abrupt exit of most diplomats at US Embassy in Yemen 'not an evacuation,' State Dept insists http://t.co/obdwN1flAJ
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) August 6, 2013
Oh no? What would the State Department call it, then? Because it sounds to us like Yemen, long a safe haven and breeding ground for terrorists, is only growing more and more dangerous. Mistakes were made during the Bush years, but instead of correcting them, the Obama administration has only made things worse. Its foolish catch-and-release policies don’t contain terrorism; they foster it:
With embassies closed & Americans fleeing, perhaps sending terrorists from GTMO to Yemen isn't the best idea… http://t.co/ay0G7adIcf
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 6, 2013
Some Twitter users seem more upset about drone strikes than the terrorists who are threatening the safety of U.S. personnel:
US/UK embassies shut down in Yemen b/c of "Terrorist threat" meanwhile terrorists drone-bomb innocents in Yemen they have nowhere to hide
— Arshia Lakhani (@ArshiaLakhani) August 6, 2013
"@cjwerleman: U.S. drone kills 4 terrorists in Yemen. In related news: U.S. drone creates 8 new terrorists in Yemen"
— Dulce (@HeavenLeeOps) August 6, 2013
Maybe we have to evacuate US Citizens and Personnel from Yemen due to terrorist threats because we keep killing their children be their …
— Kenny Brown (@SirRichardWad) August 6, 2013
Perhaps drone opponents should support keeping Gitmo detainees in custody rather than releasing them back to the Middle East to regroup and recruit. Fewer terrorists running free means a reduced need for drone strikes. Everybody wins … except the terrorists.