There are two ports in that area of Yemen for oil export mostly. Al Qaeda has tried to blow one of the ports up but the attempt was foiled by Yemen intel/military.<quoted text>
I heard this morning that AQ intends to take control of a pipeline and the port it supplies.
That sounds more like they plan to go into business than execute a terror attack.
I'm still not buying it, its too convenient and it reeks of the bad ol' Bush days.
Yemen's government needs help in fending of AQ, the US is providing the best satellite intel on the planet in combination with some well placed drone strikes. Six AQ types were killed during the past 48 hrs with dozens wounded.
We can't send troops to the middle East__that just becomes too fn ugly__yet that's the path that Republican leadership would take.
Drone's, cruise missiles etc. are the only viable options available to the US. Even our mercenary army, the highly paid CIA operatives and contractors have been exposed and exploited by eager journalists and no nothing talking heads.
We've cut back militarily in the middle East under Obama but we can't pull out.