We just hope he can work in some time to keep tabs on his NCAA brackets in between rounds of golf and Middle East allies collapsing.
Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do “anything necessary” to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.
In an unusual tableau, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States announced the rare military operation by his country at a Washington news conference about a half-hour after the bombing began. The strikes started at 7 p.m. EDT, he said.
Loud, house-shaking explosions could be heard in the Yemen capital of Sanaa and fire and smoke could be seen in the night sky, according to an Associated Press correspondent whose home is near the military airbase in the capital.
Oh well, it’s not as if Yemen was ever important.
“The White House does continue to believe that a successful counter-terrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to take the fight to extremists in their own country,” Earnest told reporters at the White House. “That is a template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat that we face from extremists in places like Yemen.”
We’d hate to see what they consider failure. Meanwhile, our “negotiating partners in Iran are getting frisky.
Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes, U.S. officials say.
U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of Sana, the capital, in September, which led the U.S.-backed president to flee to Aden.
For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government to track and kill Al Qaeda operatives, and President Obama had hailed Yemen last fall as a model for counter-terrorism operations elsewhere.
Hey, what are you going to do? Well, how about we let these maniacs get nukes? What could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile, our esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winner has everything in check, so it’s time to hit the links, obviously.
President Obama will be vacationing in South Florida this weekend, sources have confirmed for WPBF 25 News.
The president is expected to stay at the Florida National Golf Club, which is in Palm City and Port St. Lucie. Obama made a similar trip to the area in February of 2013.
Like last time, he’s expected to spend much of his time playing golf.
“That’s fantastic,” said Johanna Morphew of Port St. Lucie. “It’ll be nice to have him in town.”
“It’s good,” said Raphael Martinez of Port St. Lucie. “Get some attention. Get Port St. Lucie in the news.”
Good Lord, where do they find these people? Well, we’re sure Obama will stay in touch as World War III unfolds:
Outside of Yemen, the Saudis, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran & Afghanistan, the Middle East is pretty peaceful
— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 26, 2015
This pretty much says it all:
— Marshall Power Locke (@MarshallLocke) March 26, 2015