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U.S. Missle Strike in Yemen

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/18/launched-missile-strikes-al-qaeda-yemen-sources-say/

The U.S. has launched two missile strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Yemen, two U.S. officials told Fox News, signaling an escalation of the Obama administration’s fight against the terrorist organization.

The politically sensitive strikes Thursday, first reported by ABC News, supplement efforts already under way by the government of Yemen to go after Al Qaeda in the country, the officials told Fox News, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the operation.

Such an operation is particularly sensitive in Yemen. “It’s very difficult for Yemen to ask the U.S. for help given the nature of their population and its views about the West,” one official said. “And the U.S. doesn’t want to compromise their ability to ask for help.”

The United States has faced similar concerns in Pakistan, where reports of U.S. drone attacks on militants are common – but never acknowledged publicly by the U.S. or by Pakistan.

In the new attacks, cruise missiles on Obama’s orders hit a suspected Al Qaeda training camp north of Sanaa, the capital, and another site, where terrorists were thought to be plotting an attack on the U.S., ABC News reported, citing unnamed administration officials.

A Yemeni official contacted by ABC News insisted that the attacks were carried out by Yemen, not the United States. Yemeni forces also reportedly have targeted Al Qaeda in raids conducted at three locations.

Another theater of war, huh? Why can’t we just give money to the Yemeni Shia in their rebellion instead? I mean, Yemen donates so much money to jihad that we should at least be donating money to their enemies.

I wonder how soon until we start bombing Iran.

I read somewhere today Iran took over a disputed Iraqi oil well.

[quote]Gkhan wrote:
I read somewhere today Iran took over a disputed Iraqi oil well.[/quote]

Iran has been controlling all of southern Iraq for quite some time. If there are shia in charge you can bet your ass they are getting direction directly from Tehran.

We need to repair our relationship and let them take official control of southern Iraq. At least that way the are footing the bill. We could also negotiate a Kurdish state and get them to give up aspirations of controlling that part of Iraq.

It’s the lazy Arabs that we need to worry about. Their oil is as good as Iranian if we don’t continue to spend billions protecting it or start working with Iran in the Middle East.

We can no longer afford to protect all of the Middle East from Iran. Taking out Saddam only insures we will be spending even more. Same for the Taliban. We just took out two of Iran’s 3 biggest enemies in the Middle East.

We need to acknowledge Iran’s status in the Middle East.

We lift sanctions, give them southern Iraq (saves us cash), quit funding their enemies (saves us cash), help them with their oil production efficiency, and maybe a few others.

They give up aspirations of taking Arab oil (saves us cash), give up aspirtions taking over key routes of energy transport (saves us cash), and quit funding war against Israel (saves us cash).

They could also assist in fighter our mutual enemy. Radical

[quote]dhickey wrote:

It’s the lazy Arabs that we need to worry about. Their oil is as good as Iranian if we don’t continue to spend billions protecting it or start working with Iran in the Middle East.
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The one’s in Iraq just awarded most of the countrie’s oil operations to Russia.

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/12/13/business/20091213071019&sec=business

this is the same Russian oil company which had contracts under Saddam.

[quote]Gkhan wrote:

[quote]dhickey wrote:

It’s the lazy Arabs that we need to worry about. Their oil is as good as Iranian if we don’t continue to spend billions protecting it or start working with Iran in the Middle East.
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The one’s in Iraq just awarded most of the countrie’s oil operations to Russia.

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/12/13/business/20091213071019&sec=business

this is the same Russian oil company which had contracts under Saddam.[/quote]

Iran is not the best choice to develop oil fields. They may be the least efficient at extracting their own oil. They do, however, want to control distribution of oil and natty gas.

It’s the Arabs with developed oil fields and no means to protect them that lean heavily on the US and our tax payers.

You are correct.

I am talking about IRAQ’S oil fields now being operated by a Russian company.

And everyone thought the Iraq war was about the US getting it’s hands on oil.