Congress irrelevant? War #4 is here in Yemen
The Blaze reports:
WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) — The New York Times says the Obama administration has intensified the covert U.S. war in Yemen, hitting militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets.
The newspaper says the accelerated campaign has occurred in recent weeks as conflict in Yemen has left the government there struggling to cling to power.
The report, posted on the newspaper’s website late Wednesday, says Yemeni troops who had been battling militants linked to al-Qaida in the south have been pulled back to the capital. American officials hope the strikes will help prevent militants from consolidating power.
A drone strike by U.S. special operations forces on May 5 targeted U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but missed, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters
Glenn said, “When did that happen? Who’s authorized that? Where’s congress on this? Where’s the Pentagon on this? Where is anybody telling the American people the truth of what we’re doing?”
Stu said that even if you didn’t know much about Iraq, you knew we went in there opposed to Saddam Hussein – but with Yemen it is unclear why we are there.
“Am I the only person who had a moment when I heard that the U.S. was bombing Yemen, which was odd, and I’ve never had this under any other president at any other time? When you hear about a war starting, don’t you always know what side you’re on?” Stu said. “The Yemen thing, I didn’t know if we were defending the president who just got attacked by rockets or we’re trying to ouster. I don’t know which one ‑ It says militants, but look at Libya. Both sides are militants. I don’t know. We’re taking the president out of this one. I think we’re defending them in Yemen.”
“We are in big trouble,” Glenn warned.