Obama’s Yemen Success Story: Yemen President Flees Home

Remember when Obama was touting Yemen as a success story? The collapse of that narrative continues

(Fox News) Yemen’s embattled president has reportedly fled his home in Aden Wednesday to an undisclosed location at Shiite rebels near his last refuge

Officials told The Associated Press about the president hours after the television station owned by the revels reported they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against Al Qaeda.

The air base is just 60 miles outside Aden. The port city is where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi established a temporary capital.

Witnesses told the Associated Press they saw a convoy of presidential vehicles Wednesday leaving Hadi’s palace, located at the top of a hill in Aden overlooking the Arabian Sea.

And an update to the story (which I drafted before work this a.m., and has the wrong link in the first place, hence the reason for no link above)

(Fox News)  Yemeni security and port officials say that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has left the country by sea, on a boat from the port of Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advance on this southern city.

The officials told The Associated Press that Hadi left with his aides after 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The entourage departed by two boats, under heavy security. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

This is actually rather sad, but not unexpected. Obama has been good on going after Islamic jihadis, using drone strikes and special forces primarily, yet, his foreign policy has been chaotic and less than cogent. It more resembles that of a 3 year old, essentially living in the now, rather than planning ahead. Like most of the O policies. It’s like social media: what’s trending now.

That said, this can’t all be placed on the feckless policies of the Obama administration. We very much have to consider the continued rise of extremist Islamic groups and sentiment, which, yes, has been stoked very much within not just the Middle Eastern and other nations, but also by those within the governments and the ruling elites, often playing a two faced game. In reality, Obama could have been perfect on fighting Islamic terrorism, and this still could have happened. Yemen has long been a cesspool for Islamic radicalism.

Meanwhile, while I’m over at Fox

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken captive by the Taliban after abandoning his post in Afghanistan and later freed in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees, will be charged with desertion, a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

Awesome. We gave away 5 hardcore Taliban members for this guy. As Allahpundit notes

I’m honestly surprised, not because the evidence against him is thin — ask any of the guys in his unit — but because this is so humiliating for the White House. Five Taliban degenerates in exchange for a guy who wandered away from the safety of his base, huh?

I wonder if the commander-in-chief, who thought that nutty prisoner swap was going to besome sort of political victory for him, is surprised too.

Obama will probably learn about it on the news.

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