|Yemen President Seleh|
Although something of a dictator, he has been in power for decades and been credited with successfully reuniting North and South Yemen. Even his leaving has demonstrated his political dexterity. Conditions for his leaving office are rumored to include retaining his accumulated wealth and being guaranteed immunity from prosecution for anything he did while in office (a deal Mubarak and Gadhaffi would have loved). He gave a speech on this subject in which he warned that following his departure al Qaeda would step in and take power in Yemen.
He may very well be right. In backing “the people seeking democratic reform” in Yemen, the United States my have unintentionally given al Qaeda an opening to gain control in that country. Unfortunately for us, there does not seem to be any choice. We will just have to wait and see if Yemen can hold free, democratic elections –and if so, who or what gets elected.
I see there is a little trouble in paradise for the Iranians. It seems that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneni, and his hand-picked protégé, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are having a little power struggle.
Ahmadinejad recently fired the countries head of intelligence but was quickly over-ruled by the Supreme Leader who had the man reinstated. Ahmadinejad protested by not attending cabinet meetings. The Supreme leader then asked one of the ministers to put together a care taker cabinet capable of taking control in the event that Ahmadinejad was “unable to continue in office”. That subtle little move got the Iranian President back to the Cabinet meetings…..
President Obama visited Ireland and it appears his visit was very successful. From what I have seen, everyone had a very good time. My Irish friends are much more impressed with the President than many of us here in the United States are. I find that interesting when you consider the fact that the Irish are having a hard time economically resulting from over reaching and over spending policies –something President Obama and the Democrats seem to be addicted to.
Well, everything depends on your point of view and people outside the U.S. are far more concerned with our foreign policy than our domestic policy. And, you must admit, the President does know how to give a good speech.
Live Long and Prosper….