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Feinstein, McCain Want US Troops Deployed in Yemen

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Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain both publicly stated that they are in favor of putting US troops smack into the middle of a civil war going on in Yemen. Having apparently learned nothing from the previous decade of faceplants in the Middle East, the senators want to escalate America’s involvement in Yemen from drone strikes to boots on the ground. Previously the drone strike campaign was carried out with the government of Yemen’s support but now there is no real government in Yemen thanks to an insurgency campaign launched by a militant group known as the Houthis.

The Houthis successfully ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who resigned last Thursday, January 22nd. President Hadi had continued the partnership with the US counterterrorism program, granting the US the right to attack jihadists in the country, principally through drone strikes. Now that Hadi is gone with no replacement the authority for the US to continue its counterterror program is murky with some reports indicating that it has been seriously disrupted.

Enter Feinstein and McCain:

Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special ops forces to hotspots around the Middle East. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to the president, who has said he doesn’t want to increase the U.S. military presence in Yemen despite the deteriorating security condition in that country.

McCain — a Republican who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee — and Feinstein tell CBS’ “Face the Nation” that special operations forces in particular may be necessary to blunt Iranian influence in various spots in the region. Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the U.S. needs more human intelligence in the region and so it won’t rely so heavily on intelligence gathered by technical means.

Blunt Iranian influence? You know what would have blunted Iranian influence? Not overthrowing Saddam Hussein and turning Baghdad over to an Iranian-aligned government – a policy both Feinstein and McCain supported and promoted. Luckily for them the power of incumbency and the campaign contributions they receive from shilling for Big Business has led to there being no consequences for advocating such moronic policies.

Now Feinstein and McCain would like the US to send more ground troops into a country in the middle of a civil war to save a genuinely stupid program in Yemen that has done little but fuel anti-Americanism. There are a lot of reasons to be embarrassed by the US political system, but one of the more obvious reasons is it produces senators like Feinstein and McCain who can’t learn basic lessons from events they were directly involved in.

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Feinstein And McCain Want US Troops In Yemen

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Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain both publicly stated that they are in favor of putting US troops smack into the middle of a civil war going on in Yemen. Having apparently learned nothing from the previous decade of faceplants in the Middle East, the senators want to escalate America’s involvement in Yemen from drone strikes to boots on the ground. Previously the drone strike campaign was carried out with the government of Yemen’s support but now there is no real government in Yemen thanks to an insurgency campaign launched by a militant group known as the Houthis.

The Houthis successfully ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who resigned last Thursday, January 22nd. President Hadi had continued the partnership with the US counterterrorism program, granting the US the right to attack jihadists in the country, principally through drone strikes. Now that Hadi is gone with no replacement the authority for the US to continue its counterterror program is murky with some reports indicating that it has been seriously disrupted.

Enter Feinstein and McCain:

Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special ops forces to hotspots around the Middle East. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to the president, who has said he doesn’t want to increase the U.S. military presence in Yemen despite the deteriorating security condition in that country.

McCain — a Republican who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee — and Feinstein tell CBS’ “Face the Nation” that special operations forces in particular may be necessary to blunt Iranian influence in various spots in the region. Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the U.S. needs more human intelligence in the region and so it won’t rely so heavily on intelligence gathered by technical means.

Blunt Iranian influence? You know what would have blunted Iranian influence? Not overthrowing Saddam Hussein and turning Baghdad over to an Iranian-aligned government – a policy both Feinstein and McCain supported and promoted. Luckily for them the power of incumbency and the campaign contributions they receive from shilling for Big Business has led to there being no consequences for advocating such moronic policies.

Now Feinstein and McCain would like the US to send more ground troops into a country in the middle of a civil war to save a genuinely stupid program in Yemen that has done little but fuel anti-Americanism. There are a lot of reasons to be embarrassed by the US political system, but one of the more obvious reasons is it produces senators like Feinstein and McCain who can’t learn basic lessons from events they were directly involved in.

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