Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/middleeast/yemen-special-operations-missions.html?_r=0
Summary
On February 2nd of 2017, the United States navy Seal Team Six initiated a raid upon Yemen. However, Yemen leaders were not fully informed upon the details of attack. This was not a raid upon the citizens, this was a raid upon the terrorists whom live within the area. According to the Pentagon, the main objective was to recover laptop computers, cell phones, and other data that could help the United States fill in the blanks of what we do not know about Al Qaeda living in the Arabian peninsula. This raid was claimed to be a success by numerous military leaders, but also declared a failure by others. Even though this was a raid on terrorists, citizens, including children, were caught in the cross fire. Although, this was not the first time this happened. Over the past couple of years the United States government launched many drone attacks upon Yemen, in which many civilians have been not targeted, but caught in the cross fire. Yemen does not want to risk the further loss of civilian lives. Being so, Yemen Withdrew permission for the U.S. Anti terror Ground Missions, which means that the U.S. no longer has permission to pursue one of the most dangerous terrorists group who are a threat to our own nation. The attacks relate to WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor because ever since Al Qaeda attacked the U.S. on 911, America displayed relentless brutality in defeating the enemy, just as the U.S. did in WWII against the Japanese.
Discussion Questions:
1.) Was this attack a justified act by the United States government?
2.) Why do you think Yemen intelligence was not notified?
3.) Even though not mentioned, what role do you think President Donald Trump played in the initiation of the attack?

5 comments:

  1. The Yemen crisis is far beyond anything this article has outlined, and actually dates back to the Cold War (which we will learn shortly). Excellent article here: http://www.cfr.org/yemen/yemen-crisis/p36488
    Yemen lacks a consolidated central government with control over its citizens that the US and many other countries have enjoyed. This makes communications with Yemen leaders difficult, as there is no guarantee the information will actually be passed to the people. Furthermore, "relentless brutality" describes terrorism just as well as it does US attacks... I agree that the US should correctly and clearly identify threats from citizens, especially when lives are at risk. I believe Yemen is reactionary in their withdrawl of permissions, as they are not only a threat to the US, but the entire world including Yemen itself. Breaking ties with one of the most powerful military (which has had a large hand in establishing the central government out of a disastrous Civil War in the first place) will ultimately hurt Yemen. As for the connection to Trump (which seems to be where all these stories end up?) I doubt he has much to do with this. The military campaign in Yemen has been a long-fought battle that has occurred through numerous presidencies.

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  2. I see your point, however, this is not intended to outline the Yemen crisis but how and why they withdrew united states permission to conduct military operations.

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    1. I understand what you're saying. I just think that to ignore the history (which is the fault of the article, not you) is to not fully explore the causes of the withdrawal.

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  3. I don't think this action was justified because just like was said, lots of civilian lives had been lost with the occurrences. Lots of people are getting killed over something that seems to be a sort of revenge plan. Although not mentioned, Donald Trump could have had a major impact on these actions because he doesn't favor the muslims. All he is doing is creating fear and hate.

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  4. The article does say Trump approved the raid. To answer number two, Austin brings up a nice point.

    Doing military operations in the Middle east isn't the easiest thing in the world as developing nations don't have well-established governments to work with, well established legal systems, etc. One might say that the U.S. did not want to risk the time/date of the raid to be leaked, but I'm no expert.

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