View Full Version : Drone strike kills 7 in Yemen

08-07-2013, 06:38 AM
On the face of it it seems that the threat eminating from Yemen may have been neutralised.
"Officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least seven alleged al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a day after the U.S. State Department ordered its non-essential staff to leave the country amid concerns of a possible terrorist attack."

And from the Yemeni Government:

We were discussing earlier at home that in reality AK didn't need to actually do anything to cause a great deal of disruption, just allow their opponents to think they might.

Rich Jones
08-07-2013, 07:36 AM
Let's hope they got the right guys.

08-07-2013, 09:02 AM
... suspected drone has killed alleged militants amid concerns of possible terrorist attack."

Potentially marvelous.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-07-2013, 09:09 AM

We love to go a murderin'
while staying safe at home.
we dont need guns or boot and all
but great big RC Drones.

08-07-2013, 09:56 AM
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.
If the President orders a drone strike the Right Wingnuts squeal “Killer!”, if he doesn't launch the drones they rise up on their hind legs and scream “Benghazi !"

David W Pratt
08-07-2013, 10:13 AM
Why do they even have "non-essential staff" over there?

08-07-2013, 10:14 AM
"At least seven Al Qaeda.."


Hakim al-Masmari, the editor of the Yemen Post, told Al Jazeera that local sources indicated at least one of the people killed in the US drone strike on Wednesday was "an al-Qaeda member".

08-07-2013, 10:15 AM
I agree, Shang.

At the same time, it's been most interesting to see the global convergence on the current sense of "threat," and hear the talking points describing how useful the programs Snowden described are in detecting and potentially addressing the threat.

Thing is, we have no independent corroboration that there was any new and serious threat which was unearthed. A cynic might argue that there was precisely no heightened threat ... barring the threat that the surveillance program was gonna get more heat than it could politically withstand.

The problem with prevention, of any type, is that in the great majority of cases you really can't put a number on what you've prevented. And even if you can, it's desperately difficult to convincingly explain it to a lay person.

08-07-2013, 10:19 AM
It's very important for US media to reinforce the success of this technology. We aim, shoot, kill, success. Actual on the ground reporting isn't part of the story just as it wasn't in Iraq.

08-07-2013, 10:32 AM
I would think actual on the ground reporting is not possible. What, are you volunteering to be an imbedded reporter with Al Qaeda?

Cuyahoga Chuck
08-07-2013, 11:21 AM
Why do they even have "non-essential staff" over there?

Believe it or not, the entire government, here or abroad, is run by bureaucrats who know how the system works and can get things done. They are the non-essentials spoken of because it's not their job to protect the ambassador, protect the building from take over or destroy sensative documents and equipment should an enemy show signs of getting inside. Most of our major embassies also have people who are, essentially, undercover agents. I don't know which catagory they are in.

08-07-2013, 11:54 AM
A lot of folks don't understand that the marines are not there to protect the embassy or it's people. They are there to protect the documents.