Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bad move.  Every blink in the face of Muslim threats is another propaganda victory for the Islamists.  Evacuate non essential personnel, but bring in a few companies of Marines or Rangers to defend the property with help from the many US Air Force assets in the region.  The West should never willingly give up embassy property to terrorists of any flavor.  To do so is to lose credibility and encourage even more attacks.

This is another sad day in Americas retreat in the face of Muslin terrorism.


AP – FILE - Yemeni soldiers on top of a truck patrol the road in front of the main entrance of the US Embassy … By ANNE GEARAN and LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writers Anne Gearan And Lee Keath, Associated Press Writers

SAN'A, Yemen – The U.S. and Britain locked up their embassies in Yemen on Sunday after fresh threats from al-Qaida, and the White House expressed alarm at the terror group's expanded reach in the poor Arab nation where an offshoot apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner.

President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, cited "indications al-Qaida is planning to carry out an attack against a target" in the capital, possibly the embassy, and estimated the group had several hundred members in Yemen. Security reasons led Britain to act, too; it was not known when the embassies would reopen.

The U.S. is worried about the spread of terrorism in Yemen, a U.S. ally and aid recipient, Brennan said, but doesn't consider the country a second front with Afghanistan and Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
As to whether U.S. troops might be sent to Yemen, Brennan replied: "We're not talking about that at this point at all." He pledged to provide the Yemeni government with "the wherewithal" to take down al-Qaida.
Britain and the United States are assisting a counterterrorism police unit in

Yemen as fears grow about the increasing threat of international terrorism originating from the country.