First, we’re not permittted to be there. Arab League secretary Amr Moussa has ruled out western military intervention to fight Al-Qaeda in Yemen, saying there is no way to repeat the experience of Afghanistan, even after the explosive parcels targeted for the U.S. He is asking for assistance from all Arab countries in the Arabian Gulf, due to its critical strategic location.
Second, the U.S. will probably bolster diplomtic pressure to encourage vulnerable others in the Arab League to come to Yemen’s aid. Moussa said that he will hold meetings and visit a number of Arab countries to discuss how they can support Yemen in this crucial juncture. The U.S. can diplomatically “sweeten” his pleas. Questionable reports of the West thinking about military intervention to destroy AQAP in Yemen after the recent mail bomb plots are only rumors. The U.S. has denied these reports and assured Moussa that there will be NO military intervention.
Third, America simply doesn’t need to send in armored Marine divisions. True, the U.S. now perceives AQAP as more dangerous than the main Al-Qaeda group of Bin Laden. But, America plans to support Yemeni authorities financially and technically. Besides we’ve learned quickly how to fight asymmetric warfare. Click HERE to learn about this new strategy.
Fourth, we have learned to fight the shadow war; insurgent weaklings can beat superpower giants. It’s called asymmetric warfare. Behind closed doors with Yemeni officials, a harmonious decision was made to send in military advisers, surveillance satellites and drone aircraft, undercover CIA and DOD intelligence-gathering agents, and small special ops teams for surgical strikes against AQAP. No news media reporters will be embedded in these clandestine operations. Click HERE to see the learn about the substantial CIA buildup in Yemen.
DECLASSIFIED SECRETS-2 believes we don’t need to spread our main battlefield soldiers thinner in the war against radical Islam. In asymmetric warfare, whoever said a super power can’t become lop-sided, too. Undercover CIA and DOD intelligence officers, stealthy raids by small special ops teams, Yemeni-approved U.S. air force support, secretive predator and reaper drone patrols, and supplying Yemeni troops with weaponry and training would work better than massive armored Marine divisions.
Fifth, the Domino Effect is real in this part of the world. Yemen’s struggle with the AQAP cries out for other Arab peninsular states to enter the struggle. Diplomacy with these vulnerable Arab states is critical. Moussa is in a position to persuade them to put boots on Yemeni soil. If Yemen falls, they’re next.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes about the US intelligence community on his DECLASSIFIED SECRETS-2 site.