U.S. decision on Yemen risks worsening violence
December 27th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

U.S. decision on Yemen risks worsening violence

Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will be allowed to come to the United States for medical treatment in New York, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday.

While the White House hopes the move could ease tensions in Yemen, analysts said it could incite further violence, weaken U.S. standing, and potentially help empower al Qaeda.

The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record because of the sensitivity of the issue, acknowledged that there was a debate within the administration.

The United States does not want to come across as providing safe haven to a dictator responsible for a violent, deadly crackdown on an uprising, the source said.

The decision was made in hope that Saleh's departure from Yemen could ease tensions in the country and help pave the way toward elections next year, the official said.

But it could have the opposite effect, said Brahma Chellaney, professor of Strategic Studies at the Center for Policy Research based in New Delhi.

"For the United States to give him refuge only incites more violence in Yemen," said Chellaney. "And it unnecessarily whips up anti-American passions. The last thing the United States should be doing is giving the impression that it is actually sheltering Saleh."

On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials were considering Saleh's request to come to America "for the sole purpose of seeking medical treatment."

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  1. chrissy

    JUST SAY NO!! It seems pretty easy to me!

    December 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chumlee

    Bad move Obama – why does he need to come to the US for medical treatment? Is there not a medical facility in his
    part of the world where he can receive care?

    This is a dictator, a killer, a bad guy.

    Obama you have errored!

    December 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    No, no, no, no, NO!
    Sure, come on in, get well, go back, and plot sh!t against the US.
    Nononononoonononono!!

    December 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lmao @ banasy! Now that was relatively easy wasnt it ?

    December 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Way easy, chrissy, way easy!

    December 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Funny how others find it soooo difficult to say! And since this came from an *authorized* source it isxt exactly authentic is it??

    December 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MKULTRA BRAINCHIPMAN

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    December 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      You are WITHOUT any doubt the biggest LOON to waste everyones time and space in the entire universe of blogs !

      December 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tabitha

    DUDE!! Would you STOP spreadin ur racist crap! Dang

    December 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    NO NO NO ,THEY ARE NOT COMING FOR ME, IF THEY GET 1000YDS FROM MY HOUSE THEY WILL GET A WARM WELCOME WITH AN AK47 ALWAYS LOADED LOT OF CLIPS AND ENOUGH ROUNDS TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE, UNLIKE YOUR SENCELESS BABBLE.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      illiterate crap

      December 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Some things are to be ignored.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    Let him go to Saudi Arabia. They've taken in plenty of deposed dictators over the years. They've got lots of the best state-of-the-art medical equipment with doctors, nurses, and technicians trained in North America and Europe. Much of the best is reserved for the royal family. I'm sure they can share with a man of his stature.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      HEY! Our economy stinks...anything we can peel out of his stolen funds will help.

      December 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    lol @ BOMBO, yea that might be one place i would tell him 2 go! Depending on my mood of course! Another thing that troubles me is that this country DIDNT keep its promise 2 the iraq citizens that helped us in the war effort, why should they help this man!

    December 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    you go chrissy! chrissy the advocate...

    December 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pete/Ark

    It's a great opportunity...think how much (stolen) money he and his retainers will spend here. Ya'll come on in an' set a spell.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ Pete, im bettin you might be someone who thinks health care cost in our country is too high?? If we go on this path it will get much higher you can bet on that, not to mention it just plain isnt right!

    December 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      (a) they ARE too high (b) all I'm saying that those who say he should go to Saudi or elsewhere have no foresight...he'll have to pay full costs..his entourage will pay food,hotels,etc,etc,etc...let's boost our economy at his expense.

      December 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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