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

    lol @ mmmm not an advocate just opinionated havent you heard?? 🙂

    December 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ Pete, you DO KNOW dignaries get a free pass right?? So the cost gets passed down to the taxpayers!!! Not to mention the cost when all hell breaks loose!!! PLUS it just isnt right!!!!!!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    MAYBE THERE WILL COMPLICATIONS IN THE OPERATING ROOM, TO MUCH ANESTHESIA,THE SLIP OF A SCALPEL ,INFECTION.MAYBE THE CHARTS COULD GET MIXED UP. HE WOULDNT BE A DICKTATOR NOMORE, DICLESSTATOR THEN HE HE

    December 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    oops meant dignataries!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmfao @ DRAK yea that would be great if we wanted to start world war 3!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Giant

    @chrissy dont respond to racist drak its bad for every body who wants to blog we need to get rid of this guy

    December 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laurence Ringo

    I think Bombo had the right idea;why does'nt guy go to Saudi Arabia? Or are the saudis and the Yemenites at odds with each other? Frankly that would'nt be surprising;who do Muslims"get along"with? If I have to hear one more time about Islam being a religion of"peace"I'll lose it!That must be the biggest unfunny joke in existence.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ giant, DRAK a racist? Why would you say that?

    December 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    and i dont know why im responding to you even since im sure we have never spoke before!!

    December 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Hey, Drak.
    How goes it?

    @Giant:
    Drak is about as racist as I am.
    Which is to say, not at all.

    @Bombo:
    I agree.
    Why is he coming here?
    Massive mistake.
    I wouldn't give him a band-aid.
    His people, yes.
    Him? Not so much.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Laurence Ringo:

    Islam is the religion of peace, only to other Islamics, though.
    Everybody else is fair game.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    ILL TAKE JIF S ADVICE ,SOMETHINGS ARE BEST IGNORED:)

    December 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ giant, so let me understand you correctly, calling people *white trash* isnt what YOU consider racist??? W-T-F kinda rational is that???

    December 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol @ DRAK, guess you just know i cant do that! 🙂 but im kinda thinkin giant is assuming your the brainfart longwinded person in previous post cuz of the CAPS! LOL

    December 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DjkrB

    Dear CNN:

    Congratulations.

    Your boards are the biggest joke in blogdom.

    Your “report abuse” button is apparently disabled, because nothing is ever done about the vitriolic and disgusting garbage that is posted here.

    These boards are now know as a safe haven for schoolchildren trolls who like potty humor.
    Please post a thread about feces and fetish s*e*x, because that is all that is ever posted anymore anyway.

    Perhaps this way, they will post on that thread, and leave the serious posters here alone.

    The contempt that CNN shows its readers and posters by not moderating this blog is reprehensible.

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    December 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
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