Middle East Notes and Comment: A U.S. Role in Yemen
January 22, 2010
For the last month, Washington has been abuzz with talk about what the United States government should do about Yemen. Should the United States give Yemen more military aid? Should it begin a large-scale economic assistance program? Should it help Yemen establish a governmental reform program, help implement a deradicalization program, or boost special forces training? Yemen is a weak and poor nation, and the United States is a strong and wealthy one. With the right package of assistance, most assume, we can work together on shared goals. The reality is messier.