Guest Post: Media And Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides A Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term Importance

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US and Western European political leaders have begun to focus on Yemen as a source of projected instability and as a haven for jihadist terrorism against the West.

This simplistic and overly narrow view has largely been a reaction to media reporting of the links of alleged (and unsuccessful) Nigerian-born terrorist bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to a radical Yemeni group, and to intense ongoing fighting between insurgents and Yemeni and Saudi government forces on the Yemen-Saudi border.

The reality is far more complex and far-reaching.

The situation has a long history which has been ignored — or which has lacked priority — as far as Western intelligence services have been concerned. The current reaction has been one in which the US and UK leaderships, in particular, have merely elected to follow the media outrage over the alleged links between Abdulmutallab and  “al-Qaida” training camps in Yemen. However, there is a contextual and vitally-linked pattern of activities and competition which engages, among others, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states, Russia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, Yemen, Djibouti, Libya, and others.

Western states and the great Asian trading states are essentially unable, or unwilling, to enter comprehensively into the matrix, and have elected, almost as a distraction, to focus on current, specific factors, such as the “presence of al-Qaida” in Yemen. And even in that regard, there is a clear inability of the US, or UK, for example, to surgically deal even with the narrow problem which they have identified as being “terrorist training” in Yemen.

This overall complex is, moreover, intrinsically linked to the longer-term security and control of the Red Sea/Suez Canal sea lanes which are critical to global trade.

Within just the Yemen Republic context, to a significant extent, the challenges now facing Pres. ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh are a culmination of issues, which center around:

(i)  Pres. Saleh’s longstanding corruption, and in particular his links with Somalian and Puntland leaders to the significant detriment of long-term Red Sea security and Western (and other) interests;

(ii)  Iran’s active engagement in financing Shi’a and Sunni jihadist and rebel activities in Yemen and along its border inside Saudi Arabia; and
(iii) The shared decision by Yemeni, Saudi, and Egyptian leaders (supported by Libya) to isolate the Republic of Somaliland. This situation has favored the ongoing corrupt business activities of Pres. Saleh and his Puntland Somalian friend, Col. Abdullahi Yussuf Ahmed, former President of both the self-proclaimed Puntland region (which he “founded” as a quasi-independent state within Somalia) and of Somalia itself.

Linked with all of this is the question of the chronic instability in the recently-created state of Eritrea. Eritrea is supported by Egypt, Israel, and some Arab states, for different motives, including Egypt’s desire to use Eritrea to constrain and contain Ethiopia, which Egypt sees as a potential regional threat (because of Ethiopia’s control of the headwaters of the Blue Nile, which is Egypt’s lifeline). Eritrean Pres. Isayas Afewerke, already locked into a power struggle with Ethiopia and particularly with Ethiopian Prime Minister (and Isayas’ former ally) Meles Zenawi, has been happy to work with Libyan leader Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi to fund a range of terrorist activities against Ethiopia, potentially leading to a renewal in 2010 of conventional war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. The forthcoming and pivotal May 2010 Ethiopian Parliamentary elections may be a trigger point for revived Eritrean conflict with Ethiopia, and Eritrea has already — in January 2010 — begun brief military incursions into Ethiopia and has been transporting clandestine supplies of weapons and explosives into the heart of Ethiopia, even into the capital, Addis Ababa, for use by anti-government forces sponsored by Eritrea.

That is part of the current context to be borne in mind when looking at Yemen itself, and the position of Yemen Pres. Saleh.

The Western media gained a hint of Pres. Saleh’s longstanding linkage with Puntland when, during Yussuf’s Presidency of Somalia in November 2008, a Yemeni ship captured by pirates was suddenly freed without ransom being paid. Significantly, most of the pirates operating off the Horn of Africa are from Puntland, and, following the collapse of Somalia into civil war, the Somalian fishing fleet fled the Somalia coast for safe-haven in Yemen. There, however, it was impounded by Pres. Saleh. Pres. Saleh’s son, and the son of former Somalian/Puntland Pres. Yussuf, now jointly own and run that fleet of fishing vessels, among their other joint enterprises.

Former Pres. Yussuf — who, as “President” of Puntland, conducted frequent raids and terrorist operations against the neighboring Republic of Somaliland — is now a guest of Pres. Saleh, living in exile in Yemen. Not surprisingly, Yemen has shown considerable solidarity with Egypt in maintaining both an Arab League and African Union boycott on trade with Somaliland, ending millennia of cross-Red Sea trade in hides and other materials, and in the recognition of Somaliland as the sovereign entity which historical and legal precedence shows it to be.

But in the overall situation, at its heart, Egypt, Saudi Arabia (and the Persian Gulf emirates, and Iran are engaged in an attempt to dominate the Red Sea, which is vital in various ways and in varying degrees to their national survival. Much of the trade viability of the Persian Gulf is linked with the ability to utilize the Red Sea/Suez SLOC.

Within the context of this competition between the Arabian Peninsula states and Iran over the Red Sea is the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia (and now Yemen) for control of much of the Arabian Peninsula itself, as outlined in the November 17, 2009, report by Yossef Bodansky on Iranian involvement in the declaration by Saudi Shi’a clerics of the “Republic of Eastern Arabia”. And also engaged in this competition is Israel, itself a Red Sea and Indian Ocean state by virtue of its sea frontage on the Gulf of Aqaba and its projection of naval power into the Indian Ocean.

Iran has long been a major sponsor of Islamist insurgent and tribal groups in Somalia, regardless of whether these groups have been Sunni or Shi’a Muslims. At the same time, Saudi Arabia has attempted to compete for regional influence in the Horn by funding a massive proselytization of Ethiopians, to increase the numbers of Muslims over the historically Orthodox Christians there, in stark disavowal of the Prophet Mohammed’s strict injunction that Ethiopians should not be attacked or forced to convert to Islam because of the refuge and respect which an Ethiopian king — the King of Axum — had given in 614 CE to some of Mohammed’s followers and to one of his wives when they were being pursued by Mohammed’s enemies.

Significantly, and to varying degrees, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia have allowed and even encouraged instability and division to occur along the Red Sea littoral — with regard to Eritrea, Yemen, and Sudan — in order to gain strategic leverage. Libya, long a Red Sea power aspirant (in order to gain leverage at Egypt’s rear, and over its Red Sea/Suez Canal seaway), has also pumped money and weapons into the Red Sea disputes, particularly in support of Eritrea and Somali elements opposed to Ethiopia. Libya, of course, demonstrated its ability to disrupt Red Sea/Suez sea traffic — to the massive detriment of Egypt and the trading states — when it used the mine-laying ship, Ghat, to drop floating mines in the Red Sea in 1984.

In the midst of all of this, Ethiopia is moving toward parliamentary elections in May 2010, and Eritrea and its allies (Egypt, Libya, and others) have been stepping up military pressure on the Ethiopian border, and even shipping weapons and explosives clandestinely into Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. It is not inconceivable that a significant military clash could occur between Ethiopia and Eritrea before the May 2010 Ethiopian elections.

Thus, it is not just Yemen, or even the Arabian Peninsula, which is under severe pressure from unrest and insurgency, but also the entire Horn of Africa, including Somalia, Somaliland (which has been able to hold the line thus far), Eritrea, and Sudan. And with this, the entire security of the Red Sea/Suez sea lines of communications (SLOCs), so vital to Asian, European, and Australasian trade, is also under threat.

What is also of significance in this is the fact that the Republic of Somaliland — one of the few areas of stability in the region — is not yet recognized by the international community even though it meets all of the legitimate criteria of sovereignty as determined by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN). This situation is very much in the hands of Egypt, which — because of its fears over Ethiopia and the fact that Somaliland is a key transit access for Ethiopian trade — has refused to allow the AU or the Arab League to recognize Somaliland’s sovereignty, and the UN will not recognize a state until the regional body (in this case the AU) first recognizes it.

Eritrea’s historical source of revenue has been as a trading and entrepôt for Ethiopian imports and exports, and this was a natural rôle for it when it was a province of Ethiopia [for years Eritrea was known within the Ethiopian Empire as the Bar Negus: the Kingdom of the Sea. When Eritrea, independent from Ethiopia after the collapse of the Dergue in 1991, attempted to blackmail Ethiopia into accepting the new Eritrean currency, the nakfa (introduced November 1997), which was not internationally tradable, as payment for Ethiopian coffee for onward export — Eritrea, as a trader, was the fourth biggest coffee exporter in the world, based on through shipment of Ethiopian coffee — Ethiopia ceased trading through Eritrea.

Eritrean leader Isayas had not bargained on Ethiopia, landlocked following the loss of Eritrea, being able to trade through routes other than the Eritrean Red Sea port of Massawa and other lesser ports, and found Eritrea bankrupt when Ethiopia began trade through Djibouti, and subsequently Somaliland. Eritrea, almost overnight, became bankrupt, and Isayas faced the need to distract an increasingly hostile population.

This led to significant control of the Eritrean population (which continues today), and to the 1998-99 Eritrea-Ethiopia war, which, when concluded, failed to bring about a resumption of Ethiopian trade through Eritrean ports, leading to the continuing situation of desperation in Eritrea, and the likelihood of yet another conflict.

The situation is ultimately detrimental to Egypt, given that the isolation of Ethiopia (and Somaliland) actually contributes to the insolvency of Eritrea, which Egypt (and others) have been using as a buffer to keep Ethiopia landlocked. The potential threat to Egypt’s Nile waters from Ethiopia is, in fact, not addressed by keeping Ethiopia landlocked, and nor is Egypt’s absolute strategic need for a stable Red Sea SLOC (leading to and from the Suez Canal) better guarded by having Ethiopia kept landlocked.

Within all of this, the US, and many other NATO states, along with Japan, Australia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and others, have committed major naval forces to the Red Sea/Horn of Africa region of the Indian Ocean in an attempt to suppress regional piracy, all of which (virtually) comes from Puntland and is supported by former Puntland/Somalia Pres. Yussuf, who is now a guest of Yemen Pres. Saleh. At no point have the NATO powers thought of addressing the piracy issue by tackling Yussuf and Saleh head-on, or through direct punitive attacks on the Puntland piracy havens.

Moreover, the US and the NATO states — as well as the other maritime powers now projecting naval force into the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa — have neither the resources nor will to deal decisively with the pirates in their land havens, the villages of Puntland, or with the Iranian- and salafist-backed insurgencies now underway on the Arabian Peninsula. Only France, with a significant history of sustaining forces in the region (particularly Djibouti) has shown some real independence of action.

Thus, the advantage, strategically, remains with Iran, which is destabilizing the area through proxy forces. Much is being made of the so-called “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP), which claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on December 25, 2009, of US Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Certainly, there is a link between Yemen — now the modern state encompassing the ancestral home of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden’s family — and the global al-Qaida phenomenon. The reality, however, is that al-Qaida, and bin Laden, although ostensibly salafist Sunnis, have long had distinct Iranian connections. Moreover, there is more than one group in Yemen and Saudi Arabia claiming to be part of al-Qaida. The Western fixation with categorizing and naming amorphous and transitory groups as though they were permanent and organized fixtures, based on their claims, leads to attempts to see the regional situation in black and white terms.

Within the Yemeni context, as well, is the continued rivalry between north and south, between the factions which once gravitated toward the control of Sana’a (and the former Yemen Arab Republic), and those which once gravitated toward the control of Aden and the old Arabian Sea (Gulf of Aden) sultanates.  There were, in fact, nine sultanates which signed protectorate agreements with the United Kingdom in the early 20th Century to form the British Aden Protectorate, and, after several geopolitical transitions, and with the departure of the British from Aden, the area became the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY: South Yemen). The PDRY became a major Soviet proxy state, and attempted to project power against Saudi Arabia, and the Sultanate of Oman.

Then, the unified group under PDRY and Soviet control was the Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman and the Arab Gulf (PFLOAG), which conducted a major insurgency across the Omani border, into the Dhofar region, against the old Sultan of Muscat & Oman, Sultan Sa’id. This led to a major Cold War confrontation, with the British backing of Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id al-Said, who had overthrown his father. This was a protracted insurgency which Oman won. Significantly, Oman largely embraces a distinct form of Islam, the Khariji sect, which rejected both Sunni and Shi’ite formulas; the Ibadi branch of the Kharijites became (in the Prophet Mohammed’s lifetime) Oman’s official religion, making it the only Kharijite country in Islam.

The geopolitical importance of Oman should not be overlooked, despite the fact that the country and the Sultan have been quiet during the current crises: Oman controls the southern shore of the Strait of Hormuz and a vital part of the Arabian Sea coastline.

It is not insignificant that the new — and cautious — Iranian-Russian alliance is jointly and severally interested in projecting power deep into the Indian Ocean and through the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. Russia’s historical involvement (as the USSR) in the PDRY (and to a lesser extent the YAR), and in Somalia have not been forgotten. Neither has Iran’s military involvement during the 1970s in support of Oman against the PDRY — the Shah and Sultan Qaboos cooperated closely — been forgotten in Tehran. Further, the historical links across the Strait of Hormuz are profound: Baluchistan, now divided between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, was once Omani territory.

These are all links which are of profound significance, and yet they are unrecognized by current analysts who insist on dividing consideration of conflict and political phenomena along the lines of modern nation-state boundaries.

Iran’s determination to proceed with its proxy drive into the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and the Red Sea has been compounded by the declining ability and will of the US to sustain its position in the region, and by the strength and cooperation of the new alliance with Russia. Clearly, Russia and Iran remain cautious of each other, but have mutual objectives at this point, and a history of seeking influence over the Arabian Peninsula and Red Sea/Horn.

As Holy Roman Emperor Charles V said of the French King, Francis I, in the 16th Century: “My cousin and I are in complete agreement: we both want Milan.”

Clearly, the Yemen/Red Sea/Horn of Africa/Arabian Peninsula situation cannot be divorced from the Northern Tier — the area including Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and so on. Attempts by Western media and policymakers to treat the Yemen situation as separate, and a “new theater”, once again ignore the complex integration and internally competitive dynamic of the entire region. Bearing in mind the Iranian southward projection, and Pakistan’s rôle as a key littoral maritime player in the Arabian Sea (and key partner in the US-dominated Combined Naval Task Forces (CTF) 151, the joint statement issued by the Iranian, Afghanistan, and Pakistan governments on January 16, 2010, was instructive. It said that, as the Xinhua news agency report of that date noted, “Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan affirm that the three countries bear a shared and common responsibility for security and stability in the region, and reaffirmed the commitment to playing their due rôle in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.”

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on January 16, 2010, that Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan were the most important neighbors for establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding that peace in Afghanistan meant peace in the region. Minister Qureshi said that the Islamabad trilateral meeting decided to move forward in line with the tripartite summit in Tehran in 2009 to adopt regional approach to find out solution to problems in the region. He said that intelligence chiefs of the three countries will also meet in Tehran soon to discuss cooperation in intelligence sharing.

All of this is reflective of the changing fortunes of the great powers in the region. Power vacuums, or perceived vacuums, lead to surges by other aspirant powers. That is what is now happening in what this writer has termed “the North-West Quadrant of the Indian Ocean”, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea/Gulf of Aqaba/Suez.  Additionally, all the action in this neighborhood has a hugely important global impact on the transportation of oil and gas and the VLCC tankers that carry the assets. 

There is a great deal of shuffling which is reminiscent of the beginning of the 1960s, and the British withdrawal orchestrated by socialist Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a process which led to the Soviet surge into South Yemen and the Horn of Africa. The local players have no option but to try to rebuild their security in the knowledge that their superpower allies — in this case, the US — may not offer security support into the future.

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strike for return to reality's picture

We should never forget who the real enemies are.

order6102's picture

Oh yes. as documented in movie Avatar everything was done by blue faced army of Smurfs, lead by Smurfette as act of retaliation for destruction of Holy Tree.. 

SDRII's picture

The timing of the diplo visits to the UAE both groveling for capital during the bank meltdown and the subsequent refusal of the UAE to partake in the GCC over the location of the central bank play right into the thesis.

vainamoinen's picture

As we all know that the two foundations of a modern industrial/consumerist economy are oil and credit and without one or the other the economy collapses. Thanks for this regular energy reporting at zerohedge - one stop shopping and all that.

As reported at many sources the (possibly) "low IQ" Nigerian gentleman bought a one way ticket for cash, had no luggage and no passport and still got on the plane for Detroit. This has CIA set-up written all over it and some reporting indicates the White House is including that possibility. 

I wonder how Barack is sleeping night's now that he knows he might prove to be, all too soon, an unnecessary front for the deep National Security State.

We are at war for oil. That's a fact. Deeper still is the fact that Al-Qaeda is a CIA puppet organisation conveniently placed in various important locals to legitimize our military interdiction where necessary in the war for oil.

Since the MSM is completely void of any information we need to make informed decisions in terms of personal and financial survival we continue to rely on sites like zerohedge to provide illumination as to significant economic and economic related issues as the information becomes available.

Thanks for the post!

ToNYC's picture

The Military-Industrial complex has been simplified to the Military-Foreign Crude Oil Complex. One hand washes the other and both feast at the public trough. If a National Emergency were properly called immediately to begin reliance on and tax-incentivise domestic natty gas, the ensuing Peace dividend would be transcendental. The Majors are getting the message: XOM bought XTO for the reserves as did CNX for 25% of CHK's. When they own enough, they'll buy the politicians necessary to keep them in control...until then the FED will do its worst to keep the public sheep's wool shorn by the top twenty Major Banks as in the post in macroeconomic forums here on Private Central Banks.

Anonymous's picture

I wondered who would mention the obvious hand of the US covert operatives. I question the amount of influence from Iran and Russia. Both countries are not very stable, and have significant domestic problems (then again so does/will the US). I'd guess that the CIA/Mossad element is arming/supporting/instigating in the region at a 10 to 1 ratio to anyone else. Thing is, for every 5 weapons they give to the Sudanese, Somalis, Yemenis, etc., 2 or 3 will eventually be used against some "UN peacekeeping mission".

Clearly these places are fighting the modern proxy wars formerly lumped under the "cold war". Americans so are brainwashed and chickenshit about "terrorism" (an almost meaningless term) that they'll commit to any war, as long as Obama doesn't restart the draft.

Anonymous's picture

Mmmmmmm no. It goes even deeper than that.The US burns more oil fighting these wars than it will ever get back. It would be cheaper to just buy the stuff.

Eternal War is meant to keep the money flowing. It's a jobs program. It's profit for the MIC. It's tax money to keep paying the interest on US debts. Plus the military threat keeps the rest of the world from dumping the dollar in favor of whatever currency is scheduled to replace it.

It's all about the dollar and the fight to prevent its collapse.

Chopshop's picture

absolutely fantastic.  what an awesome piece!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Indeed, a fabulous piece.  Looks like Yemen (S. Arabia, Ethiopia, Puntland, Oman, Sudan,etc.) is yet another Third World snakepit similar to:

-- the Balkans (OK Europe, but)

-- the Caucases

-- Afghanistan and central Asia (the 'stans')

Maybe it's time to take care of our own problems rather than send treasure & American dead to 3rd World hell-holes who do not want us there anyway...?

Scott Brown's victory tonight may help us clarify the problems before us.

Anonymous's picture

Central Asia in its entirety can in no way be described as a 3rd World hell-hole. It has problems but nothing like Kavkaz, the Balkans or Afghanistan.

Harbourcity's picture

The complications that occur in the final years of a dying empire. 

Anonymous's picture

OT: Drudge Report: Coakley concedes to Scott Brown for Mass.
53% to 46%

john_connor's picture

Scott Brown wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amish FinEng's picture

YES! Now I don't have to be Amish anymore!!

Anonymous's picture

You be careful out among them English.

Anonymous's picture

One can only hope that you Republicans come to power again, so that you will get the governance you deserve. As if 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and a national depression were not enough, you still haven't learned civilized language. Is here some Aryan homeland where you road horses and unceremoniously killed and dismembered each other. If so we should gladly take up a collection to send you back. You have not only spoiled the economy and polity of the U.S. you have now ruined civil discourse.

Do you have a mother? Do you use such language in front of her or your children?


MrPalladium's picture

"Is here some Aryan homeland where you road horses and unceremoniously killed and dismembered each other. If so we should gladly take up a collection to send you back."

Dude! Where is my free ticket??

You realize, of course, that the "dismemberments" were staged just to keep the holier-than-thou liberal rif raf out.

Keepin it pure!!


DaveyJones's picture

another round of who do you currently hate the least

Slewburger's picture

Number one resource.

Any military action wouldn't/doesn't surprise me. Stability is poor, sounds like a good excuse go blow through a few billion on Xe... Or put some backscatter xray machines in airports.



jmc8888's picture

All the attention isn't about Al-Qeada.  It's about oil and the Queen's plan to attack Iran.


If you attack Iran, the Straits of Hormuz are shut off/closed/blockaded.  What does that mean? No saudi or other mideastern oil.


So if you want to attack Iran, and the QUEEN WANTS US TO, we must have a position in YEMEN the only other area from which to get Saudi Oil out of the mideast, is Yemen.


Besides when the Queen is using U.S. helicopters to fly in taliban to hit our soldiers in Afghan, is playing up Iran's capability and trying to get Israel and Iran to fight, then why not yemen?  They've always been aided by Saudi Arabia (London or better yet Londonistan).  It's very simple, xmas day plot was by the Queen for losing the Copnehagen new dark age agreement.  It's really that simple.  The road to all terrorists (and terrorist actions against the USA) go through Buckingham palace.


I'm glad Brown won.  I'm a dem, and we just lost our shot at doing anything for at least or around a year, perhaps three years. But we didn't deserve it.  Why? Because Obama and Rahm didn't fight for the people, and in 1 year they went from savior's to goats.  (actually far less than 1 year). 


It's not about YOU Obama, it's about US.  You doing YOUR thing, isn't the same as you doing OUR thing.


No single payer health care = no health reform

No kicking in the nuts of the financial sector = no wall street reform

No switching to American credit system = No recovery


It's not hard to see why Brown won.  I only saw some of his speech and he actually looked like one of the 5 percent of Republicans fit for service in congress.  So I'm glad that type of republican won. 


I've been saying it all along, if you're not in the Dennis Kucinich (dem) wing, or the Ron Paul (repub) wing, you are just wasting the people's time and once they figure out you don't have the policies of either of them, they're going to kick you out.


It appears, although I haven't studied him, that he is more in the mold of Ron Paul than Limp Boener, thank god. 


The funny thing is to remember, if repubs don't change, AND IN WAYS THEY ARE COMPLETELY OPPOSED TO, they'll be on the firing line soon enough by the American voters. 


It's either govern in an optimal way for the people, or get voted matter WHAT party you are.


Lots of dems and repubs should be scared, because they are next, and they are the leadership (and those after them) of both parties.


So looking ahead, instead of actually getting stuff done, now we're in gridlock at a time we need action, and it won't change for at least or around a year.  This could put us in very serious danger, but one we have to face because of Obama's bending over for the Queen and her malthusian policies.


Without change we're screwed.  Now we're in a period where we cannot change.  The reappointment of Ben Bernanke, and the extension of the debt ceiling just got a whole lot more interesting.


The only way for Obama to avoid complete defeat? the president we voted for.  Single Payer.  End the wars.  HPBA of 2007. American Credit System. LaRouche 4 Powers plan.  (and a few others)


That means breaking with the Queen, Rahm Emmanuel, his retarded malthusian doctor brother Ez-kill Emmanuel, Peter Orszag, Bernanke, Geithner, and EVERY advisor who told you to go down the Wall Street, Center Politics road.  The people demanded change, and left policies, as well as REAL right policies.  As president you had 2 of the 3 under their control, and failed. Thus this vote.


Do that and Obama survives.  If he does not, he will go down as being as bad as bush.  Well not quite as bad as all Bush did for 8 years was wake up and put a sledgehammer to a dam.  But if Obama does the queen's bidding like bush did, he'll catch up.  But without 60 votes, I doubt he can do as much damage as Bush for the Queen.


The real question is, can repubs govern? Nope.  Because they still don't agree that 90 percent of the problem, is a problem.  Everything about their positions preclude them from having any answers.  For if they actually solve the problems, they'll have to tax, spend, grow government, etc, etc which they won't do.


That's where we are, and it ain't pretty.  But it was neccessary, and is probably as bad as it is, better than the alternative. 


If the dems pass the Senate bill to pass anything, instead of realizing they ran the marathon on the wrong track, they'll lose it all.


Then we'll have to wait until the repubs mess up EVEN MORE and HARDER and they get kicked out.  We've had 2 change elections (AND FOR SOME 3), this will be 3/4, and we might neet 4/5 and perhaps even 5/6 to finish this out.  Meanwhile, until they realize this we're up schmidt creek without a paddle.


Party loyalty is finished.  It costs the country too damn much. But maybe thats a few years early.




RockyRacoon's picture

All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

How could the U.S. ever hope to untangle the political and military spaghetti of the area?

All the more reason to work on energy independence -- of some sort.

We keep supplying military hardware to our "friends" in the area, only to have them used it on us in the long run.  How 'bout just arming them all to the teeth and then leaving them to do each other in? 

darkpool2's picture


and the bang for the buck in terms of domestic stimulus/political capital from an "energy independence" program is the fact that such a simple notion isnt upfront and center suggests that even more powerful interests are taking precedence. The "third way " is looking like the only way.

SDRII's picture

saudi airforce launches another bombing run into yemen

Anonymous's picture

yeh the saudi air force (harde har har har) are bombing villages, full of innocent civilians, and vacant hill tops that are not manned by the guerrilla army. the houthis( the separatist guerrilla faction of northern yemen) are kicking that saudi ass and taking names. the saudi conscript army is about as worthless as the southern yemeni army is. of course all of this crap is being drummed up by someone outside of the conflict. gee i wonder who that could be?

we must

bring all our soldiers home now. confine them to barracks and disband the army. sue for peace. stop the war now. it is time to stop the insanity. if the military industrial complex wants wars, then have them and their shareholders go and fight them. enough already. all you young bloods better hear me and hear me now. if you think for one minute that just because now, we don't have a draft, well you had better watch your ass. one of these days, they are going to pull off another 911 and probably blame it on some arabs or something and then they are going to say emergency draft,every able bodied man and woman(yes they will draft females) between 18 and 49....think i am kidding? guess again...all of these volunteers are just about worn out by almost ten years now of constant war. who do you think is going to fight these new wars they start? who? already we have about a national 20 percent unemployment rate. they already have a national supply of warm bodies. the whole apparatus is already in place. i have said it once, i will say it again. you simply have to know, and study who the heck you are dealing with here. these people will stop at nothing. oh and another thing. just so you know. they control that man who won Massachusetts too. there is no difference in parties. there never has been.

A tumor named Marla's picture

Wow, war between.....Ethiopia and Eritrea.....uh huh......

The body count could be in the dozens.  It might rise to the level of being a blip in Headline News (right after a celebrity sighting and before a hockey score).  The national security concerns are......uh.......

Big deal -- so some third-worlders want to continue their historical pissing match, now with AK-47s instead of machetes.  Good riddance to them; maybe they'll have their terrorist asshole pals focus on each other for a change.

Let it burn -- who'll notice?





Anonymous's picture


Anonymous's picture

He does drive a truck...

ToNYC's picture

Oh yeah, hidden in plain sight. The media shepherds have contructed the electrified Fear fence as in The 80% go-with-the-winders see it with their own eyes, and deny reality because they listen to the official media before they think for themselves. Cognitive dissonance is God's cosmic trick. Be here now to see there when. Home schooling keeps you free.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The United States has an unstable third world piece-of-trash on its border with bullets flying by everyday.  That is a really really big problem.  Once the individual states fail (because they are bankrupt), and can no longer mount a police force, the cancer south of our border will spread to all of our cities.  It will be just like the Opium Wars, only in reverse.  There's a cartoon in there someplace.

RockyRacoon's picture

Seems you've chosen a fitting user name.  Congratulations on a deep and thorough analysis of the situation in Mexico.  And this bears on the Yemen topic how? Hope to hear more from you.

Gold...Bitches's picture

Good.  Then we can take the rest of mexico we left them before and get the natural resources they have

Gold...Bitches's picture

then we can work on Canada after that

ToNYC's picture

Working on the Roman Empire playbook fed by the engine of Japanese Banking policy? China used its cheap labor fed by consumer carrots to pick up the fight Russia lost in 1989. The Cold War was won for a few months 'till a wink and a nod to April Glaspie in late June 1990. Synthetic Terror is the whack-a-mole to keep the game going with the favorite Cowboys and Indians theme. Mexican cheap labor was invited in labor outsourcing, and they breed for multiple chances at the US piñata. Deal with it, you bought the package.

Find your enemy within and start schoolin' him.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

New Senator Scott Brown has shaken up the political equation.  This may bring on an economic collapse quicker but easier in the long run.

The USA is so screwed by our .gov and WS banks that there is NO easy way out of our predicament.  Big problems lie ahead.  All will be affected.  Batten down the hatches my ZH friends!

Look out for No. 1 and your families in the perilous times ahead.  And maybe yet our culture will help us through the trials to come.  To me, the USA has been the best experiment in liberty and prosperity the world has seen.  Let's hope we can keep our country the beacon it should be!

Gold...Bitches's picture

Brown.  Coakley.  Obama.  Bush.  Other than the rhetoric - theres no difference.  Big business still is the winner.  The only difference is WHICH big businesses win.

Anonymous's picture

Excellent comment. Yes, there is an incentive to vote either republican or democrat. Depending on whom wins, the winning big business changes.

People should keep in mind this reality. For many, no matter who they vote for, they will be in loser side( meaning that if they vote for the winning side, they still finish in the losing side)
But for others, if they vote for the winning side, they finish in the winning side.

While the outcome of elections does not matter for many as the end result is always the same, it matters for some.

Anonymous's picture

I've come to a conclusion.....That area is really f#$ked up!

Anonymous's picture

Where is Project Mayhem!

Anonymous's picture

People, you need to forget about the left/right, lib/con divisional BS and start thinking top vs bottom. That is what it is and always has been about. If you're reading this site it is unlikely that you're part of the top. Keep pointing fingers at the other side of the aisle and you will always point in the wrong direction. Being divided is being conquered.

Anonymous's picture

One piece of information seems to be missing:

as China military power matures, they are going to be forced, compelled, coerced (or simple able and eager to) into deploying military troops outside their domestic land in order to protect vital foreign interests, playing the same card as western countries.

Lately, Yemen was declared by a Chinese general the first country to harbour a chinese naval base outside of China.

This gives more insight on the situation there.

Strangely enough, the situation is not that complex when analyzed from an imperialist text book: extraction of assets and control over commercial routes. Reads like routine business...

Anonymous's picture

the geopolitical plot thickens and the players act upon the stage and all of this is manipulated by the hidden hand. can't you see it?

do you remember that old star trek episode where captain kirk and his crew were taken to a planet by this creature. also some klingons were kidnapped and brought there too. the idea was for them to fight each other and kill each other forever on that planet because the creature enjoyed conflict and death and was nourished by it. when they found out they were being used for this purpose, they started getting along and talking to each other and the creature became weak and went away as a result of this because it derived its sustenance from conflict and death.

do you think that hollywood just gets these ideas out of thin air? does the script to this show sound familiar? it should. it is played out everyday in this world. hollywood is just one big mind control operation. and so it goes.

Anonymous's picture

Exactly. This isn't about oil or oil companies but about control of oil. If America really wanted to be energy independent tomorrow they could be - or even just have a North/South American bloc. It's not just about securing supplies for one's own country, but making it either more difficult or costlier for other rising global powers to get supplied. Sure, Russia and China have contracts in Iraq for oil, but don't forget whose soldiers are there ready to choke it off if necessary.

And it's not just about middle East oil but also from the Caspian Basin and Africa.