For a while now, we’ve been hearing about Americans who are stranded and abandoned in Yemen. We’ve heard how they feel as though they’re forgotten and have lost faith that help would come in time to evacuate them to safety. Indeed, O & Co made it clear that there were no plans to rescue them. It seems like a no-brainer: the drunk monkeys in Washington should evacuate Americans pronto, right? Not so fast.
On Friday, our favorite State Department clueless robot, Marie Harf was asked why efforts weren’t being made to rescue these American citizens. At one point, a journalist at the presser asked her, “What do you encourage those Americans to do, swim?” Leave it to Harf to stand with an empty stare as she struggles to find an answer, even as stranded Americans were hiring small motorboats to pick them up and make a dangerous trek through the Red Sea to safety. The State Department even emailed the 400-plus Americans and told them to find their own way out of the country via boats to Djibouti. It quickly rescinded that suggestion since it was a wide open invitation for terrorists to attack.
So why hasn’t the U.S. stepped up to the plate? There have been adamant warnings from the State Department regarding travel to Yemen for 15 years – yes, FIFTEEN YEARS.
As if that weren’t enough of a red flag, even after the State Department closed our embassy in Yemen in February, they still chose to stay, even though they were warned of the growing “terrorist activities and civil unrest”.
Here’s the moral and ethical question: Should the U.S. attempt an evacuation/rescue at this point, even though they chose to stay?
Turns out, it’s a question that doesn’t need an answer because Russia….yes, Russia…just rescued not only the American citizens, but several British citizens as well.
This is just a guess, but I’m pretty sure that’s going to cost us big in the near future: