When we wondered how a President could possibly deliver worse foreign AND domestic policy than Jimmy Carter… we never dreamed that someone would be dumb enough to take that as a challenge.
Then again, we never dreamed that the Democrats would put a shambling husk of mediocrity like Joe Biden up as their nominee, either.
Now, not even a year into the 46th Presidency, America is facing its second hostage crisis.
You Know About ONE Crisis…
As for the first one, most of the media has already swept it under the rug. But we all still know that some Americans, the families of some Americans, and people with every right to enter America lawfully with a Green Card were trapped in a country being run by the same terrorist group with whom we’ve just concluded a 20-year war.
Worse still, when heroic Americans have worked to exfiltrate them to neighboring countries, our own State Department has worked at cross purposes from helping them land in other countries… despite their open contempt for all other manner of border security, whether at our Southern border, or even in the airlift they bragged about in August.
But Have You Heard About THIS One?
Iran-backed Houthi rebels have attacked a US Embassy, taking control, and seizing hostages. A specific reversal of policy in Biden’s first month worked to the advantage of those rebels.
While we may not have any Americans working in that Embassy at the moment, we DO have locals working on behalf of American interests. They have been attacked, our property seized, and our embassy taken.
Houthi fighters reportedly took the compound on Wednesday, demanding “large quantities of equipment and materials,” per the Middle East Media Research Institute. Yemen has been embroiled in a brutal civil war between the Houthi rebels — who are backed, financed, and armed by the Iranian government —and the standing Yemeni government, which has the support of Saudi Arabia. The conflict is oftentimes described as a “proxy war” being fought by the two Yemeni sides on the ground, but largely on behalf of the two larger powers.
Within a month of taking office, President Joe Biden removed the foreign-terrorist organization designation placed on the Houthis by the Trump administration. The designation had cut the Houthis “off from financial support and other material resources that are routed through U.S. banks or other American institutions.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the decision “a recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.”
The Trump administration’s designation had included a carve-out authorizing the Treasury Department “to provide licenses pursuant to its authorities and corresponding guidance that relate to the official activities of the United States government in Yemen, including assistance programming that continues to be the largest of any donor and the official activities of certain international organizations such as the United Nations.” At the same time as the removal of the foreign terrorist label, Biden also announced the cessation of “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.” Previously, the U.S. had been backed the Yemeni government. — NationalReview
Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to Joe Biden’s personal decision, we have been giving terrorists money. And they have ‘thanked’ him by seizing our embassy.
Great call, Joe.
The Biden Administration’s Response
You remember that old joke, usually at the expense of British policemen? ‘Stop, or I shall say stop again!’ The American response is uncomfortably close to that.
Consular services at the Sanaa embassy have been suspended since February of 2015, after Houthi rebels took control of the capital city during Yemen’s ongoing civil war. The U.S. diplomatic staff returned home and, in 2018, Reuters reported the U.S. ambassador for Yemen had been working out of the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.
While U.S. personnel have been gone for years, local employees have continued to work for the embassy either from home or as security guards at the embassy compound.
“We call on the Houthis to immediately vacate it and return all seized property,” Price said Thursday. “The U.S. government will continue its diplomatic efforts to secure the release of our staff and the vacating of our compound, including through our international partners.” — AmericanMilitaryNews
Reports indicate that ‘most’ of those hostages have been released. But ‘most’ is not ‘all’.
Strictly speaking, the soil under any embassy in the world is not treated as though it was part of the nation in whose borders it rests, but as the nation whose interests it represents. This is not an ordinary attack against some random local building, warehouse, or government building. An attack against an embassy is an attack against the nation it represents — in this case, ours.
And the staff there — like the allies who helped us in Afghanistan — are OUR responsibility.
Jocko Willink Proposes A Solution
“We need to go on offense and look, it’s not just these non-state terror groups,” Willink said, referencing the Houthis, an Iran-backed rebel group.
“We got China’s military practicing bombing American warships with full-sized targets in the desert. We got the Russians conducting offensive training operations in Belarus. So you’ve got Russia, you’ve got China, you’ve got the Houthis. This type of behavior will grow because there’s no deterrence, no fear and as you said, no respect for America,” he said.
“And we need to bring that back by going on the offense and proving that we are the strong great America that we always have been.” –FoxNews
And he reminds us why we should not shrink back from calling these terrorists by that rightful designation.
They’re a “fundamentalist group that uses child soldiers,” he continued. “They shell civilian areas. They put landmines in civilian cities. They execute people. They use human shields. This is absolutely a terrorist group that propagates the slogan ‘Death to America! Death to Israel!,’ and there’s no fear, there’s no deterrence.” –FoxNews
Will Joe Discover His Spine?
Biden loved to shake his fist and brag about how tough he was, threatening to take people behind the gym, and challenging people to push-up contests, as though that’s the kind of toughness that matters behind the (ir)Resolute Desk.
The only group he has been steadfastly and resolutely opposed to is anyone who stands in the way of him ‘fundamentally transforming’ America by giving the left everything they want. If accomplishing that means demonizing (or even criminalizing!) half of the country and setting fire to the Constitution?
Well, you can’t make an omelet without cracking some eggs.