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Another Dictator Sets Up Shop in the US

The US helped broker a deal giving Saleh immunity, in exchange for his surrendering power, which the US did not do with Gaddafi in Libya.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh
President Ali Abdullah Saleh

(Jamestown, RI) - Here we go again. The long time US supported dictator of Yemen will be coming to the US to set up residence. You may or may not recall a similar incident triggered the Iranian hostage situation back in 1979.

The brutal dictator, the Shah of Iran, was installed after the democratically elected President was overthrown by the CIA.

He murdered anyone who challenged him or who opposed him with his secret police Savak, which was funded and trained by the CIA. When the Iranians after 20 years, overthrew the dictator, the first thing he did was to come to the US where we protected our former puppet murderer.

The Iranians, outraged at the US for maintaining a dictatorship in their country and then offering the murderer sanctuary, seized the US embassy and took the hostages. So history now repeats itself.

Initially the US announced that Saleh would come for medical treatment, but was publically embarrassed when Saleh announced he did not need any medical treatment as there was nothing wrong with him. Our puppet dictator in Yemen, who has murdered hundreds of innocents who protested his dictatorship, will now be given protection in the god ole USA.

Because he has been a loyal puppet dictator, the US helped broker a deal giving Saleh immunity, in exchange for his surrendering power, which the US did not do with Gaddafi in Libya. Perhaps this is what Ron Paul referred to in his infamous debate exchange with Rudy Giuliani, when Paul stated our policy had done many things to anger folks around the world.

This will all happen without the knowledge of most US citizens so there will be little uproar here, but we would be naive to think this is not being noticed by the citizens of Yemen and that actions such as this are in part responsible for “Blowback”. Maybe we should all pay more attention to the actions of our government.


Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.

He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: jc21131@gmail.com



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