In public, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has consistently played down any U.S. military role in air strikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen, but one of the secret U.S. cables published by WikiLeaks paints a different picture.
In a meeting with U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in the capital of Sana’a in January, President Saleh agreed to continue covering up the latest plan to use U.S. fixed-wing bombers with precision weapons to attack terrorists in his country. The Yemeni president told Petraeus that would be preferable to the continued use of long-range cruise missiles, which Saleh said were “not very accurate.”
“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Saleh said, according to the diplomatic cable written by the U.S. ambassador at the time, Stephen Seche.*
The official diplomatic view
A year ago MP Keith Vaz spoke about Yemen, the country of his birth: “The American Government and our Government have sought to try to ensure that the Yemeni Government are supported. The US Government have sent people to train Yemeni troops . . .
The humane eye-witness
One of our readers who visited Yemen to organise aid, wrote: “US ‘aid’ is less humanitarian than political; I believe US gave $750m to train Yemeni troops in counter insurgence… to solve things, serious investment in education and livelihoods needs to be made… literacy
rates are appalling, agricultural land is disappearing quickly due to lack of water & more growing of qat, a drug that even 8 year olds now eat/chew…”
From Moseley: “Funny how Wikileaks is being branded “terrorist” by those that deliver terror in manifold forms.”