Missed Target of Trump's Yemen Raid Issues Taunt to Trump

Trump's first military raid in Yemen on January 29 killed a Navy seal and innocent civilians, including the 8 year old daughter of al Qaida cleric Al-Awlaki, but it missed its target, AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi (also spelled Qāsim al-Raymī.) al-Rimi has issued a statement that military sources believe is legitimate. It says:

"The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands."

Trump's Alternative Fact Machine proclaimed the raid a victory. [More...]

The White House — which had declared the raid "a successful operation by all standards" — had no comment Monday. The Pentagon also declined to comment.

In 2013, al Raymi issued an apology when it attacked a Yemeni hospital killing civilians.

Qasim al-Raymi, [AQAP] military leader, said a fighter had disobeyed orders and targeted medics and patients during the raid on the defence ministry compound in Sanaa that left 52 people dead. Raymi acknowledged "our mistake and guilt" and offered to pay blood money.

al-Raymi's brother was a Guantanamo detainee for many years -- he was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2016.

In 2011, I wrote this post against targeted killings in Yemen. The last sentence says:

I'd add one final reason the President shouldn't have secret authority to kill Americans instead of capturing them and bringing them before a court: What if one of the loony Republicans running for President in 2012 actually wins?

Putting aside that al-Raymi (unlike al-Awlaki) is not an American, I think I was just four years too early.

Clearly, AQAP and al Raymi are threats. But it's not likely our targeted killings and attacks are going to end the threat. What should the U.S. be doing?

the U.S. [should]drive efforts to fill the governance and security gaps in Yemen that AQAP has exploited and ... facilitate meaningful political dialogue on multiple levels—especially at the regional and local level— to de-escalate the war.

I'm not going to pretend to have a solution to AQAP. While I wrote a lot about them for many years before ISIS began dominating the news, I haven't followed them lately.

But we do seem to have a fool in charge of the White House -- and his first raid caused innocent civilian deaths, the death of U.S. commando and missed its target.

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    Saw article saying Trump wasn't in situation (none / 0) (#1)
    by Green26 on Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 03:08:08 PM EST
    room during the raid, and that that was supposedly unusual.

    Yes, (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 03:58:24 PM EST
    that seems to have been widely reported and also his inability to understand the intel or his advisors to understand the intel and then defending the raid with a 10 year old video.

    Botched mess all around. But that is what is going to happen time and again with Trump, Pence and the rest of the gang.


    Yes, Donald dined, while a soldier died. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Towanda on Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 10:33:14 PM EST
    And yes, sources said that it is highly unusual for the commander of our armed forces to be in the dining room and not the Situation Room in, well, situations.

    Thanks for link (none / 0) (#3)
    by MKS on Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 05:09:36 PM EST
    Listening live.

    One Judge appointed by Carter, one by W, one by  Obama.

    Wrong diary (none / 0) (#4)
    by MKS on Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 05:16:32 PM EST
    McCain calls the Yeme raid a failure (none / 0) (#6)
    by MKS on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 11:00:24 AM EST
    Yemen has now withdrawn permission to conduct future raids in its country.  So, we just lost an ally.

    When will we have a Benghazi style investigation into the Yemen raid?

    They'll never (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 11:38:29 AM EST
    investigate what happened in Yemen.

    Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by jondee on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 12:30:55 PM EST
    now we're going to have deal with ppj showing up here and going Yemen Yemen Yemen, Trump lied and people died, for the next year.

    Though... (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 12:39:48 PM EST
    if Yemen no longer allows us carte-blanche with the ops and the bombs that create two problems for every problem they perhaps may solve, that could be a positive unintended consequence of Trump's incompetence...albeit at the tragic loss of innocent lives.

    otoh, since when would Trump respect a nation's sovereignty and laws.  He doesn't even respect our country's laws.


    all this (none / 0) (#11)
    by linea on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 08:13:06 PM EST
    really does need to stop; the special operations, the bombers, the drones, all of it.  in my opinion.

    True (none / 0) (#8)
    by MKS on Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 12:28:07 PM EST
    But we know a lot already:  Trump not in situation room, rushed mission without adequate intel, then cluster f*ck with kids and other civilians killed and target escaping.