After over a year of public protests and violent crackdowns, Yemen will finally see the ouster of US-backed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The protesters are well short of their goals, however, and many fear that the elections may short-circuit their protests.
That’s because the entire Saleh regime remains in place, and the election is a single candidate vote, which will replace Saleh with a new US-backed dictator, Major General Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
And while its just a formality since the US has been pushing for him for months now, President Obama today publicly endorsed Hadi, saying the imposition of a slightly younger military dictator in a rigged election will be “a model for how peaceful transition in the Middle East can occur.”
Already some in the opposition are abandoning the protesters, with former military defector Gen. Ahmar urging voters to turn out and vote. The prospect of boycotts in southern Yemen and in Houthi controlled provinces remains, but for the political interests that jumped on the protest bandwagon, the negotiated settlement, even if it provides nothing that those protesters actually wanted, amounts to a victory.
6 thoughts on “Good Enough? Obama Sees Single-Candidate Election in Yemen as ‘Model’ for Middle East”
the funny part is that you know there will still be a ton of fraud, and ballet stuffing
The sheer hypocrisy of the Obama and his administration makes me want to throw up! I hope he loses in November. At least the Republicans are honest about their duplicity. And I really hate to say this but I am now certain the George W Bush was a better president than Obama ever could be.
>I really hate to say this but I am now certain the George W Bush was a better president than Obama ever could be
Every day I become more drawn to agree with that, however, further thought tells me it's just despondency playing games in my head. There is no significant difference between Bush and Obama.
Change? The people got played by the puppet masters.
The only difference between hegemony and "R2P" is distractive partisan rhetoric?
The only hope now is if the rest of the world manages to cage the monster that owns US.
Several U.S. soldiers killed in Djibouti. One non-combat four under investigation. This follows U.S. killed last week in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dubai, United Emirates.
Not a surprise, after all, its exactly how the Democrats are conducting their nomination process for the candidate to be the next President. Obama brings Chicago-style democracy to the world.
Probably this single candidate is just as good as the warmonger, peace prize winner was for America!
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