Embassy Closure Extended, But Are They Even the Target?

Officials Not Clear What the Target Will Be

The weekend closure of US embassies across the Middle East was already expanded through the rest of this week, and in some cases may last an entire month, officials say, citing an “abundance of caution” amid fears of an imminent attack.

But are the embassies even the intended target? That’s not clear at all, officials admit, saying that they know al-Qaeda wants to attack US assets and that might conceivably mean embassies, but it could just as easily be tourist sites, airports, or really anything.

That’s one of the big problems as speculation grows around the “imminent” threat; though officials say what evidence they have points to an attack very soon and some ties to the Arabian Peninsula, they have next to no information about targets and seem to just be guessing.

It’s not sitting well with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R – TX), who insists closing the embassies makes the US look “like a bunch of cowards,” saying that if the US had sufficiently overwhelming security at all of its embassies they’d never have to close them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.