White House Continues to Insist Yemen a Model for Counterterrorism

Say Model's Success Shouldn't Be Judged by Nation's Instability

When the US pushed heavily for the Arab Spring installation of General Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as president of Yemen in a single-candidate election, the White House started championing it as a model for the rest of the region to emulate.

With the country falling apart and Saudi Arabia now preparing to invade, most people would be looking to take that back, but not the White House, which continues to insist the “Yemen model” is a successful one.

Press secretary Josh Earnest went so far as to scoff at the notion that the collapse of Yemen should even be considered when examining the model, saying the US “never tried to build a Jeffersonian democracy there,” and that foreign policy in Yemen had never been focused on government stability.

None of the officials discussing the collapse of Yemen offered a separate metric through which the measure the success of the Yemen model, simply insisting the calamitous ongoing situation was not something to pay attention to.

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.