By Bill Van Auken
30 December 2009
Three days after the failed attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian student to trigger an explosion on a Northwest Airlines passenger jet, President Barack Obama threatened to unleash US military power in Yemen and across the globe.
Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation Monday to deliver his bellicose remarks in the face of a crescendo of Republican criticism. The Republican right has tried to exploit the abortive attack in order to indict the Democratic administration as “soft” on terrorism.
In his remarks Monday, Obama justified these actions as a means of keeping the American public “safe and secure” in the face of what he termed “a serious reminder of the dangers that we face and the nature of those who threaten our homeland.”
The reality is that the military actions being prepared by Washington will have just the opposite effect. If the statement attributed to the group Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula claiming responsibility is to be believed, the attempted airline bombing was undertaken in retaliation for the December 17 US bombing of Yemen that claimed the lives of more than 60 civilians, nearly half of them women and children.
Fallout from bomb plot rocks US – 30 Dec 09
December 29, 2009
The US president has said the attempted bombing of a US airliner indicates a “systemic failure” of security measures.
But airline safety procedures are not the only things that may change after the botched attack.
The effort to return US detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to Yemen may also be in jeopardy.
Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports.