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While you were watching ISIS, Iran took Yemen
Legal Insurrection ^ | 10-8-2014 | David Gerstman

Posted on 10/08/2014 2:27:17 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

The Houthis, Iranian backed rebels have taken control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

The comparison to Hezbollah is apt as Reuters is reporting that the Houthi are blocking the appointment of Yemen’s president.

So what’s Iran’s interest in Yemen? It was spelled out by Michael Segall of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs two and a half years ago. A couple of Segall’s observations are sobering:

"Iran regards Yemen in general, and its Shia northern part in particular, as a springboard for subversion and for creating a tangible threat to Saudi Arabia, its main religious-political rival in the region. Iran also seeks to establish a physical Iranian presence, ground and naval, in the countries and ports of the Red Sea littoral, which control the shipping (and weapon-supply) lanes leading from the Persian Gulf to the heart of the Middle East and to Europe.

Islamic Iran aspires to superpower status. It is actively involved in the region’s primary crisis centers. These include the “Arab Spring’s” main fronts with the West and the moderate Arab states: Syria, where Iran backs Bashar Assad through thick and thin; Bahrain, where Iran calls for the overthrow of the Royal House and supports the Shia demonstrators; and Yemen, where Iran is active in attempts to create a new order that is not based on support for the West."

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I bet Obama sends Iran messages every day with his pen and phone, but he's still waiting for a reply. /s
1 posted on 10/08/2014 2:27:17 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

President Jarrett must be immensely pleased.


2 posted on 10/08/2014 2:29:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: Citizen Zed

I was thinking earlier, between the ebola and ISIS stories, Putin could take the Ukraine and it wouldn’t even make the radar. So it was Iran taking Yemen instead.


3 posted on 10/08/2014 2:31:40 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Citizen Zed

Smooth move, Obammy.


4 posted on 10/08/2014 2:33:23 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Citizen Zed

Maybe we can just let the danged Saudis and Iranians murder each other by the millions, and get out of the way.


5 posted on 10/08/2014 2:38:47 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Proud to be Attacked by the GOPe daily!)
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To: Citizen Zed

A co-worker has a friend who is Saudi, but in this country on a Visa. His Visa is about to expire, and he is supposed to travel to Saudi to renew it...

He is scared to do so, because he believes he will be activated into the Saudi national guard.

Why?

Apparently the ‘word on the street’ in Saudi is that all hell is about to break open - and they keep pointing to Yemen as an example of what might happen.


6 posted on 10/08/2014 2:45:52 PM PDT by lacrew
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To: Citizen Zed

There has been fighting in Yemen most of my life. Often proxy wars between the Saudis and other Arabs.


7 posted on 10/08/2014 2:48:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Citizen Zed

And the house of Saud thought that they could keep the beast at bay by giving it money. Oops.


8 posted on 10/08/2014 2:48:33 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lacrew

If he overstays his visa, you are going to report him, right?


9 posted on 10/08/2014 2:49:37 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Isn’t Yemen a bigger s**thole than Afghanistan and Iraq combined?


10 posted on 10/08/2014 2:57:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.)
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To: Citizen Zed

“I bet Obama sends Iran messages every day with his pen and phone, but he’s still waiting for a reply. /s”

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Just taking care of his friends....


11 posted on 10/08/2014 3:00:41 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Ghost of SVR4

He doesn’t want to go...but he will. Decent people are afraid of being a fugitive....and frankly, if he gets deported to Saudi, and if they determine he has shirked his guard duty - well that’s probably not good at all.

So he’ll go. I just find his insight interesting - that the era of royal family rule could go down in flames to an Arab Spring/ISIS/Popular Uprising/Iranian inspired movement.


12 posted on 10/08/2014 3:04:10 PM PDT by lacrew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Talked to a guy from there. He said it’s “stuck in the 70’s”.


13 posted on 10/08/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: lacrew

Time the Saudis fought for themselves instead of calling in Uncle Sam every time their chestnuts are in the fire.


14 posted on 10/08/2014 3:20:43 PM PDT by dfwgator (The "Fire Muschamp" tagline is back!)
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I imagine the royal family is doing what it always does...passing out money in the street.


15 posted on 10/08/2014 3:23:05 PM PDT by lacrew
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To: Citizen Zed
Saudis are sunni and Iranians are Shiite. But Saudi Arabia has a substantial Shiite minority, coincidentally right on top of the oil producing regions. I have seen several analysts state that we are not the first target for Iranian nukes, Saudi Arabia is.
16 posted on 10/08/2014 3:26:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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At this point, What Difference Does it Make?™

Meet the new boss... Same headchopping as the old boss.


17 posted on 10/08/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: lacrew

The House of Saud will be passing out money on the streets of Geneva, where they go to hide out when things get ugly on the streets of Riyadh.


18 posted on 10/08/2014 6:59:34 PM PDT by Ax
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
thanks Citizen Zed, and from the FRchives:
19 posted on 10/10/2014 3:13:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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