It really doesn’t matter at this point how Americans see the abrupt evacuation of our last forces in Yemen: a contingent of about 100 special operations troops.
What matters to the future of everyone, including Americans, is that we entered Yemen after 9/11, at the invitation of the government in Sanaa, to hunt terrorists. We did it with some success for years, although the metric shifted under Obama from improving the overall situation in Yemen to merely killing terrorists when the opportunity arose.
And now, a combination of local rebel forces, Iranian sponsors, and transnational terrorists – including Islamic State as well as Al Qaeda – has removed the government we were working with, and driven us out.
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