The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.
Intelligence gathering is certainly one important aspect of the counterterrorism business, but ultimately the U.S. needs to prosecute and incarcerate these individuals -- and our federal court system remains the most effective way to bring terrorists to justice.
President Obama, at his pre-vacation press conference Friday, promised more "transparency" on U.S. government surveillance programs. But he made no mention of the need for more information about who our government is secretly killing abroad.
It's a sad day when our government has to shut down our embassies and diplomatic posts in such vast numbers. But it's an equally sad day when nobody really questions or digs beyond the surface into why such extreme actions must be taken.