Yemen hardly makes headlines, there’s plenty of reason to believe that Washington is already engaging in some iffy business over there, and the Wikileaks cache has only increased the alarm of watchers. Yemen
But a recent New York Times Op-Chart -- States of Conflict: An Update -- only found space for
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan and in turn offered a distorted and incomplete picture of counterterrorism efforts. US
Here is my response to the invisible conflict in
, which The New York Times published this week Yemen :
When conflicts are broken down by numbers, things tend to be obscured.
To what extent has
United States technology and manpower been deployed in during 2010? That question is not taken up in the Op-Chart, which would have benefited from significant details like the number of United States covert actions in Yemen, the amount of dollars Washington gave Sana to train the Yemeni special operations forces, and how many Yemenis think American policy is headed in the right direction. Yemen
A December 17, 2009 missile strike that killed dozens of civilians in southern Yemen is just but one data point in this cycle of violence (Salon has compiled an invaluable timeline).
|Madar, Yemen (BBC)|