That the United States supported former Yemenite strongman and fierce dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh for many years is no great secret. Members of Saleh’s family received U.S. military training, and a number of elite Yemen Army units they headed were responsible for instances of savage repression and gross violations of human rights.
Saleh was a “star pupil” in America’s anti-terrorism school, and Washington was only too glad to underwrite his harsh counter-insurgency methods. All of this was done in the name of fighting al Qaida and other Islamic militant groups.
Saleh is gone, but his influence lingers inside Yemen. America …