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So long, Saleh...
Posted by: max
Date: December 04, 2017 09:06PM
One of the smartest guys in Yemen, in a religious war a Sunni who had support of Shia, in a forty year dance where one mis step would end in a certain death, he finally missed a step...

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Machiavellian...he was universally seen as corrupt and unprincipled,...United States ambassador to Yemen from 2010 to 2013, called him “completely untrustworthy.”...Mr. Saleh appeared to relish the leverage that the terrorist menace gave him, cheerfully exploiting his country’s problems in his petitioning for outside aid....
Mr. Saleh’s two immediate predecessors had been assassinated less than a year apart, and when he came to power in 1978, few thought he would last long....
In balancing rival tribes, Islamists, socialists, southern separatists and pushy foreigners, “he was like one of those jugglers with the plates spinning on the sticks,” said Barbara K. Bodine, the American ambassador to Yemen from 1997 to 2001.
“He kept all the plates in the air,” she said, calling it “a considerable political achievement.”...


Mr. Saleh, who was killed on Monday in Yemen under circumstances that remained unclear, was a canny manipulator of Yemen’s complex tribal politics who once likened his presidency to “dancing on the heads of snakes,” but his Machiavellian skills and good luck finally ran out. Aides said he died after an explosion at his home in Sana, the capital. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, his onetime allies in the war, said they had killed him in an ambush in the desert.

On Saturday Mr. Saleh had publicly broken with the Houthis, calling on Yemenis to “defend the nation” against them. That move in a lifetime of juggling alliances proved to be his last.
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Re: So long, Saleh...
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 05, 2017 09:08AM
Imagine his life? I would love to see that movie.
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