"The Yemeni government's legitimacy was already low before all this started, especially in the south, and now it is worse. And now it is worse."
- General James Jones (ret.), President Barack Obama's former National Security Adviser
"In the context of AQAP [being able to] launch an attack and the partnership that Saleh has extended to us, it is in our homeland security interest that he continue to work with us. We can't have partners that attack their own citizens. I hope they survive [because] we can't see who the next leader will be."
- Garry Reid, deputy Secretary of Defensee for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism
A helpless impression of U.S. foreign policy.