The JMP promptly responded that the shooting was an attempt to legitimize Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime through chaos, a warning that applies equally to al-Alwaki’s “near miss.” According a statement released by the group, firing on Yadoumi’s car marked, "an attempt at escalation and to reshuffle the deck, and push the country to civil war, under the illusion that this will enable them to remain in power.”
An official with the Interior Ministry told Xinhua that the attackers were hired by the Houthis, standard propaganda from the government.
Unlike the Obama administration's “leak,” however, a positive takeaway lies within today’s “near miss” (so far it is unclear whether Yadoumi’s life was actually threatened). Whereas al-Alwaki’s active hunt signals an endless cycle of Reapers and U.S. warplanes in the southern governorates, the JMP is one step closer to breaking with the GCC’s highly unpopular initiative. Or maybe it has now reached that point. Hasan Zaid, secretary general of the oppositional Haq party, condemned the act in universal terms.
“Any attack on any senior opposition leader is a direct attack at all the leaders of the JMP," said Zaid, who has also been detained by the regime.
Rightfully viewing the shots on Yadoumi as Saleh’s response to its own transitional council, the JMP has pushed forward by announcing an August 1st deadline to name its members. The coalition may fail in uniting all of Yemen’s tribes, the Houthis, Southern Movement, urban and youth protesters - its stated objective - but its secondary mission is to “relaunch protests against Saleh.” The JMP also adhered to non-violent resistance by affirming that the government’s violent provocation will not distract the peaceful revolution.
"Committees have been set up to start dialogue with all the forces of the revolution including the [defected] military, political parties, the youth protesters, and all the forces inside and outside the country," said Mohammed al-Sabry, spokesman for the JMP's Common Forum. "Our objective is to unite all these forces to achieve the goals of the revolution and overthrow the rest of this regime."How many revolutionaries will stick with the pariah remains uncertain, but the JMP is adapting quickly to situation at hand. Much quicker than the White House and Riyadh.
Naturally the Obama administration’s unsustainable policy in Yemen once again lands on the wrong side of democracy. Although the White House and State Department have yet to formally comment on the dual transitional councils (or Yemen’s revolution in any form), the State Department did send Janet Sanderson and Daniel Benjamin to sell what is predominately the Pentagon and CIA’s counter-terrorism to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Rather than back away from a toxic GCC proposal, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and the State Department counter-terrorism chief issued a joint-statement declaring, “We strongly support the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative which would lead to a peaceful and orderly political transition.”
Washington's vision of a "post-Saleh" Yemen would simply drop Saleh and keep his regime.
The Obama administration still believes the JMP (and all of Yemen’s revolutionaries) should accept the GCC’s initiative when Saleh’s personal forces just attempted to eliminate one of its party leaders. Furthermore, the Common Forum, "holds the national security leadership, the head of the Republican Guards, the head of the special guards and the leader of central security responsible for this criminal event.” All of these groups have been trained and armed by U.S. Special Forces and CIA personnel, units that the Pentagon openly boasts of training as they kill and maim peaceful protesters.
Now the Pentagon might have just shot the GCC’s initiative in the crossfire. We are awaiting more details on Yadoumi’s shooting, but the last 24 hours serve as a microcosm for the disastrous state of U.S. policy in Yemen.