Soon, we may again be grateful that Obama is President.
George Bush would not resist the Neo-Cons' urging that he should use military force in the Yemen. The Right Wing American 'think-tanks' still believe in bombing and shooting their way to peace - in spite of Iraq and Afghanistan. The provocation of the failed bomber trained in the Yemen has put them into war-hawk mode.
In an interview today Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said the conflict with al-Qaeda was a priority for his government despite wars with Shia rebels in the north and with separatists in the south.
"We need more training. We have to expand our counter terrorism units. The United States can do a lot, Britain can do a lot, the European Union can do a lot in that regard."
The Yemeni Government is fighting three internal enemies. They would love our soldiers to fight their wars for them. This time al-Qaeda would be a side-show compared with the challenge from the Shias and the separatists. It's anyone's guess whether the Government is a better bet than either the separatists or the Shias.
The other most alarming news of the day slipped off the main news agenda on the BBC tonight. Another Nato soldier has been shot dead by an Afghan soldier and two have been wounded. This is same Afghan army which Nato is training to defend democracy and the rule of law. It's the simplest strategy for the Taliban to feed their assassins into an Afghan Army that is recruiting tens of thousands of fresh mercenaries.
There is a precedent for our training our future enemies. It was the Americans who trained the Mujahaddin who now call themselves the Taliban.
As we have no independent Foreign policy, our best hope is that the American President will act to justify his Nobel Prize for Peace.