Will Saleh be a disgrace to Obama's reelection campaign?: An Update: A re-update news report
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Washington definitely, would have its headaches consequent of the reported visit of Yemen’s Dictator Abdu'llah Saleh to the US purposely for medical reasons. The headaches must have encompassing adverse effects to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama.
Saleh's condition must have prompted the urgency of his medical treatment which could no longer be delayed up to the US presidential election would be over wherein Obama is seeking reelection lies most of the headaches. Allowing Saleh's entry into American soil in 2012 would be explored and exploited as a campaign issue against Barack Obama.
However, delaying Saleh's medical treatment until US polls on November 06, 2012 will be over would put him into a longer time lingering in pain which his conditions couldn't wait that long. So, the nagging question for Mr. Obama is, Will Saleh be granted US entry now, or later after the election?
The Yemeni dictator is being battered by civil unrests at home which demand him to step down. He had signified willingness to step down with the provisions of immunity on his favor but was rejected which must have sparked continued hostilities. The great diplomatic impact of Saleh going to the US while still dictator of Yemen appears to have complications. To keep a foreign leader in a like country like the US would entail so much security responsibilities as well as concomitant problems.
In order for him to be solely freed from custodial responsibilities of his country is to resign his post to end a 33 year old dictatorship in Yemen before going to the United States to seek treatment. Allowing him into the US as a private citizen from a foreign nation would be a lot easier and entails less if no headaches at all.
Should the health conditions of President Saleh requires that he must go to US for treatment any time in 2012 at the height of the presidential election campaign, the matter is left for President Barack Obama to decide and whatever be the courses of actions to be taken to deal with the matter would be the best for the greater interest of the United States of America and the president of Yemen. For sure, Mr. Obama would not gamble his great chance of a second home run to the White House in exchange of generosity to allow Saleh to the US at a critical time like the height of the campaign period.
Considering the question in which this news report is anchored, many believed that Saleh’s US entry for medical purposes will not affect the present US poll exercise at campaign stage especially to re-election candidate President Barack Obama. “I do not think it would matter since Obama would not be re-elected anyway”, said Vauldine. “I agree with Vauldine 100% -- too many people are disappointed in his 4 years. But it will be interesting to see if Obama does make a political move for that reason dhreff. You raise a good question”, Stephanie said.
For his part Northsumn32 said, “I doubt that most Americans care whether Saleh comes to the US or not. By the way he has signed a deal brokered by the GCC. The opposition accepted the deal which was supported by Saudi Arabia and the U.S. It is the original protesters for democracy who oppose the deal. Saleh's coming to the U.S. for medical treatment is probably an excuse to get him out of the country temporarily. His family is still involved though including a son who leads military forces. What Americans should care about is not Saleh coming to the U.S. but the U.S. backing the deal in the first place”. “It will definitely be interesting to see the impact of President Saleh's entry into US...what impact it has ..if any” , Nina said as well.
With these responses representing the best minds of AV writers point to just three things: 1} Saleh’s medical treatment in the US will not affect the re-election bid of President Barack Obama for the simple notion that he will not be re-elected, 2} Saleh’s presence in the US will affect Obama’s re-election only when US backed Saleh’s deal with his people, 3} Saleh’s temporary stay in the US for treatment and its effect to US poll exercises is yet to be seen.
Divine Providence must have granted President Saleh’s wish to be treated in the US. A news report hotly circulating at AV website “Yemeni President Saleh leaves for USA” saleh1966 reported. “God willing, I will leave for treatment in the United States and I will return to Sanaa as head of the General People's Congress party”. “I ask for forgiveness from all my people, men and women, for any shortcomings during my 33-year-long rule” said President Saleh quoted from reliable sources as lifted from saleh1966’s news report.
Finally, the much speculated President Saleh’s US trip has come. However, the speculative minds and attitudes of AV writers like this one will remain speculating concerning the atmosphere that will prevail during the dictator’s temporary stay in the US. On other hand, the ever volatile and changing situation in Yemen makes the world keep watching over that country.
This page will continue the forum along this inquery.
Recent news reports confirmed that President Saleh of Yemen is now in the United States of America for medical treatment of his wounds.
Annotation of re-update clause
As one of the news reports says, "Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived Saturday in the United States for medical treatment for burns he suffered during an assassination attempt in June, after which he spent several months recuperating in Saudi Arabia" ( saleh1966, Allvoices, Jan. 29, 2012}.
It is hoped, the president of Yemen will be able to get the best US medical treatment that will totally heal the burns he sustained in an assasination attempt on his life in June, 2011. He went to Saudi Arabia for the initial treatment but the wounds did not heal which necessitated the present US treatment he is undergoing. His stay in the US is on closely watch to determine if it will disgrace Obamas re-election bid.