Lawmaker sees a major security threat with Obama’s evacuation of Yemen
The Obama administration’s weekend decision to evacuate all personnel from Yemen means the U.S. now has no way to effectively gather intelligence about possible terrorist threats against the United States, according to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
As a result, McCaul said his biggest fear is that plots against the U.S. will be able to develop in Yemen without any way for the administration to stop them or act against them.
“Now, because we are withdrawn completely, we will have no intelligence footprint or capabilities to monitor what AQAP and ISIS and the Shia militants are doing in the region,” McCaul told ABC News on Sunday. AQAP is a reference to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“Good intelligence stops plots against the homeland,” he said. “Without that intelligence, we cannot effectively stop it, that’s what I’m most concerned about.” More