October 24, 2016 | Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

Hostile nations are taking advantage of Obama’s final days

Why would an Iranian proxy in Yemen provoke a fight with America?

There was almost most universal puzzlement among several Middle Eastern diplomats I talked to in the last few days. They were trying to game out what exactly happened when US Navy ships, including the destroyer USS Mason, came under rocket fire off the coast of Yemen earlier this month. The likely culprit: a Yemeni militia known as the Houthis.

These trends have been building for several years, but “the pace is accelerating and intensifying,” says John Hannah, senior councilor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

America’s enemies and competitors have “tested and tested, and found that there’s not much resistance,” Hannah says.

“Once deterrence begins to wear down, restoring it can, perhaps, be done by the next administration, but at higher costs. And that’s the danger.”

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