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Yemen president gets stern warning from Obama press secretary

Yemeni Protestor Faces 4-3-11

Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on violence in Yemen, as provided by the White House

The United States strongly condemns the use of violence by Yemeni government forces against demonstrators in Sanaa, Taiz and Hodeida in the past several days. 

The Yemeni people have a right to demonstrate peacefully, and we remindYemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Jay Carney ponders a media question 2-11 President Ali Abdullah Saleh of his responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis who are exercising their universal right to engage in political expression.

We call upon the Government of Yemen to conduct full investigations into these events and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. 

The United States strongly supports the Yemeni people in their quest for greater opportunity and their pursuit of political and economic reform that will fulfill their aspirations. 

President Saleh needs to resolve the political impasse with the opposition so that meaningful political change can take place in the near term in an orderly and peaceful manner.  

We call upon all sides to engage in a constructive political dialogue and to chart a course that puts Yemen’s unity, progress and future prosperity ahead of individual agendas.     ####


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Photo: Yahya Arhab / EPA (Protestors' faces in Yemen this week); Associated Press (Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh); Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press (Carney).

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Well I bet he's shaking in his boots now.

Bush war bad
Obama war good

Bush Gitmo bad
Obama Gitmo good

Oh No
Carney is a scary dude.
Thats like Justin Beiber gettin all up in your face!

I would hope that the president and his press secretary would adhere to the list posting requirements and shut up. You must be over 13 years of age to post. That is mental age. A stern warning after our abysmal interferance and non existant follow up so far in other arab nations coupled with the kid like looks of our press secretary is laughable and embarassing for all Americans. This administration has lowered our international respect factor to new depths.

OOOOOOH! Now, the new whitehouse spokes poodle is making foreign policy...Where's Boob Fibbs when he is needed most? At least he never knew anything.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the republic is dissolved in the name of empire...and all the people ask for are more bread and circuses.

The president of Obamanation is hell-bent on aiding and abetting the Islamists in every way he can. How he brings down that once great nation of the United States of America.

I'm sure Mr. Abdullah will change his evil ways because that real tough guy Jay Carney says so and has also instructed him in what he "needs" to do.

Eeeewwwww! a warning from Carney! boy that would scare me! he looks like he has the spine of an amoeba! Has there been a worse PS! NO! he exudes grayness.

Ouch! Very stern!

nobody listens to Carney... nobody

The number of so-called journalists who go to work for Democrats is really a scandal that should be investigated. Jay Carney, with his wife, two of the most pampered pets of the Left really should be ashamed of his role as Obama's mouthpiece. Not that he wasn't anyway, but this is silly. But what's really funny is the sight of this teenage-looking nerd at the podium shaking his finger at foreign leaders. It's a laugh. My 12 year old son would instill more fear in the Yemeni president than Little Jay.

Oh my! Another strong condemnation!! What a bunch of Peter Principle fools. These Clowns are always posturing and will do nothing. Libyian oil is the ONE and only reason O'Bomber started the missiles flying into Libya. Of course the media is fine with it because of (D) and (D) only.

To believe these upsets in the Middle East are driven by democracy is absurd. The movement is driven by Religion, Clans and Tribes. The overriding problem for the US is that we have scratched and are now retreating (very bad thing to do). The question that has yet to be answered is the fluid nature of our allegiances and a clear definition of our foes. Above anyone Obama should understand the culture and nature of this religion and the people, considering he was raised muslim.

Promises broken, do not expect much in war lead by an impotent man.

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"We call upon all sides to engage in a constructive political dialogue and to chart a course that puts Yemen’s unity, progress and future prosperity ahead of individual agendas."

I wish he/they went by this in our own country.

What a joke. The Regime in charge both here and in Yemen.

Yemen president gets a stern warning from Obama press secretary
If I was the President of Yemen, I would be unable to sleep at night knowing the non citizen's is upset with me. And the non citizen---he is meeting with Al in NYC, trying to work out a deal on the back taxes Al's business owes the IRS. It is way past time to impeach the non citizen!!

That's like Barney Fife threatening a Hell's Angel.

So Carney's running the country now? Well, at least he can speak without a teleprompter.

I would like to see Yemens "Bill of Rights"? I would like to see where it says Yemens can exercis their universal right to engage in political expression. Our Bill of Rights was intened for US Citizens only. I did not see it become the Universal Bill of Rights? Let Yemen do what they do, Weather you agree with it or not, We sbould be looking at our country and what people are doing under our noses for years.

Oh no, dennis the Menace issues a warning. Be afraid, be very afraid!

Gee, that's tellin 'em.

Except the problem is nobody cares what our president thinks or does, because his foreign policies are a joke.

HAHAhaha! Oh wow, I needed a good laugh today. After what we did (not) do to Gahdafi, I am sure that President Saleh is loosing lots of sleep over this "warning". He may have already left the country.

Now that every country in the world knows that the U.S. will do nothing but except whine and complain, we will be ignored. If we show weakness, then we will be perceived as weak throughout the world.

"Walk quietly and carry a big stick"

The reason they are using this fresh faced totally unlikeable troll is because they want you to direct your anger at him instead of the sociopath degenerates that are actually creating the misery we call .... "Living in ØmeriKa" .. hey hey.. yea yea ...

Is it me, or does Jay Carney look like an adolescent aged Michael J. Fox behind the Big-Boy podium?

Yes, warn away. I'm sure the Yemenese Pres is quaking in his sandals.

Extremely well said. If followed to the letter, then we will have a prosperous Yemen that will join the nations of the free world.

Is this kid joking??? And the Yemeni Pres is supposed to take him seriously....

This is truly a case of first graders running the university....

Great. I suppose the Boy King is going to take our military personnel in there next.

Does this mean Mr Carney that if there are not changes, then we will send in 200+ Cruise Missles to help straighten out the thought process of the government?

Mind your own business and stay out of the politics of other countries.

Well this is just starting to get REALLY stupid. So now we're screwing with yet another foreign leader who is friendly to the US while siding with radical islamists?

This "President" is like a 12 year old trying to conduct foriegn policy with the help of his housewife mom (hillary).

God let it end.

Jay Carney 's warning and $3.50 will get you a medium foamy latte at Starbucks.

Does Carney know where Yemen is?

Doesn't this twit evoke all kinds of fear in you? If he does you must be a member of the corrupt elite. Your days are numbered.

I am sure their president is quaking in his boots.
Carney is a bigger joke than Gibbs.
How can anyone take this administration seriously?

Vote in 2012 the progressive disease out of office.

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So now the press secretary is in charge of foreign affairs? This guy has less credibility than Gibbs.

Obama is the laziest, most irresponsible president we've ever had.

A new low for our Absent in Chief. So now the press secretary issues stern warnings to a foriegn head of state and sometimes ally in the war on terror. I guess running off to two campaign events didn't leave him time to do it himself. Seems I recall Monday when he launched his re-election campaign he promised that it was just a timing thing and he would really, really be working hard for the American people. Oops there goes another campaign promise.

Oh I'm sure he's just shaking in his boots now. Look at that sniveling twit !

Oh no, this guy must be shaking in his boots. This little squirt yuppie in the WH is sending out a warning. What next, a "double secret probabtion." This kid has zippo world knowledge or experience. Then again this makes him oneof the geniuses of this admin. None of whom has any real world knowledge.

This empty suit in the White House is too busy picking basketball winners and raising money for re-election to actually make these statements himself.

Let these Arab nations settle their own differences. Let's get the hell out of there!! These differences have been going on for centuries. We are arrogant SOB's to think we can change them. It would be easier to put a man on Mars!!! Also, this is costing taxpayers extra in addition to all the billions we sen to these countries for oil!

OMG - I'll bet that has President Ali Abdullah Saleh shaking in his sandals!

#Yemen ... "The way to begin the struggle for solving the unrest is to deliver truth, justice and hope to its people, especially to the youth who try to rebuild a real- existing democratic civil nation."

Whoa, thats a bit harsh...perhaps we better tone it down a few notches. We certainly don't want anyone to think America is threatening anyone.

Carney gets to wear the Bib Boy Pants now? I'm sure the Yemeni president is all atwitter by this bravado. Can this be arranged as a Face to Face?

I'll bet the Yemenis are shaking in their sandals.

What really bothers me is that the President of the United States doesn't have the wherewithal to come out and deliver such a pointed statement. That is HIS job IMO.

Hey, Carney - Iraq is a mess - Afghanistan is a mess - now Libya is a mess. Clean up this crap then start lecturing other countries, assuming you'll be around that long.

I can't believe our idiot president. Yeman's president is the only ally we have in the area besides Israel and Obama treats him like a war criminal. I got news for everyone. In war there are no rules. It is kill the enemy anyway you can and as many of them as you can. The Yemani president should kill everyone against him. Do you Do Gooders realize under your idiotic "rules for war" every American soldier in WWII would be considered a war criminal.

How can you warn someone, while at the same time you are giving him the weapons he is using to kill his people? On another note how can you have "meaningful dialogue" with a killer and the head of an official mafia that has ripped off the Yemeni people of all its substantial economic and financial resources?

It sure seems we are selective as who should and who should not have democracy. We are only protecting the oil and the Saudi Wahabi Royal familiy, the rest is bunch of malarkey.

The longer we allow this to fester the bigger the real change will be and the harder for us to control it. The Bahraini people will not sit down now. They have seen what was done to them and who is and who is not on their side.

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