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Hey, and welcome to the podcast. I'm Josh, this is Chuck over here. Say hey, Chuck.
Chuck, I should probably slow it down, stop sounding so, like, morning talk show hosty. Have you heard about the bombing in Yemen of the U.S. Embassy?
I haven't. Did that just happen?
Yeah, it happened very recently. I think the 16th - September 16th.
Wow, I feel like a heel now.
Well, don't feel too bad. For some reason, any bombing that happens in Yemen doesn't make the biggest news. I don't know why because this an Al-Qaeda bombing and [inaudible] it could've been a lot, lot worse. There was a group of guys who were loaded down with explosives, their car was just laden down with explosives and they were making - they were going to go through the first checkpoint, blow up the gate after the first checkpoint and then a second car was going to come through and kill anybody and everybody.
Well, the guards at the checkpoint didn't buy the first cars story so they opened fire and they blew up so these guards were killed but it alerted everybody to what was going on. It was a fire fight between the Yemen security around the American Embassy and the second car and eventually all the terrorists were killed but I think 16 people total died and most of those were - well, no, there was one American but most of them were working at the embassy. It was a big deal. It was the first major terrorist attack on a U.S. target since September 11th, 2001.
But we haven't heard anything about it because Sarah Palin's eyeglasses are making front page news.
Her up dos is capturing most of the headlines.
Right, no wonder I didn't hear about it.
So, I was reading an article in Time and they were saying, like, this is the most recent clear indicator that we have a real problem with Al-Qaeda in Yemen. It's a hot bed. Like, it's very friendly to the west and actually this attack was supposedly retaliation for Yemeni security forces staging, like, counter terrorist activities and Al-Qaeda is, like, what do you think you're doing? So, it is friendly to the United States but, at the same time, it's still kind of a hotbed of Al-Qaeda activity. The thing is, we're pretty fairly entrenched in Iraq right now. I don't know if you've heard -