I wasn’t following this story in real time, but when it came to my attention today, the irony was too poignant to ignore. A friend just sent me the content of an post from Journalist Casey Coombs on the First Look, Intercept website.on May 4. It is called “Stuck In Yemen: A Personal History“. In the article, Coombs describes being stranded in Sana’a during the Saudi bombing campaign because the United States decided not to rescue US nationals in the country.
On April 30, the U.S. State Department posted updated information for Americans in Yemen with this printed in bold: “There are no plans for a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of U.S. citizens at this time. If you wish to depart Yemen, you should stay alert for other opportunities to leave the country.”
So there he is. Abandoned in a war zone. Fortunately, the locals are friendly, including the Houthis guarding a nearby outpost..
A month later, he is an American Hostage of the Houthis, freed by the Sultan of Oman.