At least I think that's why people have started calling him Chip...
From Hot Air, the Obama admin is still counting Yemen in the "pat ourselves on the back" column:
JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: I know you’re asked this every time something terrible happens in Yemen, but now that we have essentially complete chaos in Yemen, does the White House still believe that Yemen is the model for a counter-terrorism strategy?
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Jon, the White House does continue to believe that a successful counter-terrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to take the fight to extremists in their own country…
KARL: That’s astounding. You’re saying that you still see Yemen as the model, that building up the central government which has now collapsed, a president who has apparently fled the country, Saudi troops have amassed on one boarder, the Iranians supporting the rebels. You consider this as a model for counter-terrorism?
EARNEST: Again, Jon, what the United States considers to be our strategy when confronting the effort to try to mitigate the threat that is posed by extremists is to prevent them from establishing a safe haven. And certainly in a chaotic, dangerous situation like in Yemen, what the United States will do and has done is work to try to support the central government, build up the capacity of local fighters, and use our own technological and military capabilities to apply pressure on the extremists there.
That's one way to define success, I suppose. Although if they are "confronting the effort to try to mitigate the threat" . . . oh, why bother.
Of course, it doesn't end there. But there's no need to dwell on Bowe Bergdahl's charges of desertion (and five terrorists formally held at Guantanamo Bay back out
on the loose under very, very trustworthy and stringent supervision), and the administration's continued insistence that it was totes worth it.
Why spend time worrying about Iran getting the bomb? With John Kerry on the case there - now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational Smart Diplomacy - we don't even have to wonder how it's going to turn out do we?
Syria? I bet it's been weeks since [the media reported] any Obama red lines having been crossed there. Libya? Well, Hillary came, saw, and Q'add'aff'i died, so I'm sure it's a veritable oasis of peace.
Oh, and ISIS? Jayvee. Besides, I'm sure Obama would tell us...
Obama puts the suck in success.