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Thank you and now to one of Saudi Arabia's most unsettled neighbors the White House is now considering whether to grant a huge favor to the outgoing president of Yemen.
A nation that's been a launch pad for terror attacks on this country a senior US official says the President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Has asked to undergo medical treatment on American soil.
He reportedly suffered serious injuries in an assassination attempt at his presidential compound in the capital of sun knock back in June.
Of course this could pose problems for the White House Sally has face months of riots from angry demonstrators calling for him to step down.
He has agreed to a US backed deal that would remove him from power early next year but analysts say to take that promise with a grain of salt.
At the same time there are still many on answer questions about yemen's ties to terrorism.
And the potential threat from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Joining us now from the -- Newsroom is KT McFarland she's the former assistant deputy Defense Secretary for the Reagan administration.
Andy Fox News national security analyst and KT I -- take about got -- -- for the US because you know -- says he wants to come here for treatments.
Got a lot of anti government protesters in Yemen say no this is this is someone Seeking Asylum in safe harbor and they want him put on trial for crimes against his people.
I and Emmy -- his country is boiling over and why is that important why don't we think Harris -- Yemen is a country that doesn't have.
-- -- -- well it's a country that's quite for a British -- patient.
You just talked about Iran and -- Iran's nuclear program is spooking Saudi Arabia to think that maybe they should get nuclear weapons as well.
Well I'm a Saudi Arabia's southern border is Yemen Yemen is a country that's now fraud filed a thirty tribes are fighting each other as you point out Saleh.
The president is taking medical treatment in the United States it's probably a dodge to get out of the country so that he doesn't end up.
-- like Egypt's Mubarak did on trial for his life.
Yet you talk about this and nobody knows the Middle Eastern chessboard -- do you do than you do KT -- -- give me an idea of how you play this I mean do you watch as -- kind of boils over as you said.
Or do you try to do something how important is it to the United States the Yemen become more secure and stable.
It's important that for the United -- why because not only is -- -- -- at peninsula with Saudi Arabia but Yemen is where al-Qaeda has set up shop.
You know al-Qaeda crime.
The al-Qaeda that was in Afghanistan and then moved to Pakistan the bin Laden al-Qaeda.
Have given way to the al-Qaeda franchises.
And the most important those al-Qaeda franchises is right -- Yemen.
So -- instability in -- gives a great opportunity.
For al-Qaeda to get an even bigger footprint.
In that region and again -- that important.
Well they could use that as a launching -- horizons about in Saudi Arabia.
But also right across Yemen is Somalia another country a failed state through which a lot and there's -- narrow strait.
Water through which an awful lot of the world's oil and natural gas closed just like it does between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
But what we need this government's transition right Kati and there's no guarantee that -- is gonna leave power anytime soon.
No guarantee that he's going to leave there's no guarantee that if he stays he could keep taking everything in order.
-- to say I'm general Hayden once said to me you know president Saleh of Yemen don't even -- a president.
Think even -- circus juggler.
He's juggling the different tribes he's paying off one tribe is giving another -- weapons and other tribes to access our revenues without solid without a strong leader.
It's very unlikely that Yemen -- -- a stable country.
Kate yet I gotta go but do we let him come to the United States for medical treatment here's the question if you let -- man like we left the shop or run and after he fell in 1979.
Within a few months the Iranians -- American diplomats hostage what might happen.
Two any Americans in Yemen if we do grant safe harbor I think it's a tough call.
-- KT McFarland great to see you thank you thanks very.
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