This reminded me of our discussion, so I'd thought Id post..
After the Al-Queda threat was eliminated in Yemen, and yes literally by means of a bomb dropped from an unmanned drone, the political and social structures of the country would be next on the agenda for the nation. However, U.S. attention towrds the region dropped off for some time since the immediate threat of terrosim had been eliminated.
After an attack on a U.S. embassy in 2008 by men who were under the influence of bin laden teachings, the U.S. realized they had to return to the Yemen front to dispell andother set of heads created by Al-Queda members. The new group, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), poses a signifigant threat to the U.S. and Obama's Administration. For as we continue to taget them with unmanned drones, they use the bombing as propaganda agianst the UNited States.
This situation seems to parallel our involment in Afganistan in the 1980's, where the lack of the countries socio-economic and political infrastructures seems to creatre a miniture vacuum that works against Western nations.