December 27th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Debate: Should Yemen's president be allowed into the U.S.?

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration has decided "in principle" to allow Yemen's embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh to enter the United States for medical treatment.

Do you think Saleh should be allowed into the U.S.  Let us know through the (unscientific) poll below:

For more information on Yemen and the debate that raged in the White House, read on:

As CNN reports,

"Saleh was wounded in a June bomb attack, forcing him to seek treatment in Saudi Arabia as protests grew against his 33-year rule....Yemen has been wracked with protests throughout the year, with demonstrators and rival factions demanding the president's departure and calling for elections. In November, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Saleh had told him he would come to New York for medical treatment after signing an agreement to step down.

"Under the deal, brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, the president agreed to transfer power into the hands of a coalition government. While unpopular with many Yemenis, Saleh has been an ally of the United States in its war on terrorism, particularly al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

The New York Times highlights the crux of the debate that raged within the Obama administration:

"The decision of whether to admit Yemen’s longtime leader has stirred a vigorous debate within the administration, with some officials fearing sharp criticism for appearing to provide a safe haven for a reviled Arab figure accused of responsibility for the death of hundreds of antigovernment protesters.

"The complex negotiations over Mr. Saleh’s visa request attest to the high stakes for the administration, which urgently wants to secure room for political progress in Yemen but does not want to allow Mr. Saleh to use a medical visit as a way to shore up his political position. Nor do they want to play into Mr. Saleh’s penchant for keeping people off kilter.

"If allowed to enter, Mr. Saleh would be the first Arab leader to request, and to be granted, an extended stay in the United States since political unrest began convulsing the region a year ago."

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  1. hikari

    may Allah bless our godfather Ali Abdullah Saleh and keep him from evil

    January 1, 2012 at 5:48 am | Reply
  2. Alexander

    This man needs to be arrested, many peoples killed under the control of his forces. Not only by orders but through his son Ahmed and other family members. This man have to arrested under the rules and laws of international court for human rights. I can understand that there are many of security systems belong to Ali Saleh activate in the net to give another image for this killer. But the truth is already revealed and well-known. No more lies Ali Saleh you are a criminal and have to be in JAIL .

    January 1, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
  3. eng mazen alawfi

    this acrimnal person . thish person kill more people....

    January 1, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
  4. al yemen

    Not at all not to travel this culprit and that he fought a fair trial must be tried if not killer, why if a student guarantees him and his family, and I say to you is impossible. Aasfah will not survive the punishment

    January 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
  5. shay5ah

    Still supporters of the President of Yemen, representing the majority, Yemeni President rule justly, provided security and stability, the majority of people support him, even now, everyone knows what happened to him by accident, and he needs treatment, the support of the United States against terrorism, and this is one of the reasons for the revolution they want to support al-Qaeda and Houthis and terrorism, and the biggest proof that many of them from al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and Houthis

    January 1, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  6. no name

    yes

    January 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  7. hikari

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    January 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  8. kiira

    Should Yemens President be allowed into the U.S.?
    what a stupid question!!
    of course YES!

    January 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  9. صدى الحرمأن

    well , we will be so happy if u dont allow him ; cuz we dont wanna him to leave us ;
    but if any US must be so proud thand our president will be in its land

    January 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  10. محسن المشدلي

    اكيد بيهرب اصلن الان في اليمن يعتبر مكان خطر حياته واي شخص عاقل يفكل ما راح يطرح نفسه في موقف محرج ..............
    تحياتي

    January 2, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  11. ابو الهمام جبران

    نعم للرجل الذي قاد البلاد الى الهاوية نعم للرجل المحنك الذي بنا طول ماهو في الحكم في اليمن 33عام العقول المخلفة العقول القائمة على الجهل نعم للقائد الذي باع البلاد والثرواة نشكرك ونقول لك ولمناصريك ان نجية في الدنيا لن تجنة في الاخرة باذا الله
    والله ولي التوفيق

    January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  12. Ali In My Heart

    God will protect him and bless his soul ......
    we will love him for ever ........

    January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  13. younis Ahmed

    nooooooooooooooooooooooand no لا والف لا مجرم سفاح قاتل الشعب يكرهه لا احد يحبه الا لمصلحه او غباء او حمق
    no he is a killer .......
    لا والف لالالاالاالالاالالاالالاالاااالالالالاالالاالالا
    لا لسفر المجرم

    January 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  14. يمني حر

    America must allow the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh to enter the U.S.
    yes yes yes yes

    January 6, 2012 at 5:58 am | Reply
  15. shay5ah

    he's the best .. stop saying bad things about ..

    January 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
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