A recent article reported that President Obama’s senior counterterrorism official is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence was surprised by the collapse of the U.S.-backed Yemeni government.

He said Yemen’s American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic state militants.

Apparently, no one in the federal government, from the president or secretary of state on down, sees any problem here. In fact the president is trying to get additional “war powers” to take on ISIS. Why is the U.S. fighting other people’s wars when they won’t fight themselves? Why are we funding “armies” that refuse to fight for their own countries’ safety?

There seems to be a huge disconnect between the reality on the ground in the Mideast and the rarified air being breathed by our “leaders” in Washington.

I fail to see where we can hope for any positive results in this part of the world.

Bill O’Brien

Palmetto Peninsula Drive

Mount Pleasant