Americans in Yemen shooting were getting haircuts
One of the two officers at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen who shot and killed a pair of suspected al-Qaida gunmen was getting a haircut at a barbershop when the attempted abduction took place, Yemeni security officials said Sunday.So, basically, the local al-Quaida minor league team thought they'd scored a home run when they heard that there were Americans in town. They figured they'd swoop in, grab the gringos, then either have a nice ransom party or simply saw some heads off live on al-Jazeera TV.
The attempted kidnapping April 24 is the latest evidence of al-Qaida's expanding presence in the capital, a serious challenge to the authority of the already weak central government. It also could strain ties between Yemen and the U.S., which has launched an aggressive campaign of drone strikes against suspected al-Qaida fighters in the country.
Except that the Americans were smart, and took precautions, and when the tangoes burst in threatening everyone, they plugged 'em like John Wayne shooting a cattle rustler...
Yemeni officials questioned the two Americans and released them, allowing them to leave the country. One can only assume that the Americans were let go for fear their manliness would draw every single woman for miles, and in a few years Yemen would be overrun with strong-willed, badass American kids.
And I can't get this scene out of my head:
Well-played, gentlemen, well-played.
That is all.