White House: ‘We cannot be an occupying force in a place like Yemen’

January 26, 2015 8:21 AM

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White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Sunday sought to shore up the Obama administration’s message on recent events in the Middle East, stressing that the collapse of Yemen’s central government will not derail strategic counterterrorism operations in the region.

“I think it’s very important to recognize that governance in Yemen has always been difficult,” McDonough said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We will continue to press on the ground, including today, to make decisions transparently, pursuant to a political agreement, so that we can work with them to ke...

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