I’m glad to see (via Glenn Reynolds) that President Obama is calling for some sort of crackdown on Yemeni terrorists, because so far, things seem to have gone quite well for them. Yemen’s Foreign Minister has complained that there are hundreds of al-Qaeda operatives who may be planning attacks like the recent one, and that his country needs help.

[Yemeni Foreign Minister] Dr al-Qirbi said: “Of course there are a number of al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen and some of their leaders. We realise this danger.
“They may actually plan attacks like the one we have just had in Detroit. There are maybe hundreds of them — 200, 300.”
Dr al-Qirbi said it was the “responsibility” of countries with strong intelligence capabilities to warn states such as Yemen about the movements of terror suspects.
The United States, Britain and the European Union could do a lot to improve Yemen’s response to militants on its own soil, he added.

Boy I’ll say!
Because, instead of helping the Yemeni government, the United States has (unwittingly, I have to assume) been helping the Yemeni terrorists by releasing their leaders from Guantanamo. After “art therapy”:

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.
Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.
Both Saudi nationals have since emerged in leadership roles in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and the men’s own statements on al Qaeda propaganda tapes.
Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January, 2009 video along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary.

At times like this I really don’t know what to say.
Is this a war? Are we serious??
Honestly, I’m speechless.
Would it help to point out that we didn’t release captured Nazi leaders after providing art therapy?
But who needs irony, satire, sarcasm, or surrealism with realities like art therapy for enemy terrorists staring you in the face?
There’s also this:

Before the bomb blast bid, the US government was in the process of trying to send home 80 Yemeni prisoners who are at Guantanamo Bay.
Yemenis represent almost half of the roughly 200 remaining prisoners at Gitmo. And any complications over their return to Yemen could mean trouble for Mr Obama’s plan to shut down Gitmo. Obama’s critics have already slammed the plan to send the prisoners back.

I don’t know what the release plan entailed, but I’ll stick my neck out here and venture that art therapy has not worked.
However, since it appears that taxpayer funds were involved, do we at least get to see the “art”?
MORE: For those who may have missed the sarcasm in this post, I found another illustration of the mindset typified by the notion that art therapy will prevent terrorism.
Via Glenn Reynolds, I found a sarcastic reaction to the Detroit’s District Attorney belief that “parenting classes” might have prevented a mother from beating her two-month old infant to death.

“Monsters are monsters, it seems, for want of enough lectures.”

And it follows that terrorists are terrorists for want of art therapy.