Syria: Why Didn't We Have This Debate About Yemen?

By Bill Maher

There are about 23 million people in Syria. There are about 24 million people in Yemen. Yemen is Muslim and their national language is Arabic. Syria is Muslim and their national language is Arabic. But Syria became a country in 1918 when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, whereas Yemen became a country in 1918 when the Ottoman Empire collapsed. 

We've been drone-bombing Yemen for a decade and no one gives a F-15 flying fuck. (And Yemen never used nerve gas on their suburbs -- they just have "militants" "plotting.") Why didn't Obama attack Syria by saying we launched cruise missiles at Yemen and they missed?

There've been 22 drone strikes in Yemen so far this year. There were 42 in 2012. Last month, when there was all that "chatter" and we had to close the embassies, we launched nine drone strikes on Yemen. (Like when you're in bed and you hear a mosquito, but you're too lazy to turn the light on, so you wave your arm around. That'll do it.) Those strikes killed 38 people. Did I say "people?"  I meant "suspected militants."

I've never been to Yemen. No one has. So I don't know if the drone strikes there are good or bad. It's like hearing we bombed the Oompa-Lompas. I'm just asking: What makes Syria so different?