February 22, 2011
U.N. inspectors assigned to evaluate the threat level of weapon caches throughout Yemen reported Sunday that they were “underwhelmed” and, “to be honest, a little embarrassed” for the Yemeni army after observing firsthand the low quality, poor condition, and overall shoddiness of the country’s military arsenal. “I turned to [fellow weapons inspector Dr.] Will [Schlesinger] and was like, ‘Are these guys having a yard sale or something? What the hell is this junk?'” U.N. field technician Dr. Karl Ludviggssen said. “We visited 17 sites, and the most threatening things we saw were eight Soviet-era surface-to…well, frankly, surface-to-probably-nothing missiles. What a waste of time.” The U.N. Security Council said the uselessness of the inspection was eclipsed only by that undertaken in Iraq in late 2003
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