Al Qaeda wants to kill him. Insurgents who chant “Death to America!” have toppled the government. A civil war rages around him. Most of his colleagues have left, and a top U.S. senator says he should go, too.
But Matthew H. Tueller has so far hung on in what might be the world’s most dangerous diplomatic job: U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
“As long as he can operate there, he will want to,” said Ryan Crocker, a former top U.S. diplomat who served with Tueller in Iraq and Kuwait. “He personifies one of my mantras for service in the Middle East: Don’t panic.”
Many people would. The collapse of Yemen’s government only compounds the danger in a country that is becoming a terrorist-infested failed state.