Global travel alerts were issued today for American’s by the State Department, warning that al Qaeda could launch attacks in the Middle East and North Africa. The State Dept. also announced, 21 embassies and consulates would be temporarily be closed due to the expectation of al Qaeda attacks. Did President Obama overreact to intelligence reports that show a potential for attacks in Yemen and other hotspots in Northern Africa and the Middle East? A Senior National security official in Yemen said that the threat appeared to be much worse than it has been in a long time, but is this overreaction on President,s part, a show of weakness. US officials were particularly concerned about the security of the US Embassy in Yemen between the days between Saturday and Tuesday. The 17 Embassies are in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The United Emirates, Sudans and Yemen. Consulates in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also being shut down. Time will tell whether or not this is an overreaction on the part of the Obama Administration or this was the prudent reaction that might save American lives. What do you think?