Houthi rebels in Sanaa. Source.
Studying the Obama administration Middle East policy, one can only conclude that it should be called: malign neglect.
After all, when you declare that retreat is an advance, that surrender is victory and that you lead from behind, something seems clearly wrong with your thinking.
It brings to mind a line from Hamlet. Spoken by Polonius, about the melancholy prince, it is:
Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t.