President Joe Biden is facing bipartisan backlash after ordering an airstrike on Thursday of a facility in Syria allegedly used by an Iran-allied militia group.
This is the first airstrike conducted under President Biden and his administration stated that they hope to deter any future attacks against US troops. Biden quickly received criticism from both Democrats and Republicans alike. “I strongly oppose @POTUS meddling in Syria. I can think of better ways to ensure no one can strike our US forces in Iraq. Stop the endless wars,” wrote Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina. Democrat representative Ro Khanna also wrote “We cannot stand up for Congressional authorization before military strikes only when there is a Republican President. The Administration should have sought Congressional authorization here. We need to work to extricate from the Middle East, not escalate.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tweeted “I condemn meddling in Syria’s civil war. I also condemn attacking a sovereign nation without authority. What authority does @POTUS have to strike Syria? Perhaps someone should ask his @PressSec today?” Jen Psaki is also facing scrutiny after an old tweet resurfaced from 2017. The tweet specifically questioned then President Trump’s decision to strike Syria stating “Also what is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country.”
The airstrike was said to be in response to a February 15th rocket attack against a US military base in northern Iraq according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The strike killed a US contractor and injured a US soldier. US occupation of Syria began under the Obama administration. Former President Trump did express interest in moving troops out of Syria but left hundreds in the country after generals persuaded him to leave them to guard oil facilities.
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