Biden Orders Airstrikes On Syria, Why The Double Standards?
President Joe Biden ordered his first military airstrikes on Thursday, targeting “multiple facilities” used by Iranian-backed militia groups in eastern Syria. Yet when Trump did this, the Democrats attacked, Biden called it a war crime, Jen Psaki attacked what Trump did in a tweet, but now that good old Uncle Joe is doing it, it is just fine.
The strikes were in response to recent attacks against American and U.S.-led Coalition personnel in Iraq and to “ongoing threats” to those personnel, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement Thursday evening.
At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Kirby said, adding:
These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel. Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).
Kirby said the “proportionate military response” was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners.
“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” Kirby said.
He characterized the airstrikes a “defensive precision strike.”
It is not yet clear if there were any casualties associated with the airstrikes. According to the Washington Post, the strike “was believed to have killed up to a handful of people.”
Earlier this month, a rocket attack in northern Iraq — believed to have been carried out by Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq — killed a contractor working with the U.S. military and injured a U.S. service member. There were additional rocket attacks against another Iraqi base that housed American contractors and near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
The strike comes just a little over a month into Biden’s presidency.
Biden was under mounting outside pressure to act, particularly since former President Donald Trump had taken quick action after Iran-backed militia groups conducted similar attacks in Iraq in December 2019 that killed an Iraqi-American contractor.
After the groups retaliated with more attacks and pro-Iran protesters threatened the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Trump ordered a strike that killed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani.
Yet during the last administration, both Biden and Democrats attacked Trump for strikes on Iran, questioned if he had the legal authority to do this.
When Trump retaliated for Syria using gas, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki questioned the legality of US airstrikes on Syria, this is coming under fresh scrutiny.
The renewed attention came after the Biden administration launched airstrikes on Syrian territory, targeting what the Department of Defense said were Iranian-backed militias operating there.
Psaki posted the tweet on April 14, 2017, after the Trump administration launched airstrikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following a nerve agent attack on civilians by regime forces.
It said: “Also what is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country.”
At that time Ilhan Omar supported Jen questioning this, yet now for some mysterious reason she is sitting in silence, why is that?
Least we forget, in 2019 Biden called out Trump, said his actions were impulsive and erratic, putting our troops in danger. We have to wonder, what has changed? Or does he have a messiah complex where he believes he can do this just because he is Joe Biden? Sure sounds like the president he used to serve under.