The same members of the Biden Admin who are now claiming they are justified in bombing Syria—were the first to criticize Trump for doing the same, and to question the president’s legal authority to attack the sovereign nation…
Right now, it’s estimated that nearly two dozen people were killed by these airstrikes, which targeted Eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed this attack was carried out at the direction of President Biden, and said it against what they refer to as “Iranian-backed militias.”
In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said, “These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel.”
We have yet to hear a statement from Biden, himself, on why the airstrikes were carried out and what it means for US involvement in the region been.
The Syrian Government released a statement condemning the attack, calling it “cowardly” and warning that US aggression will only serve to increase violence in the region. Russia’s foreign minister also spoke out, and noted the airstrikes put Syrian and Russian troops in danger,
In a statement, he said, their troops were only notified less than five minutes prior to the attack. He noted that no matter how much the US and Russia talk about de-escalating tensions and improving their relationship, those talks become meaningless when Russia’s troops are put in harm’s way.
Both Russia and Syria have long condemned the US for maintaining an illegal troop presence in Syria — and continuing conflict with attacks like this one.
There seems to be a Tweet for everything, and when it comes to Syria, it turns out that top members of the Biden Administration were very critical of former President Trump when he took similar action. In fact, President Biden himself said back in 2019 that “No president should order a military strike without fully understanding the consequences.” He added, “We don’t need another war in the Middle East, but Trump’s actions toward Iran only make that more likely.”
In 2018, Vice President Kamala Harris openly questioned the “legal rationale” of the US launching airstrikes in Syria and said the President needs to go through Congress. And in 2017, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did the same, asking, “What is the legal authority for strikes?” and noting that “Syria is a sovereign country.”