President Biden is facing a bipartisan reaction after ordering Thursday’s bombing of a facility in Syria allegedly used by allied Iranian militia.
It was Biden’s first foreign strike, and his administration said it aimed to deter future attacks on US troops in Iraq. But he was quickly met with a chorus of criticism from left-wing Democrats and libertarian and conservative Republicans.
“I strongly oppose @POTUS’s intervention in Syria. I can think of better ways to ensure that no one can strike our American forces in Iraq. Stop the endless wars, “wrote spokeswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC).
Representative Roe Hannah (California) wrote: “We cannot advocate for congressional permission before military strikes only when there is a Republican president. Here the administration should seek permission from Congress. We need to work to get out of the Middle East, not escalate. “
Several members of Congress highlighted a tweet in 2017 by White House spokesman Jen Psaki, who criticized an air strike on Syria ordered by then-President Donald Trump.
At the time, Psaki wrote: “Also, what is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country. “
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Recirculated Psaki’s tweet by writing “Great Question.”
Representative Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Said: “There is a tweet about everything …”, which was a frequent remark by Twitter users against Trump.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Wrote on Twitter: “I condemn the interference in the civil war in Syria. I also condemn the attack on a sovereign nation without power. What power does @POTUS have to strike Syria? Maybe someone should ask his @PressSec today? ”
The attack came hours before Biden issued a statement condemning Russia for violating Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity” seven years ago during the annexation of Crimea.
Representative Thomas Massi (R-Ky.) Mocked Biden’s campaign poster with falling bombs and wrote on Twitter, “Priorities …”
Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, told reporters Thursday night that the strike was revenge for a rocket attack on a U.S. military base at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded a U.S. soldier.
Historically, military attacks have been popular among leaders of both political parties in Congress, although few have published public comments on the strike.
However, House Democrat Stenny Hoyer (D-Md.) Praised Biden’s move.
“Today’s air strike demonstrates President Biden’s determination to prevent Iran from targeting US personnel and allies with impunity. “It was a strong act that will certainly send a message to Tehran that our country will not comply with destabilizing actions by its forces or its proxies,” Hoyer said.
Many critics of Biden’s attack in Syria have been pleased with his decision earlier this month to end US involvement in Yemen’s long-running civil war.
Last month, Biden was given a mandate to be given “full visibility” in the proposed airstrikes and drone strikes, the White House said this week.
“On January 20, and clarified on February 19, President Biden established new interim guidelines on the use of US military force and related national security operations. The justification for issuing the interim instructions is to ensure that the president has full visibility of the proposed significant actions in these areas, “pending further review,” said White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn.
Although Trump has repeatedly said he will withdraw US troops from Syria, hundreds remain after generals persuade him to let them guard the oil facilities. The United States began its involvement in the Syrian civil war when Biden was vice president.