World Biden's Criticism of Trump's Soleimani Strike Resurfaces After He Orders Syria Attack
Biden’s Syria Airstrikes May Feel Like Trump Déjà Vu. Here’s What’s Different.
American airstrikes on Iran-linked paramilitaries in Syria this week were a deterrent response to attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Iraq. Yet they also to seem have been a conscious refutation by the Biden administration of the Trump administration’s wild, dangerous approach to both Iraq and Iran. Trump’s recklessness almost ignited a regional war. The Biden team’s handling of Thursday’s airstrikes looks very intentionally un-Trump—but Trump left Biden with a dangerous enough predicament in Iraq that even a more careful, deliberate approach might not be enough to fix it.On Thursday evening, U.S.
President's criticism of the Trump administration's strike against a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, last year has resurfaced following his operation to launch airstrikes in Syria.
"The last thing we need is another war in the Middle East," Biden said on January 5, 2020. "My greatest worry is, Does anyone have confidence thathas thought through what the next steps are?"
Syria Wants End to Israel's 'Terrorizing' Strikes and Russia, Iran, Turkey Agree
Syria's U.N. mission told Newsweek that "repeated Israeli attacks on the Syrian sovereignty are not only a technical issue related to the safety of civil air traffic in Syrian airspace, but rather an act of aggression that violates the 1974 ceasefire agreement."Newsweek recently reported on the hazards associated with multiple countries operating in Syria's crowded airspaces, where military and civilian aircraft face increasing risks from the country's civil conflict, which reaches it's 10th anniversary next month.
VIDEO - Flashback: Biden Attacks Trump Over Soleimani Strike, ‘the Last Thing We Need Is Another War in the Middle East’ @JoeBiden https://t.co/zdqPuFDmHN— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) February 26, 2021
Biden's remarks last year came after former President Donald Trump ordered a highly controversial airstrike that killed Soleimani in Iraq on January 2. Soleimani was awho led Iran's Quds Force, the foreign branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
At the time, the White House said Soleimani had been the mastermind behind attacks on Americans during the past two decades and accused the general of further "plotting imminent and sinister attacks" against the nation.
ISIS Is Down but Not Dead Yet
The ghost of the 2003 Iraq war has hung over and shaped every decision the United States has made on the Syrian civil war since 2011 across two administrations. Now, the incoming administration of President Joe Biden will soon grapple with the same question Biden confronted as vice president: how to handle the Islamic State as it finds openings and regroups. As it looks ahead, the Biden administration would be wise to study how the U.S. worked to end the Islamic State’s territorial grip on Syria two years back—and who laid down their lives for it. © Provided by The Daily Beast STR/Getty The U.S.
Critics of the killing, however, said it nearly led to a war with Iran and created unnecessary tension in the Middle East.
"I spent my whole life doing national security and foreign policy...and the reason why President Obama picked me is because of my background in national security and foreign policy, and intelligence matters. You don't do things this way," Biden said last year in response to Trump's order to strike Soleimani.
Biden's criticisms have resurfaced a day after he ordered his first military action as president.
On Thursday, Biden a, in retaliation for a rocket attack on American troops in Iraqi Kurdistan earlier this month. The strike killed at least 22 people, according to estimates from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Defense Department called the bombing in eastern Syria a "proportionate military response" conducted "together with diplomatic measures."
US’s first military action under Biden draws criticism
Biden’s approval of US raid in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias critcised in the Middle East.The United States military said it carried out measured attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militias, in response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq.
But Biden has since received backlash from some lawmakers, who have claimed the strike was, and who viewed the measure as going too far.
"I am deeply concerned about the legal justification of the airstrikes in Syria. Military action — in a country wherehas not authorized war — is unconstitutional in almost all circumstances," Democratic Representative said in a statement.
Omar also quoted a 2017 tweet from White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki, which questioned Trump's authority to launch strikes on a Syrian airbase following a chemical weapons attack against rebel forces.
"What is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country," Psaki wrote at the time. Omar quoted that tweet Thursday and wrote alongside it: "Great question," in an effort to point out
Thursday's operation was also criticized by Republican Senatorwho tweeted Friday: "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?"
Why Joe Biden’s pro-union message is so significant
Some labor historians think Biden’s rhetoric on unionizing is stronger than FDR’s.The White House released a video statement of Biden referencing an ongoing vote in Alabama to decide whether Amazon workers at a Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse will unionize. The Bessemer workers are in the middle of a seven-week vote that began in early February and will end in late March. It’s the first time since 2014 that Amazon workers in America will decide whether or not they want representation from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
Responding to criticisms, The White House defended the action, and said that the Defense Department had briefed congressional leadership before the strike.
"There will be a full classified briefing early next week, and sooner if Congress wants it," a National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson"The administration has been briefing the Hill at the member and staff level today."
"The strikes were necessary to address the threat and proportionate to the prior attacks," the spokesperson added.
Is Joe Biden Catholic Enough to Take Communion? .
Some bishops—and many conservative laypeople—think the second Catholic president should be denied access to one of the faith’s most important sacraments.If some Catholic leaders had their way, Biden wouldn’t be able to take Communion at all. A committee of bishops recently gathered to examine the “difficult and complex situation” of a Catholic president who publicly supports expanding abortion rights, contrary to the faith’s teachings. Later this year, a representative of that group will likely offer guidance on Biden’s future ability to take Communion. For now, the cardinal who oversees Washington, D.C.