Thursday, May 23, 2024

Biden’s Latest Airstrikes Spark Controversy: Critics Recall Pledge to Avoid ‘Endless Wars’

President Joe Biden is facing bipartisan pushback after ordering airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen without seeking Congressional approval. Social media erupted with criticism, with many users resurfacing an old tweet where Biden vowed not to return to "forever wars in the Middle East."

Biden’s promise to use military power responsibly is now under the spotlight, as the US and the UK executed over 60 strikes in Yemen to counter Iran-backed Houthi group’s attacks in the Red Sea.

In a past tweet, Biden had declared: “As President, I will use military power responsibly and as a last resort. We will not go back to forever wars in the Middle East. #DemDebate”

Social media users were quick to point out the apparent contradiction. One user sarcastically remarked, “Narrator: ‘He did, in fact, go back to endless wars.'”

Another user criticized the allocation of tax dollars, stating, “Then please stop giving my tax dollars to Israel! You are funding a forever war against Palestine.”

A third user drew attention to Biden’s decision-making process, stating, “I will become a dictator and not ask Congress for approval. Even my own party is calling me out. Can I have my ice cream now that I violated the Constitution?”

The airstrikes on Yemen followed a series of drone and missile attacks by Iranian-backed Houthis on shipping vessels in the Red Sea.

“The United States has been involved in hostilities in Yemen, in one form or another, for over 5 years now,” wrote Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky. “The sad reality is Congress frequently refuses to assert its authority.”

Representative Ro Khanna emphasized the need for Congressional approval, stating, “The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another Middle East conflict.”

“If President Biden had enough time to form a multinational coalition to plan and conduct strikes in Yemen, then he had enough time to seek and obtain an authorization from Congress as our Constitution requires,” noted libertarian former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. “Without this authorization, any nondefensive military action is unconstitutional and unlawful.”

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