Joe Biden’s Strikes, some Democrats have expressed outrage after President Joe Biden authorized air and missile operations against Yemen on Thursday.
On Thursday, the United States and the United Kingdom, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, targeted 60 Iran-backed Houthi rebel targets in 16 locations in Yemen, following the Houthis attacking shops traveling in the Red Sea and ignoring the US’s warning to stop the attacks.
Joe Biden’s Strikes on Yemen Spark Democrat Fury
The Houthis claimed the missile and drone assaults on ships bound for Israel, which began in mid-October, were in protest of Israel’s military action in Gaza.
Biden issued the following statement: “These strikes are a direct response to the unprecedented attacks by the Houthis against international marine vessels in the Red Sea, which includes the first-ever use of anti-ship ballistic missiles in history.
“These attacks have endangered U.S. personnel, civilian mariners, and our partners, jeopardized trade, and threatened freedom of navigation.”
Speaking during a campaign rally at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on January 8, 2024, is President Joe Biden.
To prevent attacks on ships in the Red Sea, the President approved airstrikes and missile strikes in Yemeni territory under Houthi control.
He stated that the strikes sent “a clear message that the United States and our partners will not tolerate attacks on our personnel or allow hostile actors to imperil freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most critical commercial routes.” He warned that he “will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”
Biden’s choice sparked criticism from members of his party. Newsweek contacted a Biden spokeswoman by email for comment on this article. California Rep. Ro Khanna wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that Biden should inform Congress before ordering airstrikes.
“The President must consult with Congress before conducting a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another Middle East crisis. That is Article 1 of the Constitution. “I will stand up for that whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House,” Khanna stated.
Barbara Lee, who also represents a California district, stated that “violence only begets more violence” and reiterated her appeal for a ceasefire in the region.
“This is why I called for a cease-fire so early. This is why I voted against the war in Iraq. Violence simply leads to greater violence. “We need a ceasefire now to prevent a deadly, costly, and catastrophic escalation of violence in the region,” she wrote.
Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was convicted in 2023 for statements concerning Israel, charged Biden of violating the Constitution and stated, “The American people are tired of endless war.”
However, the president did receive some bipartisan backing. Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said in a statement that the decision to strike the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen is important to safeguard Gulf peace and security.
The United States has been dealing with this aggressiveness for far too long, and it is in our country’s best interests to keep commerce flowing freely. Terrorism has no haven anywhere.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “I appreciate the US and coalition actions against the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists who have violently disrupted international commerce in the Red Sea and attacked American warships.
President Biden’s decision to employ military force against Iranian proxies is long overdue. I hope these activities represent a long-term shift in the Biden administration’s approach to Iran and its proxies.”
Following the attacks, Houthis threatened to respond with force. “Any strike against us will be responded to, absolutely, without a doubt, with all force and determination, and the region will be on the verge of escalation, the outcome of which no one knows,” Nasreddin Amer, deputy information secretary for Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthis, told Newsweek.
“Any strike against us has no justification,” Amer said. “As it is only support for Israel to continue killing the oppressed Palestinian people.”