Biden defends strikes in Yemen despite protest from some Democrats

 January 13, 2024

President Joe Biden made headlines this week when he authorized military strikes in Yemen against the Houthis, an Iranian-back terror group.

While that move has brought criticism from some within his own party, Biden was quick to double down by warning that more strikes could follow.

Biden says "outrageous behavior" by Houthis will result in more strikes

According to ABC News, Biden told reporters during a visit to Pennsylvania on Friday that the mission was a "success" and is an example of what the Houthis can expect if their "outrageous behavior" continues.

The president added that he had "already delivered the message to Iran" and said its government knows "not to do anything." He later stressed, "Iran does not want a war with us."

The Associated Press reported that additional airstrikes were carried out early on Saturday morning using Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from the Navy destroyer USS Carney.

The Houthis have been launching attacks on shipping in the Red Sea in retaliation for Israel's military operations against Hamas.

Fox News reported in November that the Houthis managed to hijack a cargo vessel linked to Israeli billionaire Abraham "Rami" Ungar.

White House is "very comfortable" that president has authority for airstrikes

ABC News noted how National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Air Force One that the United States is "not interested in a war with Yemen."

"In fact, everything the president has been doing has been trying to prevent any escalation of conflict, including the strikes last night," Kirby maintained.

Kirby also defended the legality of bombing the Houthis, saying, "We're very comfortable and confident in the legal authorities that the president exercised to conduct these strikes."

However, that assessment isn't shared by Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves as chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Far-left Democrat: "Stop the bombing and do better by us"

"This is an unacceptable violation of the Constitution," Jayapal wrote in a post on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter. "Article 1 requires that military action be authorized by Congress."

Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush agreed, writing, "The people do not want more of our taxpayer dollars going to endless war and the killing of civilians. Stop the bombing and do better by us."

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