Biden takes heat from Democrats over airstrike in Syria

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s decision to conduct an airstrike on Iranian-backed militias in Syria in retaliation for multiple attacks said to have threatened Americans — a move that earned him some harsh criticism from progressives, according to Fox News.

The airstrike was carried out Thursday night, and Psaki said that Congress had been briefed on the move before it happened.

“A thorough, legal response”

According to Fox, Psaki called the move “necessary” to protect Americans and said Biden wanted to send an “unambiguous message” about his intentions to do so.

“He has the right to take action in a manner of his choosing,” Psaki said of Biden’s first military move as president, adding that his action was legal.

“I can assure you there was a thorough, legal response,” Psaki said, as Fox reported. She added that Biden has “been doing this long enough not to set red lines,” and said that the action was a “proportional” military response that included “consultation with coalition partners.”

The airstrike reportedly came in response to several Iranian attacks near Erbil and the Green Zone between Iraq and Iran, including two missiles that struck near the American embassy in Iraq.

An American service member was injured in one of the attacks on Erbil, along with several others, according to NPR. A civilian contractor was killed.

Republican praise, progressive criticism

Republicans including House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul (TX) and Rep. French Hill (AR) both praised the airstrike, with McCaul saying he had encouraged the administration to respond and that he “commend[s] them for doing just that.”

GOP Sens. Marco Rubio (FL) and Lindsey Graham (SC) also lauded Biden’s move. “It is imperative that our enemies know that attacking Americans comes at a cost,” Graham said.

But those on the left aren’t seeing things in quite the same light. Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed the attack, saying he was “very concerned” that it “puts our country on the path of continuing the Forever War instead of ending it,” according to Fox.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), meanwhile, said in a statement that “[t]he American people deserve to hear the Administration’s rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress.”

“Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances,” Kaine said, according to Politico. “Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously.”

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  1. i good idea would have been to drop a few missiles on hunter Biden he is one of our biggest threats to america taken in them millions for daddy

  2. Bernie Sanders needs to shut it, until he is fully aware of this intetntion, he needs to do more his job in sread of nosing in other business, he has enough trouble with his own backyard!!

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  5. If Hunter Biden is not persecuted for his crimes then we have no True Justice system in America. The only ones that go to prison for their crimes are we the people. As far as our politicians go they don’t SEEM to worry about ever going to prison for their crimes , it’s as if they seem to be bullet proof for their crimes. I always thought that NO ONE WAS ABOVE THE LAW. The people that we hired to run country have become our Dictators over our lives and its time to remove all the corrupt ones from our system before they take all of our rights away. Remember People these corrupt Dictators can’t beat all the millions of people in America if we were to march to Washington and take them out out of office manually

    1. Right on! No justice, no America . . . Just what the progressive Democrats want. Unfortunately with huge support of the majority of dems in Congress.

  6. We’ve seen and heard of so much corruption even before the 2016 election and we keep hearing things like they got evidence and such but apparently they have corrupted the FBI and the Department of Justice and just look at those two impeachment there was nothing you could say was a court of law there was no due process and they did their best to make him guilty before it even started from obamagate to the Fast & Furious help our hurricane and 30 thousand emails… yet none of these people have been indicted or come anywhere near court of law just look at Chuck Schumer he actually stood on the steps and threatened two Supreme Court Justices by name… what made Chuck Schumer so special and talk about abuse of power… look no further did Nancy Pelosi or should we say Queen Nancy
    And some of those people may have committed treason did Joe Biden is building his administration with these same people…. the corruption is out of control now they don’t even try to hide it and of course without consequences it will continue to run our government

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