Joe Biden has caused many disastrous mistakes for America. But this one might be the worst yet.
And now Biden’s recent mistakes have sent the US to war.
The Biden administration’s tangled web of pronouncements and actions regarding the conflict in Yemen raises a crucial question:
Is the United States at war with the Iran-backed Houthi forces?
While the administration insists otherwise, its own actions paint a starkly different picture.
On one hand, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh vehemently denies any state of war.
“We are not at war with the Houthis,” she declared, seemingly attempting to dispel any such notion.
However, this assertion rings hollow in the face of concrete evidence.
President Biden has submitted at least two notifications to Congress under the War Powers Resolution, a legal instrument activated only when U.S. forces are committed to “hostilities or situations where hostilities are imminent.”
The resolution’s very existence contradicts the administration’s denial of warfare.
Furthermore, President Biden himself has authorized multiple rounds of airstrikes against Houthi targets, citing “self-defense” as justification.
But the administration’s initial claims of Houthi attacks solely targeting commercial vessels have morphed into accusations of U.S. military ships being targeted as well.
This shift in narrative suggests a deeper entanglement in the conflict than the administration would like to admit.
Adding fuel to the fire is the growing bipartisan discontent within Congress. A group of senators, including Democrats Tim Kaine and Chris Murphy alongside Republicans Mike Lee and Todd Young, have expressed their concerns over Biden’s unilateral military action.
Their letter to the President underscores the lack of congressional authorization for offensive operations against the Houthis, highlighting a potential violation of the Constitution’s requirement for congressional approval before engaging in warfare.
The senators’ request for further justification and clarification from the administration exposes the murky waters in which the Biden administration is navigating.
The War Powers Resolution demands transparency and accountability in such situations, yet the administration’s actions seem to prioritize obfuscation over open communication.
Even if the administration persists in its verbal contortions, the facts on the ground speak for themselves.
The airstrikes, dubbed “Operation Poseidon Archer,” have resulted in casualties within the U.S. military, demonstrating the tangible costs of this “non-war.”
Moreover, President Biden himself has acknowledged the limited effectiveness of the strikes, admitting that they will not deter the Houthis from future attacks.
This raises the unsettling question: what is the end goal of this seemingly endless military engagement?
Several factors may be influencing the Biden administration’s perplexing stance. The desire to counter Iranian influence in the region, appease Saudi Arabia, and protect maritime commerce in the Red Sea all play a role.
However, these factors should not supersede the fundamental constitutional principles of transparency and accountability, nor should they justify circumventing congressional oversight in matters of war and peace.
The Biden administration’s contradictory pronouncements and actions regarding the conflict in Yemen raise serious concerns about its commitment to transparency and adherence to the Constitution.
Until the administration comes clean about its true intentions and seeks proper congressional authorization, the specter of an undeclared war will continue to loom large over the Yemeni conflict, with potentially disastrous consequences for all involved.
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