Many on the left were not happy with how President Biden hardened the situation in Israel and voiced their displeasure; however, after what recently happened, they are furious.
The US and British forces bombed several sites used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. It was a large retaliatory strike using warships, submarine-launched missiles, and fighter jets in response to the group’s attacked ships in the Red Sea.
From the Associated Press:
The U.S. Air Force’s Mideast command said it struck over 60 targets at 16 sites in Yemen, including “command-and-control nodes, munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities and air defense radar systems.”
President Joe Biden said the strikes were meant to demonstrate that the U.S. and its allies “will not tolerate” the militant group’s ceaseless attacks on the Red Sea. And he said they only made the move after attempts at diplomatic negotiations and careful deliberation.
Biden did not address the nation but did release a written statement:
“These strikes are in direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea — including the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles for the first time in history,” Biden said in the statement. “I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”
The strike was carried out after the Houthi rebels fired what was called “their largest-ever barrage of drones and missiles” at merchant vessels.
Meanwhile, the left was furious that Biden conducted the airstrike and that he didn’t consult Congress first before authorizing the airstrike.
The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another middle east conflict. That is Article I of the Constitution. I will stand up for that regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 11, 2024
If you had told me on Jan 20, 2021 that Biden would be ordering military strikes on the Houthis without Congressional approval while the Saudis would be calling for restraint and de-escalation in Yemen, I would never have believed it. https://t.co/M2qF5GYcfg
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 12, 2024
One of the most frequently misrepresented federal statutes—often falsely used to justify unconstitutional presidential war powers—is the War Powers Resolution (or Act) (50 U.S.C. §§ 1541-1550).
If only more people would read it.
Contrary to what you may have heard about the War…
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 12, 2024
.@POTUS is violating Article I of the Constitution by carrying out airstrikes in Yemen without congressional approval. The American people are tired of endless war.
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) January 12, 2024
.@POTUS can’t launch airstrikes in Yemen without congressional approval.
This is illegal and violates Article I of the Constitution.
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. https://t.co/PFYYoknib6
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) January 12, 2024