(UnitedVoice.com) – President Joe Biden has repeatedly said he wants to reenter the Iran nuclear agreement. He even sent a team of foreign policy officials overseas to engage in “unofficial” talks with representatives from the Iranian government. In the months since those talks began, nothing has come from them and they’ve reportedly stalled. Now, the American president is launching airstrikes on alleged Iranian-backed militias.
On Sunday, June 27, President Biden ordered the military to conduct airstrikes on facilities allegedly used by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the airstrikes demonstrated that the president will “act to protect US personnel.” The military action killed at least four militia fighters. The group, Kataib Hezbollah, said it plans to retaliate.
Breaking: @PentagonPresSec says “At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region” pic.twitter.com/jbn3uXgWr0
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) June 27, 2021
On Monday, Maj. Gen. Yahya Rasool, a spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, said the action by the US military was a “blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty and national security.” He went on to say he doesn’t want Iraq to become the arena for a US conflict with Iran proxies.
The new president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, has said he doesn’t plan to meet with Biden to discuss the nuclear deal or stop supporting the militias the US believes are committing acts of terrorism. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board pointed out that “occasional airstrikes” won’t make up for Biden’s empowerment of Iran. He’s already dropped some of the sanctions that were keeping the hostile nation in check. While the airstrikes may look good in the press, is the president doing more harm than good overall with his policies?
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