The weak and confused Middle East policy of Sleepy Joe Biden triggered tensions in less than two months, and the region looks like a powder keg ready to explode.
In a missile attack that took even his fellow Democrats by surprise, Biden hit Iranian-backed forces inside Syria in what he claimed to be a proportional response. None of this makes sense given that Biden was engaged in negotiations with Iran to re-enter Nuclear Deal talks, and the Iranians were working with Syria to prevent the recent rise of ISIS.
Biden’s hit on Iranian-backed forces came on the heels of a coalition contractor dying of a heart attack after rockets peppered an outpost near the Syrian border. At the time of the response, media reports had yet to confirm whether the contractor was American.
The Pentagon called the initial strike a “proportionate military response” that was coupled with “diplomatic measures.”
In a sudden reversal, Biden followed up what may have been a grave mistake by ordering U.S. forces to stand down and scuttle a second planned attack. His botched and inconsistent orders prompted Iran to cancel talks with the White House, and others in the region are now calling him “weak.”
Former President Donald Trump brought Iran and terrorists to heel by launching massive and excessively disproportional responses. His strong presence sent a clear message that an attack on an American puts your entire country at risk. That strength and leadership ushered in a growing Middle East peace that fell apart when Biden returned to the White House.
Biden installed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a career military bureaucrat, who put more effort into navigating the politics than hitting the right target. Reports indicate that the strike took out a group of Shiite militia members. Iran and Syria contend the fighters were hunting down ISIS in the region. Although the Kata’ib Hezbollah group was largely considered an Iran-backed terror outfit during the Obama years, they have been retooled. Biden seems confused by the changing political shifts and the fact Iran, Syria, and Russia routinely partner to target ISIS combatants.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based outfit, has been heavily critical of the strike that may have killed 22 anti-terrorist militia members.
“The strikes destroyed three lorries carrying munitions. There were many casualties,” the observatory’s Rami Abdul Rahman reportedly said. “It is a bad sign regarding the policies of the new U.S. administration.”
The misguided attacks caused a rift across the Middle East. Iran now refuses to renegotiate the Nuclear Deal that Biden promised to re-enter. Syria and its primary ally, Russia, expressed outrage at the breach of sovereignty and international law.
In less than two months, Biden managed to upend the relative peace. In its place, NATO plans to increase its troop presence, and Biden won’t bring America’s remaining sons and daughters home as promised.