According to a Sky News report, Joe Biden will authorize military action in the Middle East as early as tonight.
BREAKING REPORT: ⚠️ Joe Biden to AUTHORIZE MILITARY ACTION in the Middle East as early as tonight.. -Sky News
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🚨#BREAKING: As early as tonight, President Joe Biden will authorise US military action in the Middle East
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“The commander-in-chief will have been given a number of options by the Pentagon, but the consequences are far from certain and could trigger a wider war,” Sky News writes.
Per Sky News:
As early as tonight, President Joe Biden will authorise US military action in the Middle East.
It is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency.
At stake, the credibility of American deterrence and the teetering stability of the region.
Ever since the game-changing Hamas attacks on Israel last October, this always volatile part of the world has seemed on the brink of a much larger conflict.
The American president will hope his choice in the coming hours will deter any such escalation. It may do the opposite.
America’s enemies have crossed a line: Inaction is not an option, but over-reacting could light the tinderbox of Middle East tensions and ignite a regional war.
For weeks, Iranian-backed militia have been launching attacks on US assets without inflicting casualties.
That changed when a drone penetrated defences at a desert base in Jordan and reached a tent full of sleeping American soldiers.
The report follows a drone attack on a U.S. military base in Jordan near the Syrian border which killed three American service members and injured dozens more.
Joe Biden blamed the attack on “radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.”
🚨Breaking News: As early as tonight, Joe Biden will authorise US military action in the Middle East. pic.twitter.com/MpUSlgeDWi
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Lawmakers have attempted telling Joe Biden he must go to Congress for military authorization, but most Americans know those efforts will be futile.
Congress hasn't issued a formal declaration of war since WWII.
“There is no ‘Iran is bad’ exception to the Constitution. If we’re going to war, Congress must declare it,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said Sunday.
There is no “Iran is bad” exception to the Constitution.
If we’re going to war, Congress must declare it. pic.twitter.com/9iSlJVPwmc
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) January 28, 2024
Per NBC News:
As he orders airstrikes in a growing Middle East conflict, President Joe Biden is facing fresh demands that he ask Congress to vote on a new authorization for military action before proceeding further.
Those calls, however, are falling on deaf ears, with the White House insisting the commander in chief already has approval to carry out the strikes from two authorization for use of military force (AUMF) votes more than 20 years ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
This month, Biden ordered airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen who have launched attacks on ships in the Red Sea, as well as on Iran-affiliated militia groups who have attacked U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq and Syria.
And after a drone attack in Jordan killed three U.S. servicemembers and injured more than 30 others over the weekend, Biden vowed retaliation against Iran-backed militants who he said carried out the brazen assault.
“We shall respond,” Biden said.
House and Senate lawmakers will receive a number of classified briefings about the deadly attack this week. But Biden's vow comes just days after, a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to him urging the president to come to Congress before undertaking military action any further military action.
This story is developing.