The US carried out airstrikes against “Iran-backed militia” in Iraq and Syria. This is reportedly “in response to drone attacks by the militia against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.” The Pentagon reports that the strikes “targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at several locations in Syria and one location in Iraq.”

The Pentagon statement (see below) claims Biden will “act to protect US personnel”: “As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, Joe Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel.”

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The Pentagon statement also began with, “At President Biden’s direction…” Does anyone REALLY believe that Biden is directing anything in this White House? There is something else going on here. Is this just a distraction i.e. “wag the dog” a la Bill Clinton? Is it just window dressing to make Biden appear in control. If it’s just to make Biden appear in control, well, that ship sailed long ago.

Glenn Greenwald could be on to something:

The entire statement from the Pentagon below:

Statement by the Department of Defense
JUNE 27, 2021
(Attributable to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby)

“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. The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. Specifically, the U.S. strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries. Several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), used these facilities.

As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks. We are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq for the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS. The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation – but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.

As a matter of international law, the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense. The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope. As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq.”

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