Bipartisan Lawmakers Challenge Biden on Unauthorized Military Strikes in Yemen

Skylar Hawthorne

Updated Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 12:12 PM CDT

Bipartisan Lawmakers Challenge Biden on Unauthorized Military Strikes in Yemen

A coalition of nearly 30 bipartisan U.S. House members has raised serious concerns over unauthorized military strikes against the Yemen Houthi rebels. The group, spearheaded by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), has taken a strong stance against the continuation of Middle East military actions without explicit congressional approval, sending a direct letter to President Joe Biden.

The lawmakers, representing both ends of the political spectrum, are united in their assertion that no president has the constitutional authority to bypass Congress when it comes to decisions of war. This growing skepticism signals a shift in perspective about the U.S. role in Middle East conflicts.

In defense of the military operations, the White House and its ally, the United Kingdom, have positioned the airstrikes as necessary retaliations to Houthi assaults on commercial shipping, a conflict that escalated during the Israel-Hamas war last October. Despite this justification, the 1973 War Powers Act mandates that the president must inform Congress within 48 hours of any military action and restricts engagement to a maximum of 60 days without congressional consent—a law enacted to prevent unilateral war declarations.

A bipartisan array of senators stands firm that the War Powers Act does not offer carte blanche for military action and demands explicit congressional approval. Reps. Khanna and Davidson have challenged the legal grounds for the Middle East strikes, arguing they do not meet the criteria of a direct attack or imminent threat to American interests.

Amid these disputes, President Biden has confirmed ongoing strikes against the Houthi rebels, despite acknowledging their ineffectiveness in curbing Houthi aggression. Concurrently, efforts to release more hostages held by Hamas have been discussed in Biden's conversations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

CIA Director Bill Burns is set for meetings in Europe with Israel’s Mossad chief David Barnea and other Middle Eastern intelligence figures. The objective is to negotiate the release of hostages and a temporary halt to the Israel-Hamas conflict, building on the constructive talks led by the National Security Council spokesman John Kirby with Egypt and Qatar.

The November deal, which saw the release of over 100 hostages from Gaza during a weeklong ceasefire, highlighted Qatar's pivotal role as a mediator in the conflict, despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's condemnation of Qatar's involvement. Qatar has since hit back, calling Netanyahu's comments "irresponsible and destructive."

President Biden's dialogue with the Qatari emir included discussions on another potential hostage deal and a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. This comes in the wake of the Hamas attack on October 7 in Southern Israel, which resulted in around 1,200 deaths and the kidnapping of about 250 individuals. Following the November ceasefire, where some hostages were released, approximately 130 remain captive. Hamas continues to demand an end to the war and the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for more releases. The international community watches closely as these complex negotiations continue to unfold.

Conservative Bias:

Here we go again, folks, with the liberal elite's blatant disregard for America's safety, undermining our military's efforts to protect global stability. These so-called "bipartisan" lawmakers are nothing more than left-wing doves in hawk's clothing, enabling terrorists by questioning our Commander-in-Chief's necessary actions to keep America and her allies safe. They're too wrapped up in their bureaucratic red tape to see the clear and present danger posed by the Houthi rebels, who, let's not forget, are backed by the Iranian regime. It's a sad day when our president is handcuffed by his own party and their weak-kneed compatriots across the aisle, who would rather see America bow down to international law than stand tall as the beacon of freedom. Congress should be supporting our president in taking decisive action, not tying his hands with outdated laws that embolden our enemies.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, we witness the brazen overreach of presidential power as Biden continues the reckless tradition of unauthorized military strikes, a clear violation of the War Powers Act. This bipartisan outcry is a beacon of hope against the imperial presidency that has run amok, acting without the consent of the governed. The blood of innocent lives in Yemen is on the hands of an administration that perpetuates endless wars. It's high time that Congress reclaims its constitutional role, and it's heartening to see lawmakers from both parties standing up to the executive branch's war machine. The hypocrisy of the White House, posturing as a peacemaker while simultaneously raining down destruction, is appalling. The American people deserve better than a government that acts as judge, jury, and executioner in the world's most volatile regions, all while ignoring the very laws designed to prevent such unilateral and undemocratic actions.

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