WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signaled his support to replace decades-old permits for the use of military force in the Middle East, just over a week after he relied on permits to conduct retaliation against an Iran-backed militia had in eastern Syria.
The Biden government announced its position after a bipartisan law was passed earlier this week to repeal the wars in Iraq of 1991 and 2002, which the presidents of both parties rely on to legally justify the conduct of Have propped up strikes in the region.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden is determined to work with Congress to “ensure that the permits for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that ensures we are Can protect Americans from terrorist threats while they end the wars forever. “
Biden sparked a bipartisan backlash last week after ordering strikes against facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah. The strikes were in response to a missile attack against US troops and civilian personnel in northern Iraq in early February without prior approval from Congress. The US has blamed the militia for numerous attacks on US personnel and interests in Iraq in the past.
Senator Tim Kaine, a major sponsor of the law, said reliance on the decade-long permits to use military force “has no operational purpose, keeps us at war and undermines Iraq’s sovereignty.”
“Last week’s air strikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of its party, will continue to expand its warring powers,” said Kaine, a Virginia Democrat.
Administration officials defended the air strikes as legal and reasonable, saying they had put into operation facilities that housed valuable “capabilities” used by Iranian-backed militia groups to attack American and Allied forces in Iraq.
But several senior members of Congress, including members of Biden’s own party, denounced the strikes – the first military action he authorized. Kaine and others argued that offensive military action without the approval of Congress was constitutionally without exceptional circumstances.
The White House signaled support to replace the permits, despite warning the US not to consider military action following a missile strike earlier this week that struck an air base in western Iraq that houses American and coalition forces. A US contractor died after at least 10 rockets hit the base early Wednesday.
“If we judge that further action is warranted, we will take action again in a manner and at a time of our choosing,” said Psaki.