Headline RoundupFebruary 28th, 2021

Perspectives: Biden's Syria Air Strike

Summary from the AllSides News Team

After receiving criticism for his recent airstrike against Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria, President Joe Biden penned a letter Saturday to congressional leadership, arguing the strike was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense. Lawmakers on both sides criticized the Biden administration for the strike, arguing military action without congressional approval is unconstitutional. Those lawmakers included Republican Reps. Nancy Mace, Jim Banks, Rand Paul, and Lauren Boebert; and Democratic senators Tim Kaine and Chris Murphy, as well as Representatives Ro Khanna and Ilhan Omar. Those who support the president's decision, however, contend that Biden's approach struck a balance between protecting U.S. military troops and potentially "reopening conversation" with Iran. Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Tom Cotton and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, expressed support for the air strike. On Sunday, Iran rejected the European Union's offer to arrange nuclear talks with the U.S. Coverage from across the political spectrum highlighted lawmakers' reactions of criticism and of support for the air strike, and some provided analysis as to what the air strike means for foreign relations going forward.

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