Roughly 24 hours after Joe Biden was inaugurated, a convoy of about four vehicles carrying American troops that included some armor and a helicopter gunship escort made their way back into Syria from neighboring Iraq.
Then-President Donald Trump was adamant about staying as far away from Syria’s civil war as possible and as such reduced U.S. troop presence to a minimum in that country ahead of pulling out altogether in a second term, most likely.
But there were a few instances where he was forced to act — to help allies in the region including the Israelis, the Kurdish rebels, and the Turks.
And when he did, he was roundly criticized, just as he was in every other foreign policy decision he made (though we haven’t heard too many people whine about his administration’s multiple peace deals).
“…[W]hat is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country,” then-private citizen Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary, tweeted in 2017.
Biden himself was quite critical of the Commander-in-Chief as well.
“Trump’s erratic, impulsive actions are the last thing we need as Commander-in-Chief. No president should order a military strike without fully understanding the consequences. We don’t need another war in the Middle East, but Trump’s actions toward Iran only make that more likely,” he wrote in 2019.
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