President Biden ordered a series of retaliatory precision airstrikes in Syria, reportedly killing eight Iranians after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps crashed a UAV into a building, killing a U.S. contractor and wounding six other Americans.
This move comes after the total number of troops killed by Iran-backed groups continues to rise, experts say. Iran’s regional strategy of working through proxies and carve-outs is continuing unabated.
The open question is when will the Biden administration ditch tit-for-tat strikes and work to roll back Iran’s Shiite militia network in the heartland of the Middle East?
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow and Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “Washington needs a better response ratio to Iran-backed attacks, be they in Syria or Iraq or emanating from one domain but striking the other.”
Unfortunately, President Biden’s lack of a long-term solution will only lead to more deaths of U.S. troops and civilians.
We need a president who will take a tougher stance against Iran and its proxies.
We need to ensure that deployed troops have adequate air defense cover to deny and defeat the persistent rocket and drone threat. Failure to do so will only lead to more deaths.