(BrightPress.org) – Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for indicating that he was “very supportive” of strikes launched on Yemen by the Biden administration in response to Houthi-led attacks on commercial shipping and U.S. Navy vessels in the Red Sea.
The U.S. and U.K. jointly initiated a series of devastating drone strikes on Yemen, hitting targets that they claimed were connected to Houthi attacks on vessels in the region. Houthi media have espoused their claims that they will continue to attack any vessels they believe are coming from or going to Israeli ports. The Houthis are backed by Iran and are aligned with the Palestinian cause in Gaza.
In a post on X (Twitter), Gaetz poked fun at Graham, suggesting that it was “Breaking News” that Graham supported “another war.” Numerous comments on the post suggested that they were unsurprised that the Senator found another war he was excited about.
Biden was assailed by criticism from both sides of the aisle over his decision to launch strikes in Yemen without seeking Congressional approval. It’s been a long-standing tradition for the President to engage in military action without seeking approval from Congress, despite the power to declare war ostensibly resting with the legislative branch.
Graham said he supported the strikes against “Houthi rebels” in retaliation for their strikes on international shipping lanes. Graham expanded on the subject, suggesting that radical Muslims only understand force. He said that Biden’s prior attempts at deterrence had failed and that military force is the only solution to continued aggression in the region.
The Houthis have vowed and enacted additional strikes, a U.S.-owned commercial vessel was hit by a missile as it traversed the Gulf of Aden on Monday, January 15th. There was little damage and thankfully no injuries and the ship continued on its way. The attack marked the 30th strike on commercial shipping vessels by Houthi forces since mid-November last year.
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