Man of Two Minds: Pompeo Simultaneously Praises, Pans Biden’s Syria Strikes

Middle East

On Thursday night, the US launched the first Syria attack of the Biden presidency, targeting what the Pentagon claimed were the bases of “Iranian-backed” Iraqi forces in the eastern part of the country. Syrian media called the strikes an act of “aggression.” Moscow pressed the US to show “unconditional respect” for Syria’s sovereignty.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has leapt to the defence of the Biden administration over Thursday’s Syria attack, slapping down a journalist’s suggestion that it could get the US bogged down in a conflict in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

Ingraham, a self-professed critic of Donald Trump’s 2017 and 2018 bombings in Syria, said she was “skeptical” about Thursday’s attacks as well. “Isn’t this what China wants as well? For us to get bogged down even more in the Middle East, Mr. Secretary?” she asked.

“We’ve got to make sure that we deter the Iranians every place. Weakness and appeasement with the Iranians will only be rewarded with more terror from them,” the former official added.

The Trump administration carried out massed air and missile strikes in Syria on at least three occasions, doing so in 2017 in response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces in Khan Shaykhun which President Bashar Assad called a “100 percent fabrication.” In 2018, the US, France and Britain carried out a second round of strikes…

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