Biden’s Irrational Reprisals in Iraq and Syria

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“U.S. strikes on Iraqi militias are neither deescalatory nor defensive, and they do not ‘restore deterrence.’ They are reprisals that invite retaliation and encourage further escalation. They also happen to be illegal. If you wish to deescalate, you do not respond to non-lethal attacks by killing people, but that is how the Biden administration has responded to attacks on bases in Iraq. This does not make Iraqi militias more quiescent. It predictably provokes them. The Trump administration had said that they would respond with strikes if Iraqi militias killed American soldiers, but the Biden administration has actually lowered the bar for taking lethal action against Iraqi militias …” (07/06/21)