U.S. airstrikes on pro-Iraqi militia strongholds in eastern Syria, Pompeo questions effectiveness of attacks

Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State. waves to the media.

After Biden ordered airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia strongholds in eastern Syria on Thursday, Feb. 25, Pompeo expressed hope that the Biden Administration‘s airstrikes were effective and substantive and did not drop bombs in the desert.

In Thursday’s attack, the Biden administration targeted the Shiite militias Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada on the Iraqi border. They are both suspected of receiving funding and military support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

A senior White House official said the attack was actually a defensive tactic meant to counter rocket fire by Iran and its militia on U.S. forces in the region.

Pompeo: Hope It’s a Substantial Attack

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told “Ingraham Angle” that the U.S. airstrike in eastern Syria Thursday night should have targeted “something that threatens the United States. “You have to protect your troops, you have to build deterrence,” he told host Laura Ingraham. “We’ve done this twice and it’s worked well.

I don’t know what they hit, or what targets they attacked,” Pompeo added. I hope he didn’t throw a bomb into the desert. I hope it’s really attacking things that are threatening the United States. If it’s not, it’s not working.”

The airstrikes are said to have targeted facilities near the Syrian-Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The attack came more than a week after a rocket attack on a U.S. military base in northern Iraq. One U.S. citizen contractor was killed and one U.S. service member and other allied personnel were wounded in that attack.

On Monday (Feb. 22), a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy, but caused no casualties.

Pompeo added, “You don’t need to get into trouble before you do an airstrike.” “I’m confident we can do it …… safely in and safely out. We have to make sure we stop the Iranians everywhere. Being soft on the Iranians will only be rewarded with more terror from them.”

The Trump administration carried out attacks on Syrian territory in 2017 and 2018. And that 2018 attack was still a joint attack with France and Britain. And both attacks were in direct retaliation for chemical attacks against their own people as a result of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In January 2020, the Trump Administration also carried out a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that killed senior Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s elite QudsForce.

White House Secretary Questioned Trump Military Action 4 Years Ago

In 2017, Jen Psaki, now White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s “legal authority to launch an attack” on Syria was after it ordered military action.

She tweeted, “Assad is a brutal dictator, but Syria is a sovereign nation.”

When Psaki’s nearly four-year-old tweet surfaced, many Twitter users took a jab at her in response as well. One said, “Hey girl! Guess it’s your turn this Time, huh?” Another commented, “Great tweet. I look forward to your denunciation of Biden’s illegal attacks at tomorrow’s press conference.”

Even far-left U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-N.Y.) retweeted Psaki’s (D-N.Y.) old post, adding sarcastically, “Good question.”

Biden has also attacked Trump’s military actions

In October 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called then-President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria “unstable and impulsive.”

This afternoon, I will discuss Trump’s recent actions in Syria and how his out-of-control, impulsive decisions are endangering our troops and making us all less safe,” he said at the time. Watch live at 5 p.m. ET.”

Biden, speaking in Iowa at the time on Trump’s decision, also said, “The events of the past week …… have made it shockingly clear just how dangerous this president is.”