Following the drone strike in Jordan that claimed the lives of three American soldiers, President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he had already decided on the United States’ response.
Neither the timing nor the specifics of the administration’s response were specified by Biden. Some have speculated that it may arrive in waves over the next several days, but the consensus is that it will arrive shortly.
Despite holding Iran partially responsible for the attack, Biden stated during a short exchange with reporters outside the White House that he is not seeking a conflict with the country.
According to Biden, “I do hold them responsible in the sense that they’re supplying the weapons to the people who did it,” he stated before departing for campaign rallies in Florida. A broader conflict in the Middle East is unnecessary, in my opinion. That is not the kind of thing I am seeking.
This was Biden’s first public address since Sunday, following the revelation that Iranian proxies had carried out a drone strike on a U.S. base in Jordan over the weekend, killing three soldiers and wounding scores more. During his brief remarks, Biden stated that the United States “shall respond.” The majority of Monday was devoted to him and his national security staff deliberating possible responses.
Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi militant group backed by Iran, halted operations against the United States later on Tuesday, according to press reports.
When questioned for reaction, Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters, “Actions speak louder than words,” and added, “there will be consequences.”
Although the United States has not yet assigned responsibility for the attack, Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh informed reporters on Monday that the drone strike bore “the footprints” of Kataib Hezbollah.
According to John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, Biden phoned with the families of the three troops on Tuesday morning, offering condolences and support. Following the approval of all three families, Biden is scheduled to attend Friday’s respectful transfer of those troops at Dover Air Force Base.
The White House has been tight-lipped about the options given to Biden, claiming it will respond firmly at its own pace. However, according to sources who spoke with HEADLINESFOREVER, one of the options was to target Iranian forces in Iraq or Syria, or even Iranian naval assets in the Persian Gulf.
Officials from the White House have also emphasised that, although the United States is bound to respond, there is no desire to make an already volatile situation in the region even worse.
There will be no more conflict under our watch. Kirby made it clear on Monday that escalation is not in view. “However, rest assured that we will take all necessary steps.”