‘What changed?’ Previous Biden and Psaki tweets slamming Trump for Syria strikes come back to bite

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A whole lot of people who decried then-President Donald Trump’s ordered strikes in Syria in 2017 and 2018, but now appear to be perfectly OK with President Joe Biden’s strikes in the Middle Eastern nation, seem to have some explaining to do.

Included among them is Biden’s own White House press secretary, Jen Psaki.

According to the BBC, Biden ordered a military airstrike on Iran-backed militias in Syria this Thursday “in response to attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq.”

“The Pentagon said the strike on Thursday was launched ‘at President Biden’s direction.’ It targeted facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iran-backed militia groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada,” the British outlet reported.

“Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada have previously carried out or supported rocket attacks targeting US assets in the country,” the BBC noted.

This unexpected strike prompted those who oppose America’s intervention in the Middle East into drawing attention to a tweet that Psaki had posted on April 6th, 2017.

That was the day that then-President Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian airbase over reports that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad had attacked his own people with chemical weapons.

View the tweet below:

Now take a look at just a few of the many, many, many people drawing attention to the tweet above, and take note of their political affiliation:

You can’t get any more “diverse” than Rep. Ilhan Omar, a far-left Democrat, and Bridgette Gabriel, an anti-Islamist activist, making the same point.

FYI, there are thousands of more retweets just like this from everybody from Sebastian Gorka to leftist Time magazine editor-at-large Ian Bremmer.

Now, Psaki isn’t the only one under fire. So is el presidente his very own self.

Take a look at what then-Democrat presidential candidate Biden tweeted in June 2019 after a report emerged that Trump had considered striking Iran after the rogue regime had downed a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz days earlier:

This tweet also set off a spate of retweets.


Is there any defense for this apparent hypocrisy?

David French, a controversial conservative commentator who used to write for National Review, believes there is.

Like Psaki and Biden, French appears at first glance to have suddenly made a 180-degree about-face vis-a-vis strikes in Syria.


But after being called out over his own apparent hypocrisy, French fired back by arguing that there’s a difference between authorizing strikes against the Syrian government itself and authorizing strikes against terrorist groups operating in Syria.


Not everybody seemed convinced, though.

In his own tweet about Biden’s strike, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald seemed to acknowledge the difference between targeting “Syrian forces” and targeting terrorists merely operating in Syria.

However, he also suggested that this distinction alone doesn’t necessarily justify the administration’s strike — and that both Biden and Psaki still have some explaining to do because “the question still applies.”



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