In the midst of all the chaos and missile attacks in the Red Sea, the U.S. Central Command bravely stepped up to the plate, once again thwarting the evil intentions of the Houthi. It was the third time this week that these rebels attempted to strike fear into the hearts of innocent sailors, and the third time they failed. The US strikes destroyed two Houthi anti-ship missiles, sending a message to these troublemakers that America won’t stand for their shenanigans.
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Biden’s dilemma: It’s hard to deter the Houthis when they are spoiling for a fight https://t.co/patS4tDN2e
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 19, 2024
Even President Joe Biden had to come clean and admit that the Houthis are not backing down, and who can blame them? With the current administration’s weak stance on Iran and the Houthis, it’s no wonder the rebels feel emboldened. Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley called out Biden, saying that all this mess could’ve been avoided if only there was someone with a backbone in charge. She blamed Biden for giving Iran a free pass and lifting the terrorist label off the Houthis.
The Houthis can cry all they want about supporting Hamas and the Palestinians, but the truth is, they’re just trying to stir up trouble with the U.S. and Israel. The Deputy Press Secretary at the Pentagon, Sabrina Singh, didn’t mince words when she mentioned that the Houthis’ attacks are affecting ships from over 50 nations, not just those with ties to the Middle East. It’s clear that these rebels just want to pick a fight.
As if that wasn’t enough, these troublemakers have even made it known that they prefer a direct war with the United States. They’re not interested in stopping, and they’re not backing down anytime soon. According to Vivian Nereim, the Gulf bureau chief for the New York Times, the Houthis are more comfortable fighting than governing a country. It’s easier for them to keep up the trouble than to take actual responsibility.
In other news, a government shutdown was narrowly avoided, but not without some drama from the hard right. And then there’s Lloyd Austin, who has been caught up in some controversy over his health issues. Looks like things are really heating up in Washington.