United States Retaliates After Hezbollah Strike Hits U.S. Troops

By Jerry McConway, updated on December 26, 2023

On Monday, Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory strike against Hezbollah militants after three United States soldiers were injured from a strike, one of them critical, by the Iranian-backed terrorist group.

This happened after Joe Biden reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to order a pre-emptive strike against the terrorist group.

Talking Points

  • Biden’s order to Netanyahu
  • Hezbollah strikes first
  • Analysis

Biden Tells Netanyahu to Back Off

Within days of the Hamas attack against Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu was prepared to make a pre-emptive strike against Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization operating out of Lebanon. Netanyahu had assets in place along the Lebanese border to carry out the attack on October 11.

However, Joe Biden reportedly talked Netanyahu out of carrying out the strike, believing that such a strike would widen the scope of the war. Biden was reportedly on the phone for 45 minutes with Israeli officials discussing the matter, with Biden being countered by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who believed “a broader war was inevitable.”

Netanyahu has since denied the report, stating that Israel makes its own decisions and is not influenced by the opinion of its allies or other foreign nations, stating:

“I have seen erroneous reports to the effect that the US prevented, and is preventing, us from operational actions in the region. This is incorrect. Israel is a sovereign state. Our decisions in the war are based on our operational considerations.

“They are not dictated by external pressure. The decision on how to use our forces is an independent decision of the Israel Defense Forces and nobody else.”

Hezbollah Strikes

If that report is accurate, the blood of some of our troops is now directly on Biden’s hands after Hezbollah launched an attack against military facilities where United States troops were present. Three soldiers were injured in the attack, one of them critically. This was a drone strike conducted against the US base in Erbil, Iraq, on Monday.

With U.S. troops being injured, Biden ordered a counterstrike against the terror group, with Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, head of US Central Command, stating:

“These strikes are intended to hold accountable those elements directly responsible for attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and Syria and degrade their ability to continue attacks.

“We will always protect our forces.”

Analysis

Had Biden allowed Netanyahu to conduct the attack that he wanted on October 11, the attack against our troops may have never taken place.

As a major ally of Israel, Biden had to know that any of our troops located in the area would become immediate targets of terrorist groups that are sympathetic to the cause of Hamas. Both Hezbollah and the Houthis are allies of Hamas, and both organizations have been involved in attacks since the terror attack by Hamas that started the war with Israel.

Slowly but surely, Biden is dragging us into a more significant presence in the Middle East when he could have just as easily provided the assets to Israel to take out all of these terrorist groups. Instead, we are now forced to conduct strikes, and our troops are now at risk.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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