After three months of Israel’s war on Gaza, and after months of widespread mass protests against the war and calls for US President Joe Biden to support a ceasefire, Washington ordered air strikes on Yemen, an escalatory move that could push the region into a wider war.
The decision by Biden has exponentially increased the level of anger from lawmakers and progressives who have been working since October to push for a ceasefire in Gaza.
But anger and dissent aren’t limited to the progressive camp. Middle East Eye spoke to congressional staffers from several offices across both chambers, as well as several staffers working in the Biden administration who say that frustration towards Biden and Congress has reached a boiling point.
“The level of anger at Joe Biden is now comparable to the level of anger at Donald Trump,” one progressive Capitol Hill staffer told Middle East Eye on the night the US conducted the first strikes on Yemen.
“The idea that he would do that and then ask us to vote for him is ludicrous,” the staffer said. “I don’t know what planet they are operating on, but this is not how you win in November.” [Continue reading…]
Every few weeks the Biden admin has to feign impatience and concern for the massive humanitarian catastrophe they have been instrumental in creating. But as always they will do nothing to change course or bring about a different reality. https://t.co/KKIBgM4Zdm
— Khaled Elgindy (@elgindy_) January 14, 2024