President Biden’s authorization of a U.S. retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed militias in Syria raises questions about his administration’s policies toward Iraq, Syria, and the broader region. Michael O’Hanlon addresses the scale of the airstrikes, whether congressional authorization should have been sought, and how he expects the Biden administration to streamline the U.S. military presence in the Middle East.
- Biden’s decision to strike Iran’s proxies is a good start
- How to demilitarize America’s presence in the Middle East
- What to do – and what not to do – in the Middle East
- How to Do More With Less in the Middle East
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Michael E. O’Hanlon
Director of Research - Foreign Policy
Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
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