The Pentagon recently denied being at war with Iran-backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen, which have launched a series of attacks against merchant vessels in the Red Sea amid the Middle East war between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization. Such denial comes after President Joe Biden informed Congress of military actions as required by the War Powers Resolution.
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On Jan. 18, 2024, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Singh was asked by reporters if another round of airstrikes by the U.S. military against the Houthis meant war was imminent.
In response, Singh said, “We are not at war with the Houthis. In terms of a definition, I think that would be more of a clear declaration from the United States.”
Singh’s denial of war between the U.S. and the Houthis comes after Biden submitted at least two notifications to Congress, which lays out the president’s responsibilities on sending U.S. armed forces into conflict “in the absence of a declaration of war.”
Under the War Powers Resolution, a president must submit a report to Congress 48 hours before sending American troops into “hostilities or situations where hostilities are imminent.”
The resolution also tasks the president to provide Congress with information concerning a potential conflict to allow lawmakers to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities “with respect to committing the Nation to war and to the use of United States Armed Forces abroad.”
On Jan. 22, 2024, Biden notified Congress that the U.S. and the U.K. conducted a round of airstrikes against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen since the terrorists have launched a slew of attacks against commercial vessels in the Red Sea since October 2023.
“I direct this military action consistent with my responsibility to protect United States citizens both at home and abroad and in furtherance of United States national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive and to conduct United States foreign relations,” Biden wrote.
“The United States took this necessary and proportionate action consistent with international law and in the exercise of the United States’ inherent right of self-defense as reflected in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter,” he added.