Denial of Houthi War: Biden’s Self-Defense Justification Examined

The Biden administration denies a war with Iran-backed Houthi forces despite congressional notifications, asserting self-defense in military strikes.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh clarified, “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.”

President Biden, adhering to the War Powers Resolution, notified Congress of military actions against the Houthis, citing the constitutional authority as Commander in Chief and self-defense under international law.

Senators Tim Kaine, Chris Murphy, Mike Lee, and Todd Young questioned Biden’s authority, emphasizing the Constitution’s requirement for congressional approval in the absence of an imminent attack.

Despite doubts about the strikes’ effectiveness, the Biden administration vows to continue, naming the operation “Operation Poseidon Archer” and acknowledging casualties from a separate mission off Somalia.

The Pentagon maintains that strikes have significantly impacted Houthi capabilities, but the administration faces bipartisan scrutiny over the lack of congressional authorization for offensive actions against the Houthis.