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Biden had the power to strike the Houthis

Biden had the power to strike the Houthis

[ad_1] This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Some of President Joe Biden’s critics argue that he did not have the authority to launch yesterday’s strikes in Yemen, but America’s presidents have significant constitutional powers regarding the use of military force. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: Presidents and the Use of Force In America’s deeply divided political environment, today’s bipartisan support for President Biden’s strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen is a rare but encouraging moment. Democrats and Republicans alike recognized that Biden did the right thing. Indeed, some Republican leaders may have a point that Biden waited longer than necessary to react to the ongoing Houthi attacks in the region, which have already created so much hazard for maritime commerce that container-ship activity in the Suez Canal is down by 90 percent. The operation, short and limited to military targets, …