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The White House announced that he is "weighing his options" for a substantial response to the attack. The incident in Jordan marked the first time US troops were killed in hostile action since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7.

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Washington, January 30, 2024 President Joe Biden is under severe political pressure to take decisive action against Iran following a deadly drone strike on US troops in Jordan. The incident has become a significant challenge for the Biden administration, especially in an election year.

The attack, which claimed the lives of three US troops, has fueled calls from Republicans for direct retaliation against Iran. However, Biden is caught in a dilemma as striking Iran could escalate the risk of a broader war, contradicting his commitment to avoiding further military engagements.

Colin Clarke, the research director at the Soufan Center in New York, emphasized the tough position Biden finds himself in, stating, “He’s under tremendous pressure—the administration’s in a kind of a lose-lose situation.”

While Biden faces the pressure to act decisively, the White House announced that he is “weighing his options” for a substantial response to the attack. The incident in Jordan marked the first time US troops were killed in hostile action since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7.

Biden, during a recent campaign event in South Carolina, vowed to respond, but the administration is carefully considering the potential consequences of any actions taken.

Iran has denied any involvement in the attack, with Biden attributing it to Iran-backed militias. Despite this, Republicans, led by former President Donald Trump, are using the incident to criticize Biden’s leadership.

Trump framed the deaths as a “consequence of Joe Biden’s weakness and surrender,” highlighting a deal the Biden administration made with Iran last year. The deal involved freeing US captives in exchange for unblocking $6 billion in Iranian funds.

Republican figures, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, are pressuring Biden to take immediate and forceful action against Iran. Graham urged, “Hit Iran now. Hit them hard,” signaling the Republicans’ intent to use Iran as a litmus test for Biden’s strength ahead of the upcoming elections.

Biden faces significant challenges in determining the appropriate response. Direct strikes on Iranian territory could lead to a dangerous escalation, while even lesser actions against Iran’s proxies may complicate efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza.

Moreover, any increased involvement in the Middle East contradicts Biden’s commitment to extracting the US from “forever wars.” There’s also a domestic political risk, with potential alienation of part of Biden’s base – progressives and anti-war advocates.

As Biden weighs his options, the situation remains delicate, and the decisions made in the coming days could have far-reaching consequences on both domestic and international fronts.

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