WASHINGTON, D.C. — The step taken by the U.S. President Joe Biden weeks ago to withdraw missile defense systems from a number of Middle Eastern countries has raised questions and suspicions among some members of U.S. Congress, especially member of the Republican Study Committee’s Foreign Affairs Task Force U.S. Representative Bryan Steil (R-WI-1).
Steil demanded the Biden Administration inform Congress of the reasons for its decision to withdraw military equipment from the territories of Middle Eastern allies, implicitly accusing the White House of giving concessions to Iran during the nuclear deal talks.
Steil said the Biden Administration has already offered Iran some measure of sanctions relief, but Iran has been clear that it wants more.
The U.S. Department of Defense had ordered the removal of the anti-missile batteries due to the reduced threat from Iran. Steil refuted this, saying that the administration’s justification does not correspond to reality, arguing that Iranian-backed groups have not stopped their attacks on U.S. forces and their allies. Saudi Arabia has been subjected to more than a hundred attacks this year, stated Steil, and Iranian militias in Iraq have claimed responsibility for strikes on U.S. targets in the country.