Khanna: US airstrikes in Syria 'clearly' violate American and international law

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Dems demand accounting from Big Oil Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Democrats call for oil company executives to testify on disinformation campaign MORE (D-Calif.) criticized President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE's authorization of U.S. airstrikes in Syria last Thursday, stating that they “clearly” violated the Constitution and international law.

The U.S. military hit facilities used by Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria last Thursday after three recent rocket attacks in Iraq targeted U.S. personnel and other interests. The strike was the first-known military action ordered by Biden. 

Speaking on Hill TV’s “Rising,” Khanna was asked if he felt more of his Democratic colleagues would have been critical of the airstrikes if former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE ordered them as opposed to Biden.

“I’m sure there would have been more outrage, because this is not a close case,” Khanna said. “This is clearly a violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law.”

Khanna also said that he felt the airstrikes contradicted Democrats’ goals of ending the conflict.

“I don’t understand how you say that strikes are deescalatory. I mean, they just sort of make that claim but where is the deescalation? Where is the logic behind that?” Khanna said.

“My view is — and many people in the Democratic Party have said this — that we need to be extricating out of these endless wars and this conflict,” he continued. “I don’t see how striking in Syria, Iranian targets achieves that objective.”

Watch part of Khanna’s interview above