The US Military Is Heading To Gaza

During his State of the Union address Thursday night, President Joe Biden announced an order for the U.S. Military to build a port in the Gaza Strip for the delivery of humanitarian aid. The move comes as Iranian backed terrorist organization Hamas, which started the war against Israel on October 7, continues to steal aid trucks sent into the area by Israel, Jordan and other countries. Hamas is still holding more than 100 hostages, including six Americans… 

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LAIM: President Joe Biden claims that “no U.S. boots will be on the ground” to build a port in Gaza for aid. FACT: The project would require the direct involvement of thousands of US troops and the logistics to support them; either on the ground or close to the shore.

The revelation was made during a “background” call for journalists that the White House later published on its website:

And importantly, tonight in the speech, the President will announce that he’s directing the U.S. military to lead an emergency mission to establish a port in the Mediterranean, on the Gaza coast, that can receive large ships carrying food, water, medicine, and temporary shelters. And this is an initiative that will get underway here when the President makes the announcement and issues the orders. And we wanted to preview it on the call and address any questions you might have.

While our military will lead this effort in the first instance, we look forward to the port transitioning to a commercially operated facility over time.

“The President has directed that we look at all options, that we not wait for the Israelis,” one White House official said.

The officials said that a Gaza port would take “weeks” to plan and execute. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it would only take “weeks” for Israel to win the war, were it to enter Hamas’ last stronghold in Rafah.

The Israeli government has repeatedly pointed out that unlimited amounts of aid already enters Gaza; the problem is distribution, because Hamas steals most of the aid. The White House itself has also admitted in briefings that trucking aid in is a more efficient and effective approach.

Moreover, Gaza already had a port before the war began. The Hamas terror group controlled it and used it to launch maritime assaults in the October 7 attack against Israel. Israel destroyed the port in November in a clash with Hamas fighters.

Critics say a quicker way to move aid through Gaza would be to allow Israel to first defeat Hamas, then use groups other than the terror-linked United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to move the aid into the Gaza Strip.

Biden has faced opposition within the Democrat Party among Muslim and Arab-American voters who believe that his administration should not be arming Israel or defending its right to attack the Hamas terrorists who launched the war. Many of these democrat voters live in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other key swing states crucial to Biden’s reelection campaign.

Still, the idea of a port as a visual concept, like dropping aid from airplanes, presents a striking image of assistance.

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At this point, it is not clear whether the Biden Administration is working with Israel, which has said it is open to the idea of shipping aid by sea. Previously, Israel had blocked flotillas that attempted to run a blockade to deter Hamas from importing weapons.

If only Biden would spend as much time helping the people of East Palestine as he does helping the ‘Palestinians’ in Gaza. The media is now saturated with Hamas propaganda falsely claiming that Gazans are “starving to death.” The reality is that there’s now plenty of food in Gaza food as can be seen in social media videos Gaza citizens routinely post to social media. Prices are higher, but nobody is starving to death.

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There’s so much food now in Gaza they’re throwing away the airdropped food we and others send to them:

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Last week the Biden Administration all but admitted U.S. military airdrops of aid into the Gaza Strip were being stolen by Hamas.  

“Can you talk about how the U.S. ensures that the airdropped aid gets to the people who needs it and doesn’t end up in the hands of Hamas?” a reporter asked during a daily briefing. 

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said:

“I know that we will learn from the first airdrops and this will be a part of a sustained effort. This isn’t going to be one and done. There will be additional airdrops planned and executed.  And with each one, I think we’ll learn more, and we’ll get — we’ll get better at them. It’s very difficult.  It is extremely difficult to do an airdrop in such a crowded environment, as is Gaza,” The Pentagon will be doing a raft of planning on this. They’ll work their way through that.  But I do want to stress that we fully expect that the — the third and fourth and fifth one won’t look like the first and second one. We’ll learn and we’ll — and we’ll try to improve.”

White House officials admitted that “land routes can be the most efficient, cost-effective way to get assistance in,” and that the distribution of aid within Gaza was an additional challenge.

The officials were also unclear whether U.S. troops would be deployed. One official said that “we are not planning for this to be an operation that would require U.S. boots on the ground,” but the U.S. Army has previously said such an idea would take 2,000 troops.

However, there is no safe way to build a port, or to secure it in a war zone, without the presence of American personnel in the area.

As the New York Times reported on Thursday:

U.S. officials sketched out the plan, which would make the United States more directly involved in delivering aid, hours before President Biden was scheduled to give his State of the Union address on Thursday evening. Details for what they described as a floating pier off Gaza would be included in the speech, the officials said.

Briefing reporters, officials said it could take more than 30 to 60 days to implement, and involve hundreds or thousands of U.S. troops on ships just off shore, in keeping with Mr. Biden’s mandate that no American soldiers be on the ground inside Gaza as the conflict rages. The port would be constructed in cooperation with other countries in the region, the officials said.

But Biden still used the State of the Union Address as his bully pulpit to announce the U.S. will launch an “emergency mission” to build a pier that will be used to deliver aid by water.

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The Biden Administration still maintains there will be no “boots on the ground” if the Navy and not the Army is involved — meaning SeaBees will be on ships a few hundred yards offshore rather than onshore — is almost laughable if not completely dishonest.

The Biden Administration knows US military personnel will not be safe in Gaza, but millions of dollars will be spent to build a pier to send aid that the Gazans don’t even want and that someone in the admin hopes will become a future “commercial facility.”

Apart from wasting more taxpayer money, this is building infrastructure which, unless Israel completely finishes off Hamas, will eventually fall into the hands of terrorists.✪