The United States is no stranger to military engagement in foreign countries and Joe Biden’s resistance to halt certain operations could have a negative impact on some of his key base. With 2024 General Election almost two and a half years away, Biden’s latest decision to resist a bipartisan effort to cease-fire in Yemen could alienate some of his younger and more liberal-leaning voters.
The Biden Administration has argued that the ceasefire process must include steps to alleviate humanitarian disaster in the country, something opposition forces have not been willing to discuss so far. Biden’s position hasn’t sat well with some of his allies, who believe that the U.S. should pull out of the region immediately and let Yemen’s internal politics sort itself out.
The continued involvement of US defense forces in Yemen, and Biden’s refusal to agree to a ceasefire, has some of his younger supporters concerned. They fear that Biden’s position is not in line with the progressive direction they hope for, and that it could lead to a continuation of needless conflict in the Middle East which could cost American lives.
Young voters often view foreign policy issues differently from their elders because they have not experienced the same crises and wars that have been a part of modern history. While this group sees the need to address the humanitarian crisis in the region, they don’t think that the US needs to be at the center of it.
Biden’s staff has argued that his decision to reject the ceasefire is a necessary move in order to force Iranians into a more satisfactory and equitable set of negotiating start points. However, this doesn’t reassure many young voters who want to see a swift end to US involvement in the region and believe Biden’s stance is an obstacle to reaching that goal.
Whether young voters will turn away from Biden and his administration is yet to be seen, but the electoral impact of his refusal to agree to the ceasefire could be significant in 2024. While pacifists of all ages are still likely to back Biden, those who were looking for a more progressive direction in foreign policy could be hesitant to continue their support – potentially leading to trouble for the Biden administration in the upcoming election.