Don't start something America's representatives have not endorsed.
PRESIDENT TRUMP, mere moments from a strike against Iran, pulled back on the reins and halted the attack.
Give the man credit when it's due.
Yes, tensions have risen between Iran and the United States. Yes, an unmanned U.S. drone was downed by an Iranian missile. Yes, unconfirmed reports suggest Iran may have bombed two commercial ships in the Persian Gulf. Yes, the United States didn't send an aircraft carrier group to the region for sight-seeing.
IT IS POSSIBLE a conflict - intentional or accidental - could occur between America and Iran. There are an awful lot of guns in the region, and an awful lot of unpredictable leaders, on both sides, calling the shots.
Let's hope cool heads prevail and no one makes a mistake. America does not need yet another war in that volatile region of the world. Make no mistake: The U.S. military can win, but the cost in blood and treasure in taking out Iran would make the Iraq war look like a holiday picnic.
A final thought: It's past time for Congress to play its constitutional role. The commander in chief is operating from an authorization of force that's nearly two decades old. Any significant commitment should not occur without new congressional consideration.
It would be easy to pick a fight with Iran. It would be very hard to get out of one.