President Donald Trump showed an impressive amount of restraint and maturity in backing away from further military confrontation with Iran on Wednesday without making our nation seem weak or unprepared for war.
So many things could have gone wrong.
Tensions with Tehran are at the highest point since the infamous 444-day hostage crisis of the Carter and Reagan eras.
Our nation’s military killed one of Iran’s most beloved military leaders, a man U.S. officials say was a vicious terrorist.
Iran retaliated by attacking our military bases in Iraq. For a moment, war appeared to be inevitable on the horizon.
But Trump said and did all the right things Wednesday, saying that Iran had stood down and America would not escalate the conflict.
Then he offered Iran an olive branch, with a caveat.
“The United Sates is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” Trump said.
Peace and stability cannot come to the Middle East as long as Iran sponsors a “campaign of terror, murder and mayhem.” Like him or not, Trump is right. Since the Islamic Revolution threw out the American-influenced Shah in 1979, Iran has been the major agitator of the Middle East. They sponsor and run paramilitary groups to do Tehran’s dirty work and pose a major threat to Israel.
We must admit that we were a bit worried with how Trump would handle the situation. To say that our president’s rhetoric can be extreme from time to time is an understatement. Even his most ardent supporters sometimes wish Trump would stay off Twitter.
In the most decisive moment of his presidency, Trump was far different from the man known for spewing forth a toxic mass of criticism at his opponents.
Instead of saber rattling or slinging insults like hand grenades, Trump rightfully touted of might of our American military and technology.
Then came the most telling moment for Trump.
“The fact that we have this great equipment does not mean we want to use it. We do not want to use it,” he said.
And the world sighed with relief.