Trump sparked the Iran crisis. Now he must walk away from the brink of war

In the midst of a dangerous national security crisis like the situation with Iran, the chances for peace often rest on one side hitting the brakes.

It is time for the United States to de-escalate. That is what a true global leader would do.

In the wake of the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases where US and Iraqi troops are stationed, the messages coming from both governments are mixed. It’s hard to interpret any attack – even if in retaliation – as anything but dangerous and provocative. But the lack of casualties from its attack could allow Iran a face-saving way to show strength while avoiding massive escalation.

This article was originally published in The Guardian.