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Attacking Iran Is Congress's Call: maximum pressure and minimal diplomacy is bringing us closer to war

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'From the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the U.S.S. Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, maritime incidents, shrouded in the fog of uncertainty, have lured the US into wars on foreign shoals. Which is why cooler heads must prevail — and Congress must be consulted — as American and Iranian forces inch closer to open conflict in and around the Strait of Hormuz.  Despite his stated aversion to entering another war, he shows little sign of having learned a central lesson of the past two decades of American military action: that it is easy to start conflicts and impossible to predict how they might end. 'Mission creep has unfortunately become standard operating procedure for the Pentagon!'

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" in the post-9/11 world, and it is long past time that the legislative branch reclaimed its central role in overseeing war waged in the name of the American people."

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Both the United States and Iran say that they do not want a war , but that they are prepared to fight if the other side starts one.

What's worrisome is what political scientists call the spiral model of conflict escalation. Sometimes, when countries take measures they think will improve their own security, potential opponents can perceive that as threatening a classic security dilemma. Those potential opponents then take measures to improve their own security which the first country sees as threatening. And so on. When countries do not trust each other, and perhaps even fear that the other side wants war, they are unlikely to believe conciliatory signals from the other side, and nobody wants to appear weak. The result is a spiral of conflict.

The past few weeks ' events have certainly ratcheted up tensions. The recent tanker attack and America's decision to quickly blame Iran only raises them further.

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