[T]he U.S. cannot pretend that it is not involved. It did not directly shoot down the plane, but it was behind the incident.
The bottom line for the U.S. in the Middle East is to avoid sinking into the chaos present there.
A future saddled with tension looms, but this is not much different from what the region has gone through over the last 70 or 80 years.
Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Iranian clergy and de facto head of state, openly mocked Trump on Twitter, a serious mistake that increased public pressure on a president whose base is strongly nationalist.
What that leaves us with is the arrival of an era of the legal murders of competing political leaders.
[T]he long, open border is a huge terrorist risk for the United States.
[W]hy did Qassem Soleimani die? ... [T]he only possibility that remains is a conspiracy.
If this develops into a large-scale conflict, not just the Middle East but the whole world’s peace and security will likely take a severe blow.
The unilateral turn taken by the White House ... represents a danger to peace in the Near East.
[America's] withdrawal, repeatedly announced and postponed by the current president, could precipitate the collapse of the entire structure—and lead to even more chaos.