This is What We've Waited For

I suppose the main problem with labeling the troop increase an "escalation" is that it's hard to know what to call the continuation of the other escalation, as our deployment of naval assets (and officers) and verbal threats to Iran is backed up by attacking an Iranian consulate in Kurdistan and holding six diplomatic personnel hostage. Hat tips to Jonah G. and Ackerman. There are more legal wrinkles here than I would have thought, but on the foreign policy level the implications seem clear.