Heading into the 2020 election, both the president’s moves in Iran and the impending impeachment trial are providing Trump an opportunity to pump himself up as a tough guy. In addition to fighting off the Democratic investigations and the two articles of impeachment, he is also now talking tough on Iran — which he has long viewed as a country that President Barack Obama and George W. Bush went too easy on…

The aggressive push carries substantial risks for Trump and his party as the U.S. faces potential retaliation from Iran or its proxies that could last months or more — starting with Iran’s missile strikes at the U.S. military early Wednesday in Iraq. If Trump’s gamble leads Americans into another dangerous and costly war in the Middle East, voters could strike back at the GOP in November, and Trump could alienate voters attracted to his campaign promises of extracting the U.S. from places like Iraq and Afghanistan — two centers of protracted, costly and deadly military conflicts for a generation.

Democrats are positioning themselves by accusing Trump of acting rashly, without considering the consequences of escalation ratcheting up with Iran and without seeking the input of congressional leaders.