"Acts of war" is a fairly archaic concept dating from the airtight nationalism of the century before last and pretty much losing all meaning - like the term "declaration of war" - once the Cold War started. Certainly since the 1970s the concept has no meaning wrt Iran and the US, who have been committing Acts of war of one sort or another against each other on an almost annual basis. It makes for great rhetoric amongst the political class, but it carries very little load in the real world.
Also, while bombing our bases in Iraq is clearly an act of war, so is killing a general in another country's military. You couldn't have expected any other response from Iran. I don't know why everyone seems so surprised at this retaliation.
I've long believed that the integrity of most public officials is suspect at best, so it's no surprise to me, but the partisanship and hypocritical nature of politicians on both sides is mind-boggling to me.
Iran is getting a taste of its own medicine in the same way Obama "assassinated" (to use the latest bumper sticker terminology in current favour with the socialists) you-know-who, and it's long overdue. Iran's tepid response by firing little missiles at pretty much nothing in a proxy nation demonstrates beyond anything else that A) relatively speaking they have no real power, B) they understand they have no power, and C) they acknowledge they have no power. Shooting down an airliner is more likely a failure to understand FF technology than it is some kind of challenge.
Trump is being far more circumspect than I would be in his position. That's for sure.
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what is an empty desk a sign?~Albert Einstein