What are Joe Biden's choices in Iran?

After Jordan attack, President Biden must weigh retaliation against escalation in the Middle East

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Biden administration officials are trying to "forcefully deter other attacks while also not further inflaming a smoldering region"
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American officials have spent the last few months warning against the possibility of a "wider war" in the Middle East. The deaths of three American soldiers in Jordan may prove a critical moment in that effort.

National security hawks are urging President Joe Biden to launch an attack on Iran, which backs the militias that launched the deadly drone attack in Jordan. "Hit Iran now," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote this week on social media. "Hit them hard." (Iran, for what it's worth, denied direct involvement in the attacks.) Politico reported that Biden administration officials are trying to figure out how to maintain a tricky balance with a response that "forcefully deter other attacks while also not further inflaming a smoldering region."

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