US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just “two strikes.”
While speaking to Margaret Hoover for the aptly named show ‘Firing Line,’ the Arkansas senator said a war with Iran would not drag on for decades like the failed war with its neighbor, Iraq. Instead, he claimed it would end after the “first strike and last strike.”
Senator @TomCottonAR tells Firing Line if it comes to war with Iran, he is confident the United States would win, and would win swiftly. “Two strikes, the first strike and the last strike,” says the Senator. pic.twitter.com/twTdrFTwHu
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) May 14, 2019
Cotton went on to claim that while he’s not an advocate for war, he wanted to warn the nation that any provocation against US interests would be met with a “furious response.”
“I don’t advocate military action against Iran. I’m simply delivering the message that if Iran were to attack the United States, it would be a grave miscalculation on their part and there would be a furious response,” he said.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their dismay at the comments, and claimed Cotton is “dangerously delusional” for thinking the US could start and finish a war with the nation of 81 million people (more than twice the population of Iraq) in two strikes.
The war drum beats louder. @GOP Senator @TomCottonAR claims that if it comes to war with #Iran, he is confident the U.S. would win, and would win swiftly: “Two strikes, the first strike and the last strike.”🤨
WRONG, unless Cotton means NUCLEAR strikes.😳pic.twitter.com/Wjw5vgoXXh
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) May 14, 2019
I can’t fathom someone that has served in two of our *forever* wars saying something this incredibly stupid. But then again, he’s got a hard-on for two things- Iran and nationalism.
— KABU (@ztimashi) May 14, 2019
Iraq has 25 million people. Iran has 75 million people. The last war they were in (1980-88) they lost 1 million people & kept fighting. How stupid can Arkansas get by saying if we nuke Tehran & kill a million people, the other 74 million Muslims are going to lay down & submit.
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) May 15, 2019
I am shocked that Tom Cotton thinks war with Iran is a good idea. (Extreme irony font needed)
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 15, 2019
Partisan shill and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton thinks the US can take out Iran with two “strikes”. A quick look at a map shows that Cotton is dangerously delusional. pic.twitter.com/EkFIIexKhz
— Pete McGowan 🌊 (@CoolAqua1) May 15, 2019
Just like we were supposed to win in Iraq?
— Jon Maas (@jondmaas) May 14, 2019
Arkansas Republican Senator @TomCottonAR has Dick Cheney’s disease.
It’s an oral affliction causing GOP politicians to make uncontrollable repetitive sounds such as blurting out offensive words of war while believing that conquerors are beloved heroes. pic.twitter.com/ctTDuPPDyI
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) May 15, 2019
Cotton’s comments come amid escalating tensions with Iran, after Washington deployed a US carrier strike group to the Gulf region in response to what the administration called “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” in Tehran.
Tehran has given world powers 60 days to resolve issues with the US or it will renege on its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. President Trump withdrew from the deal last year and re-imposed sanctions on the Gulf state. If China, Russia and Europe can’t protect Iran, it has vowed to start enriching uranium to a higher level.
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