Sen. Tom Cotton Accuses President Obama of Trying to Undermine Israel’s Foreign Policies – Really

tom-cotton-6While Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) still has a long way to go before he reaches the level of absurdity that somebody like Senator Ted Cruz has proudly shown off these last couple of years, if his first two months in the Senate are any indication of what we should expect in the future, he’s well on his way.

As most people know, he was the “mastermind” behind the infamous letter to Iran that was clearly meant to try to undermine the president’s ongoing negotiations with Iranian leaders – although ultimately it just ended up completely embarrassing the Republican party.

This all came on the heels of newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving a speech in front of Congress that was completely set up behind the back of the Obama administration and was a clear slap in the face to the president.

Well, in news that I thought certainly had to be satire when I first came across it, apparently the very same Tom Cotton who came up with the idea of sending the letter is very upset with President Obama – for allegedly trying to undermine parts of Netanyahu’s foreign policy.

Oh, the irony… and hypocrisy.

“While Prime Minister Netanyahu won a decisive victory,” Cotton said, “he still has just started assembling a governing majority coalition. These kinds of quotes from Israel’s most important ally could very well startle some of the smaller parties and their leaders with whom Prime Minister Netanyahu is currently in negotiations.”

“This raises the question,” he continued, “if the administration intends to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to assemble a coalition by suggesting a change to our longstanding policy of supporting Israel’s position with the United Nations.”

So, the guy who orchestrated a letter that essentially told the Iranian government that they shouldn’t trust any deal they might possibly make with President Obama, in a direct attempt to undermine years worth of negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear program, is angry because this president’s policies might not be conducive for the policies of a foreign government?

A foreign government whose leader, by the way, just showed this president absolutely no respect when he accepted an invite to speak in front of Congress behind the Obama administration’s back – in a clear attempt to undermine his foreign policy. 

That is “Onion-worthy” right there – wow.

It’s appalling to me how the Republican party seems to believe that they’re suddenly beholden to the Israel’s leader more so than they are our own. The way they gush over him and defend him at every turn, while showing nothing but disdain and disrespect toward our own president, is an absolute embarrassment.

While I’ve never been proud that the GOP is a part of this country, I’ve never been more ashamed that these people represent this country more so than I have been lately. They’re not only embarrassing themselves globally, but their antics are weakening this country abroad by putting the petty partisan dysfunction of our government on an international stage.

I’d suggest that maybe if Sen. Cotton is so concerned about Israeli politics and unconcerned with undermining our own president, he should offer his services up to Israel and resign from our United States Congress.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • GimmeSomeTruth

    Perfidiousness for our Commander in Chief equals perfidiousness for the Country and the people he constitutionally represents. They may hate him for his policies or for other personal reasons, but the actions and behaviors of this recalcitrant Republican Congress is borderline treasonous.

    • unclesamonmars

      Damn! Did you get a thesaurus and a dictionary for Xmas?

      • sexualintellectual

        Use the dictionary/ thesaurus comment a lot, don’t you?

    • TruthBtold

      1-excellent username.
      2-fantastic use of the word recalcitrant.
      3-perfidiousness. Perfect.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        My absolute only quibble is with the choice of the word “borderline”

        That clown car left the tent long ago.


    I think we should explore treason charges against cotton and the 46 other suspected treasonnaires. About now would be a good time to start.

  • Woodrow_Plant

    President “I am not a crook” Nixon resigned once the deniers saw the light and put pressure on him to move for the good of all. When will our current crop of deniers stand up to this Prevaricator-in-Chief?

    • Paul Julian Gould

      If you’re referring to Cotton with that epithet…

      But somehow, sadly, I suspect you are not…

    • Wayne Stiles

      My God, you’re an idiot! If you actually paid attention to our political system, you would know who makes the laws and who signs them. When you have a Congress who takes pride in doing “Nothing” and actually campaign on that platform, do you really think the president had anything to do with it? Take your Meds, get some sleep. It’ll be better in the morning.

      • Woodrow_Plant

        This world is on fire and yet you quibble over the current balance of powers within our federal government. G*d help us. To believe it’s a false dilemma would only affirm a dictator.

      • Rick

        “This world is on fire and yet you quibble over the current balance of powers within our federal government.”
        Somebody missed the stop for “Rational Argument” and took the train to Hysteria.

      • Woodrow_Plant

        Incomprehension is a challenge we all can face from time to time.

  • Keith

    Finally, someone to challenge Ted Cruz for the title of stupidest Senator in America.

    • Wayne Stiles

      I don’t know. Cruz might have that title sewn up!

  • Donna

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that Cotton, Cruz, and a lot of these conservative tea party types really look in-bred?

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Cotton was a junior officer in the military… so at least there’s a Bachelor’s degree in there somewhere, but he reminds me of any number I served with who really just saw grunt command duty as a stepping stone towards suck-up… errrrmmmm…. “General Staff”

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  • Wayne Stiles

    Tom Cotton and his band of glorious misfits can be tried under the Logan Act. But since we gave Georgie Jr and Cheney a pass on their wonderful impersonation as humans I really doubt if it will go anywhere.