To Senator Tom Cotton, Iran is like Benghazi; no matter what the subject is, he’ll inevitably bring it back to his undying lust for a war with them.
Last week he managed to tie it into the “religious freedom” laws passed in Indiana and Arkansas by saying that you can be executed for being gay in Iran, which was connected to the subject at hand as much as Tom Cotton seems to be connected to the real world. In the alternate reality that people like Tom Cotton and many others who signed his letter to Iran apparently live in, armed conflict is the only solution.
This is especially true if you’re one of those people who believe in “End Times” prophecies in which a massive world conflict involving Israel is part of a series of events leading up to the return of Jesus Christ himself. It’s no secret that many right-wing Republicans like Congressman Louie Gohmert subscribe to this religious ideology, or at least pander to voters who do.
Now Senator Tom Cotton is back beating the war drums once again.
Cotton said any military action against Iran would not be like the Iraq War and would instead be similar to 1999’s Operation Desert Fox, a four-day bombing campaign against Iraq ordered by President Bill Clinton.
“Even if military action were required — and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table throughout which always improves diplomacy — the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq and that’s simply not the case,” Cotton said.
“It would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior. For interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions. All we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough as in the protection of America’s national security interest as Bill Clinton was.” (Source)
What is this desire for war that so many Republicans (and some Democrats) have? Bombing Iran would push Tehran away from negotiating with us; an actual war with them would destabilize the region even further, as we’ve learned from overthrowing Saddam Hussein and finding ourselves supporting some questionable rebel groups in the current and very complex conflict involving Syria, Iran against ISIS.
Another thing that Tom Cotton fails to realize is that thanks in part to assistance from the United States providing air support combined with ground troops from Iran, ISIS has been steadily losing territory in Iraq. If we were to initiate air strikes against Iran, it would destroy the fragile coalition against the most brutal Islamic extremists the region has ever seen and it would place members of our military in danger, especially military advisers on the ground in Iraq.
Yet, lawmakers like Tom Cotton and their counterparts in Israel continue to call for military action against Iran. The Times of Israel jumped in with a story this morning which seems to be a speculative article designed to cast doubt on Iran’s sincerity, claiming that Iran plans to go ahead with enrichment outside of the parameters the United States wants. Iran may or may not be sincere in their commitment to this treaty, but how will we ever find out if we have people sabotaging it before it can ever be put to the test?
Tom Cotton is a not an uneducated man, but he (along with far too many other Republicans) has put being against anything President Obama supports ahead of what is good for America – and the world. Couple that with religious extremists thinking that war is a necessary part of their deity’s master plan, and you have a recipe for disaster.
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