Senator Tom Cotton is an ex-military Republican Senator who has been called “America’s most dangerous Senator” by The Intercept;
Senator Cotton appeared on CBS “Face The Nation” and called for military action against Iran and claimed war with Iran could be “won with two strikes.”
The Arkansas Times reports Tom Cotton “has surpassed Ted Cruz as the most disliked member of the Senate.”
The conservative group The Daily Beast published, “Interrogators blast Trump’s ‘Clueless’ CIA pick, Tom Cotton.”
The Washington Post James Downie wrote Cotton must be “delusional” if he thinks war with Iran could be won with “two strikes.”
Trump put Arkansas Senator “Tom Cotton” on speakerphone and asked Cotton what Trump should do about Iran: Cotton pushed Trump for war with Iran. Cotton brags about taking out Iran in “two strikes” referring to nuclear strikes. And to hear him tell it, there’s little risk in launching what he calls a “retaliatory strike” in reaction to two recent tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman: “Whatever Iran thinks they can do to the United States or our security partners in the region we can do tenfold to them. One hundredfold to them.”
Sen. Cotton was paid nearly $1 million by an Israeli lobbyist group to write a letter signed by 47 Senators disregarding President Obama’s nuke deal with Iran, seeking war with Iran.
Senator Tom Cotton has consistently voted FOR war funding, voted AGAINST women’s healthcare rights, voted FOR BIG CORPORATE INTERESTS.
Cotton voted against nuclear negotiations with Iran, voted AGAINST removing U.S. forces from Yemen, voted AGAINST a joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal; voted FOR the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act; voted AGAINST Expanded and Improved Medicare-For-All Act; voted FOR Judge Kavanaugh;
10. Senator Cotton voted against equal pay legislation and the Violence Against Women Act.
While Senator Cotton’s website will say that the vote was taken out of context, and that the Senator supports harsh punishment for sexual assault, a vote is a vote. If that’s the case, then why would he vote against an act that would give women more resources in the case of abuse or assault? And why would he vote against legislation that would push for equivalent pay? No matter what defense Cotton’s team comes up with, there’s really no logic or excuse to vote against women’s rights.
9. He thinks food-stamp recipients are “addicts.”
Senator Cotton hates food stamps. In his own words, he thinks the system is “riddled with fraud and abuse” and “has resulted in long-term dependency.” This is coming from the senator of Arkansas, which ranked number one in the number of residents who suffer from food insecurity. If Cotton had his way, there would be much harsher restrictions on food stamps, and the overall budget for welfare would be cut severely. Considering the high level of poverty in Arkansas, Cotton is actually voting against the interests of the people he is supposed to represent. If he’s concerned that the system is “riddled with fraud and abuse,” an audit of the Pentagon should be at the top of his to-do list.
8. As an Army Lieutenant in 2006, Cotton called for the prosecution of two New York Times journalists for espionage.
From his early days, Cotton has not been a fan of expository journalism. When the New York Times published an article about how the government was tracking terrorist financing, Cotton called for the journalists to be imprisoned. This news story got a lot of heat from various conservative outlets, but before he was even running for office, Cotton took it upon himself to publicize his grievances in a sarcastic letter to journalists Eric Lichtblau and James Risen. It seems that Cotton’s letter to Iran a few days ago was not the first of its kind.
7. He received $960,250 for his senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel. That’s correct — $960,250!
The Israel lobby paid off Republican Senators in Congress to oppose the deal. Such an exorbitant amount of money ensures that Cotton is one of the most pro-Israel senators in Congress. During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force “the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world.” In December he said Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called “bunker-buster” bombs for a possible strike against Iran.
The group paid $960,250 to Cotton’s campaign, soon after which he lead the writing of an open-letter, signed by 47 Republicans, stating that a GOP White House would not adhere to any accords with Iran.
6. He uses fear-mongering to call for a crackdown on immigrants and a clampdown on the Mexican border.
Senator Cotton says drug cartels in Mexico are ready to expand into human trafficking and even terrorism, and could infiltrate our southern border and “attack it right here in places like Arkansas.” He’s made the wild accusation that Hezbollah is collaborating with locals in Mexico to “cross our borders and attack us here.” Ignoring the fences, drones, cameras and patrols that constantly survey the border, he maintains that the border is wide open. “As long as our border is open and it’s defenseless, then it’s not just an immigration issue, it’s a national security issue.” Be afraid, says Cotton, very afraid–so I can keep feeding the national security state!
5. Cotton Claims Bombing Makes Us Safer
While in some masochistic, twisted logic that might make sense in the short term, historically speaking US military intervention has led to more extremism–– as with the formation of ISIS after the invasion of Iraq ––and turned local populations against the United States. Ultimately, bombing other countries just fosters more hate and anti-American sentiment. Bombing might not make us safer, but it certainly makes Tom Cotton’s friends in the defense industry a whole lot richer. Just 24 hours after his notorious letter to Iran became public, Cotton was the guest of honor at an event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors.
4. Cotton thinks the use of killer drones should be expanded.
Killer drones have resulted in thousands of civilian deaths in countries we’re not even at war with, like Pakistan and Yemen, and have led to an expansion of extremist groups. Senator Cotton makes the argument of many other pro-droners: that drone pilots are safer than air pilots, and casualties are reduced. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Drone pilots still suffer the psychological trauma associated with attacks, and the “collateral damage” of drone strikes means that families and children lose their lives along with the targeted terrorists. (Note: only 2% of all people killed by drone strikes have been confirmed “high-value” targets.) The last thing we need is the expansion of drone warfare, Tom.
3. Cotton has compared Iran to “Hitler’s Germany”
Cotton compared the negotiations of the UN Security Council (P5+1) with Iran to the “appeasement of Nazi Germany.” This accusation is ridiculous. Rouhani’s Iran is not Hitler’s Germany. Despite Cotton’s claims that “there are nothing but hardliners in Tehran,” Rouhani is a reformist, someone we need to work with to defeat ISIL. And the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran are a far better ––and safer–– approach than pushing Iran to the brink of war with the US (and Israel). For once, there is actually hope for a peaceful solution, something that certainly was not an option with Nazi Germany.
2. Senator Cotton said the only problem he has with Guantanamo Bay prison is that “there are too many empty beds.”
Ignoring waterboarding, indefinite detention, forced feeding and other torturous acts, Tom Cotton insists that the US should be “proud” of how it treats the “savages” detained in Gitmo. As far as Cotton is concerned, “[the prisoners] can rot in hell. But as long as they don’t do that, then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.” This is counter to the position of many other Senators and President Obama, who has promised time and time again to close the prison. There are still dozens of men held at Gitmo who have been cleared for release, but that doesn’t seem to bother Senator They-Can-Rot-in-Hell.
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1. He penned an underhanded letter to the leaders of Iran that sparked the trending hashtag #47Traitors.
On March 9th, Cotton and 46 of his Republican colleagues went behind President Obama’s back by signing an “informative” letter to Iran, saying that a nuclear deal would not last because the next president could reverse it. Secretary John Kerry, one of the lead negotiators in the talks, called the letter “utterly disgusting” and “irresponsible.” Two dozen editorial boards slammed the letter and over 200,000 people signed a petition asking the senators to be charged for violating the Logan Act, a law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.
Senator Tom Cotton scored 0% on the issue of climate change with the National Environmental Scorecard.