Cotton says America would win war against Iran in 'two strikes'

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

The United States could win a war with Iran in a matter of two strikes, said the US Senator for Arkansas, Tom Cotton on Tuesday.

Comments by Cotton, an arch critic of the Iranian regime and the nuclear deal from which the Trump administration withdrew past year, coincide with the increasing escalation between the two countries.

Viewers took to Twitter to express their dismay at the comments, and claimed Cotton is "dangerously delusional" for thinking the U.S. could start and finish a war with the nation of 81 million people (more than twice the population of Iraq) in two strikes.

"Yes, two strikes", he replied. "The first strike and the last strike".

When asked if the United States could emerge successful from a conflict with the Middle Eastern state, Mr. Cotton said, "Yes, two strikes".

"I don't advocate military action against Iran", he later clarified.

The State Department ordered Wednesday all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq to leave the country amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. A New York Times story last night reported the Trump administration is planning on sending 120,000 troops to the region to build up forces against Iran, which the president later said he would "absolutely" do but denied actually planning for it right now.

"We don't want to rule 80 million Iranians, we want 80 million Iranians to be able to govern themselves", he said, adding that Iran should try to "rejoin the civilized world and stop supporting terrorism and trying to overthrow the governments of so many of its neighbors". "War is always the product of human choices", the senator said.

"War is never inevitable".

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