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LeeG
03-14-2015, 10:20 AM
Oh boy


http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/israel-fingerprints-republican

The U.S. media have been sadly incurious about the origins of yesterday’s unprecedented Open Letter of 47 Republicans to the Iranian leadership seeking to block the president’s likely deal with Iran. The press has portrayed the letter as the work of Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a 37-year-old freshman senator so new to the limelight that the New York Times got his name wrong on first impression. But as a Times commenter writes, “Does anyone really believe the ‘freshman senator from Arkansas’ wrote the letter? No.”

J Street’s Dylan Williams fingers Bill Kristol for writing the letter:

Who gave @SenTomCotton & others the awful idea for the Iran letter? Seems like Sarah Palin-for-VP-level bad advice doesn’t it @BillKristol ?

There’s a reason for Williams’s suspicion. Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel gave Tom Cotton nearly $1 million in his race for the Senate just five months ago, Eli Clifton reported. “Cotton received $960,250 in supportive campaign advertising in the last month.” (Thanks to Kay24 in comments).

Cotton also got $165,000 from Elliott Management Paul Singer’s hedge fund. Singer is the billionaire who is trying to stop Obama’s Iran talks (Clifton’s reporting again). He funds the Israel Project too– Josh Block’s efforts.

- See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/israel-fingerprints-republican#sthash.BQkZMfBY.dpuf

Norman Bernstein
03-14-2015, 10:37 AM
There is apparently a growing chorus of 'buyer's remorse' about that letter, among the Republicans who signed it... and Bill Krystol's fingerprints appear to be all over it, from some sources.

This didn't do the GOP cause any good, at all.

Arizona Bay
03-14-2015, 10:50 AM
There is apparently a growing chorus of 'buyer's remorse' about that letter, among the Republicans who signed it... and Bill Krystol's fingerprints appear to be all over it, from some sources.

This didn't do the GOP cause any good, at all.

It exposed them for what they are, I believe they've broken their protective bubble.

This is worth a read... (with a language warning)

The Second Coming of Nixon


The Second Coming Of Richard Milhous Nixon (http://www.stonekettle.com/2015/03/the-second-coming-of-richard-millhouse.html)

http://www.stonekettle.com/

"Just like Richard Nixon, these people are perfectly willing to risk the lives of millions in mindless pursuit of their own selfish goals. They are perfectly willing to destroy the village – and if they forget how, Henry Kissinger and John McCain can draw them a map. Unless it’s snowing, I guess.
And despite the feeble protests of the rest of the Republican Party, you’ll note not one of these partisan hacks has been censured by their fellows.
If there is anything that more abjectly demonstrates the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the modern GOP than this idiotic stunt, I don’t know what it is – unless they actually do manage to start a nuclear war."

Ian McColgin
03-14-2015, 10:53 AM
What a group of tools! Can't wait for our righties to explain why this is all just great, higher purpose, all about honor.

Paul Pless
03-14-2015, 11:29 AM
Phillip Allen's senator. . .

Canoeyawl
03-14-2015, 12:03 PM
Phillip Allen's senator. . .

"Saving the bacon"

John Smith
03-14-2015, 01:36 PM
Meanwhile, where is there "jobs" bill, their replacement for 'Obamacare' or any other positive piece of legislation?

All we'll get is 'blackmail' bills and possibly more shutdowns.

S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 01:44 PM
Do you really expect legislation on these from the right? They talk about them but, I haven't seen/heard anything BUT, talk, promises and bluster. How is Bonehead doing on his talk about suing the president. Went poof like some of the threads in the bilge? Appears so!!!!

RonW
03-14-2015, 01:50 PM
Phillip Allen's senator. . .

I wish he was my senator.........I would trade Rob Portman for him any day of the week........

S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 01:54 PM
ROTFLMAO! You would Ron! Sad, really sad!

David G
03-14-2015, 01:56 PM
10 problems with Tom Cotton --

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/14/10_frightening_facts_about_tom_cotton_partner/


Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women’s rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.

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 (http://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/150309-Cotton-Open-Letter-to-Iranian-Leaders.pdf) 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 (http://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/11/national-outrage-grows-22-newspaper-editorials-blast-senate-republican-letter-iran.html) the letter and over 200,000 people signed a petition (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-charges-against-47-us-senators-violation-logan-act-attempting-undermine-nuclear-agreement/NKQnpJS9) asking the senators to be charged for violating the Logan Act, a law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgw6P0tgv0I)” 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.

3. He has 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.

4. He 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.

5. He claims that “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 (http://www.ndia.org/meetings/5ld3/Pages/default.aspx) at an event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors.

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 (http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940087/nbc-meet-the-press-transcript-immigration-and-foreign-affairs#.VQCjwWZxsqY).” 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!

7. He received $700,000 for his senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel.That’s correct — $700,000! 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 (http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Tom-Cotton-B-52-bombers-nuclear/2014/12/03/id/610960/) supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called “bunker-buster” bombs for a possible strike against Iran.

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 (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/tomcotton.asp) 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.

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.

10. He has opposed legislation to expand women’s rights.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.

S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 01:58 PM
Ron would agree with your post 100% David!.

S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 02:10 PM
Apparently, Cotton wants a war between Israel and Iran and anything he can do to bring that about, he'll do! He'd also expect the US to help BiBi out. One thing, he is not counting on is BiBi's defeat next week which is closer to a reality than not! That will surely piss of Cottonmouth at the pass.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the organizer of a controversial letter (http://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/150309-Cotton-Open-Letter-to-Iranian-Leaders.pdf) warning Iran that the U.S. government will not necessarily abide by any agreement Iran strikes with the Obama administration, previously told a conservative audience that the goal of congressional action should be to scuttle talks with Iran. The U.S. should, instead, engage in a policy of "regime change," he argued.
Iran hawks in the House and Senate have long said that their aim is to help the White House strike a tougher deal with Iran. The administration and others, meanwhile, have charged that the hawks' true motivation is to undermine the talks entirely. Cotton, for his part, has made no secret (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/cotton-regime-change-iran_n_6527462.html?1421975631) that he wants the talks to fail.
"The end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so speak," Cotton said in January, speaking at a conservative conference (http://www.c-span.org/video/?323753-6/senator-tom-cotton-conservative-policy-summit) hosted by the advocacy group Heritage Action for America.
Cotton's bald admission would be less interesting had he not been the one to spearhead a Senate effort revealed Monday by Bloomberg View -- an open letter to Iran's leaders signed by 47 Republican senators. The letter explains the workings of the American government to the Iranian regime.
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system," Cotton's letter reads, before helpfully explaining the separation of powers. "[W]e will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”
During his remarks in January, Cotton compared the international negotiations with Iran to the appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Cotton, who is a young 37, also noted in Monday's letter (http://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/150309-Cotton-Open-Letter-to-Iranian-Leaders.pdf) that while President Barack Obama will leave office in January 2017, "most of us will remain in office well beyond then -- perhaps decades."
Watch the video above.
Read Donte Stallworth's profile of Cotton here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/cotton-regime-change-iran_n_6527462.html?1421975631).
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S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 02:16 PM
And BiBi is snarling like a rabid coyote! Reuters
Flagging in opinion polls before Tuesday's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally Israeli rightists by casting his centre-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power.
Over social media and broadcast interviews, the three-term leader has accused unspecified foreign governments and tycoons of funneling "tens of millions of dollars" to opposition activists working to undermine his Likud party and boost the Zionist Union joint list led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.
"Right-wing rule is in danger. Leftist elements and the media in this country and abroad have joined forces to illegitimately bring Tzipi and Bougie (Herzog) to power," Netanyahu said on Facebook on Friday.
The Zionist Union dismissed the rhetorical fusillade as a bid by Netanyahu to shift voters' attention from socio-economic problems to security challenges like the Palestinians' drive for statehood and Iran's nuclear program, on which the prime minister argues he alone can resist foreign pressure to yield.
"I want to make clear that all of this Likud spin is not something that we do," Herzog said in a speech on Saturday. "The public is fed up with Likud and with Benjamin Netanyahu."
The latest opinion polls predict the Zionist Union taking between 24 and 26 of parliament's 120 seats in the election, compared to 20-22 seats for Likud. That could empower Netanyahu's challengers to build the next coalition government.
He could scrape into a fourth term, however, if the Zionist Union fails to muster enough support in an Israeli political spectrum where right-leaning parties are predominant.
For now, Likud's ideological allies in parliament are a threat as they sap votes from the ruling party, Netanyahu said.

LeeG
03-14-2015, 02:44 PM
There is apparently a growing chorus of 'buyer's remorse' about that letter, among the Republicans who signed it... and Bill Krystol's fingerprints appear to be all over it, from some sources.

This didn't do the GOP cause any good, at all.

I guess people really do have six week memories where the influence of comingled neocon and Israeli interests leading to the Iraq war never happened.

elf
03-14-2015, 03:20 PM
Interesting how not one of them is willing to bring up the fact that they think Cotton is a bright light on the Republican horizon and mostly signed onto the letter with that in mind.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/tom-cotton-iran-letter

Paul Pless
03-14-2015, 03:24 PM
Interesting how not one of them is willing to bring up the fact that they think Cotton is a bright light on the Republican horizon and mostly signed onto the letter with that in mind.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/tom-cotton-iran-letter

Ted Cruz thinks so.

Ian McColgin
03-14-2015, 04:47 PM
Cotton and his Armageddon promoting crowd really ought to figure out that their ticket into heaven can be paid for by their defense profiteer buddies. These Gog/Magog "christians" are as insane as their virgin hungry suicide bomber cousins.

LeeG
03-14-2015, 04:48 PM
But wait, there's more!


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/gop-senator-behind-iran-letter-to-meet-with-defense-industry-lobbyists/


Cotton is scheduled to appear at an “Off the Record and strictly Non-Attribution” event with the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying group for defense contractors, less than 24 hours after the letter was sent, reported The Intercept.

The first-term senator is known as a foreign policy hawk, particularly on Iran.

Cotton said in December that Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52 bombers and “bunker-buster” bombs – which are manufactured by NDIA member Boeing – for a possible military strike on Iran.

Other NDIA members include Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, ManTech International, Oshkosh Defense, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Ian McColgin
03-14-2015, 04:53 PM
Cotton has proposed federal laws that would punish decendents of people found guilty of several novel security offences that would have made Stalin drool with envy. He's so far past extreme right wing we don't have a scale. He's not stupid. He might or might not be insane. He is evil.

LeeG
03-14-2015, 05:52 PM
What have the people of Arkansas voted for?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/03/13/tom-cotton-picked-apart-by-army-general-over-mutinous-iran-letter/

would use the word mutinous,” said Eaton, whose long career includes training Iraqi forces from 2003 to 2004. He is now a senior adviser to VoteVets.org. “I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.” Eaton certainly had stern words for Cotton.

“What Senator Cotton did is a gross breach of discipline, and especially as a veteran of the Army, he should know better,” Eaton told me. “I have no issue with Senator Cotton, or others, voicing their opinion in opposition to any deal to halt Iran’s nuclear progress. Speaking out on these issues is clearly part of his job. But to directly engage a foreign entity, in this way, undermining the strategy and work of our diplomats and our Commander in Chief, strains the very discipline and structure that our foreign relations depend on, to succeed.” The consequences of Cotton’s missive were plainly apparent to Eaton. “The breach of discipline is extremely dangerous, because undermining our diplomatic efforts, at this moment, brings us another step closer to a very costly and perilous war with Iran,” he said.

“I think Senator Cotton recognizes this, and he simply does not care,” Eaton went on to say. “That’s what disappoints me the most.” And that’s what’s so scary about this whole episode. The freshman senator from Arkansas and 46 of his Republican colleagues sought to bigfoot Obama on a deal not yet done whose details are not yet known.

Gerarddm
03-14-2015, 05:53 PM
Cotton is a ( inset bannable epithet here ) and so are the people who voted for him or agree with him.


PS: Meanwhile, there was an op-ed piece in the Washington Post blatantly assuring us that war with Iran was our best option. Literally those words. Migod.

Paul Pless
03-14-2015, 06:00 PM
Most Arkansans voted for Cotton because his predecessor supported Obama Care.

S.V. Airlie
03-14-2015, 06:05 PM
Its Cotton's approach with his buddies to solve the employment situation; more troops!

oznabrag
03-14-2015, 06:16 PM
Its Cotton's approach with his buddies to solve the employment situation; more troops!

Right!

You can't be unemployed, if you're dead!

RonW
03-14-2015, 06:21 PM
Cotton and his Armageddon promoting crowd really ought to figure out that their ticket into heaven can be paid for by their defense profiteer buddies. These Gog/Magog "christians" are as insane as their virgin hungry suicide bomber cousins.

What ? what are you talking about,,,,,there is no heaven or god, we all evolved from a one cell ameba or so your friends from the left has said, time and time again..

LeeG
03-14-2015, 06:42 PM
Cotton is a ( inset bannable epithet here ) and so are the people who voted for him or agree with him.


PS: Meanwhile, there was an op-ed piece in the Washington Post blatantly assuring us that war with Iran was our best option. Literally those words. Migod.

This excrescence ? "Our" option. Who is he presuming to speak for?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/war-with-iran-is-probably-our-best-option/2015/03/13/fb112eb0-c725-11e4-a199-6cb5e63819d2_story.html

Opinions
War with Iran is probably our best option

http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Muravchik_Joshua

Joshua Muravchik is a long-standing proponent of interventionist U.S. foreign policies who has played an important role in shaping neoconservative ideology for decades. An erstwhile Socialist Party activist, Muravchik has been affiliated with numerous political pressure groups, right-wing think tanks, and organizations associated with the "Israel lobby" in the United States.

Muravchik has been a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a trustee at Freedom House, a board member of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a signatory on Project for the New American Century (PNAC) letter-writing campaigns, and an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Affairs (WINEP). Since 2009, Muravchik has been a fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University, a Washington, D.C.-based graduate school that has served as home base for numerous figures associated with neoconservatism, including Paul Wolfowitz, Eliot Cohen, and Thomas Donnelly.[1]

Muravchik used his perch at the American Enterprise Institute to advocate attacking Iraq in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and has since been a proponent of the "war on terror." During the years following 9/11, he was signatory to multiple open letters that were produced by the Project for the New American Century and called on political officials to support a string of newly created "pro-war" pressure groups.

Muravchik also lent his support to the 2002 creation of the Coalition for Democracy in Iran, a group spearheaded by Michael Ledeen and Morris Amitay that has advocated for regime change in Iran; he became an advisory board member of the now-defunct Committee for the Liberation of Iraq; he joined a plank of other neocons in forming a revived version of the Cold War Committee on the Present Danger; and he served as an "international patron" of the Cambridge, England-based Henry Jackson Society,[10] a neoconservative-inspired organization that purports to promote a "forward strategy" aimed at assisting democratization across the globe.

- See more at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Muravchik_Joshua#.dpuf

- See more at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Muravchik_Joshua#.dpuf

CWSmith
03-14-2015, 07:29 PM
I have never agreed with Krystol, but I always thought he had a sense of right and wrong and how to behave like an adult. I suppose I gave him too much credit.

Boater14
03-14-2015, 09:25 PM
stop and think. a behind the scenes pol, founder of a magazine, never faced the voters, never work the uniform and he has this much influence on the country. I hate Chaney but at least he faced the voters. Kristols greatest sin? he gave us Palin.

John Smith
03-14-2015, 09:35 PM
What really puzzles me is why people listen to Kristol, or cheney, or Palin, or Hannity, etc. They all have a substantial track record of being outright WRONG!

Boater14
03-14-2015, 09:45 PM
Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American life. great writer but he must have been drunk...again, when he said that. at least where the right is concerned you can start over a thousand times. have you seen Jebs brain trust? one arrogant screw up after another back for an encore. THE WAR WILL BE PAID FOR FROM OIL REVENUE.......we're waiting.....Mr. Wolfowitz.

John Smith
03-14-2015, 09:55 PM
Quite some months back I asked for someone to point out anything the Republicans have been right about since '92, be it a prediction or a matter of fact. Aside from one statement by Ron Paul (still not sure if he counts) no one ever did.

How can otherwise sane seeming people continue to listen to people who are never correct?

S.V. Airlie
03-15-2015, 09:13 AM
What really puzzles me is why people listen to Kristol, or cheney, or Palin, or Hannity, etc. They all have a substantial track record of being outright WRONG!They don't have to listen at the beginning, just have him send them money! And then when they get the bucks, they've got to listen to him.

LeeG
03-15-2015, 10:49 AM
I don't get how the Republican Party can continue to support this kind of destruction after Cheney and the Neocons manipulated GW and the country all over the map into a forever war. Netanyahu and Boehners undermining a multinational agreement with Iran and now this young senator is leading the charge to arm Israel with B52s, fill Guantanamo while telling Iran the president doesn't speak for the country and that the senators will be around after Obama is gone.

The enemy is entirely domestic, destructive and waving the flag.


http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120756/tom-cotton-2016-arkansas-senator-could-disrupt-gop-primary

On national security, Cotton is radically different from another Tea Party favorite, Sen. Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator hopes to reorient GOP foreign policy, arguing for less intervention, more diplomacy, more congressional oversight, more stringent legal limits on surveillance and drone strikes, and ultimately a reduction in spending. Cotton, by contrast, has been called the “party’s most aggressive next-generation advocate for military action overseas.” For Cotton, the Iraq War was a “just and noble war”; on foreign policy, he has said, “George Bush largely did have it right.” Cotton argues for an aggressive, interventionist military posture abroad, more defense spending, and an executive branch empowered on matters of national security. Pick a topic—Syria, Iran, Russia, ISIS, drones, NSA snooping—and Cotton can be found at the hawkish outer edge of the debate, demanding a continuation or escalation of the Cheney line more consistently and vociferously than nearly any of his peers. (During his senate campaign, he told a tele-townhall that ISIS and Mexican drug cartels joining forces to attack Arkansas was “an urgent problem.")

LeeG
03-15-2015, 01:06 PM
It exposed them for what they are, I believe they've broken their protective bubble.

This is worth a read... (with a language warning)

The Second Coming of Nixon


The Second Coming Of Richard Milhous Nixon (http://www.stonekettle.com/2015/03/the-second-coming-of-richard-millhouse.html)

http://www.stonekettle.com/

"Just like Richard Nixon, these people are perfectly willing to risk the lives of millions in mindless pursuit of their own selfish goals. They are perfectly willing to destroy the village – and if they forget how, Henry Kissinger and John McCain can draw them a map. Unless it’s snowing, I guess.
And despite the feeble protests of the rest of the Republican Party, you’ll note not one of these partisan hacks has been censured by their fellows.
If there is anything that more abjectly demonstrates the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the modern GOP than this idiotic stunt, I don’t know what it is – unless they actually do manage to start a nuclear war."

Thx, definitely worth reading. There's an insanity and split loyalty behind these senators advocacy for confrontation with Iran in light of the last 15 yrs.