Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committee, said that recent actions from Iran deserved a proper response and warned that if the Islamic Republic does not go unchecked, it will only increase its hostility to the United States  This comes after President Trump decided on a possible US strike after Iran shot down an unmanned American drone and believed that the 150 expected deaths from a countermeasure were not "proportionate" to the loss of an unmanned aircraft.
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"Of course, I think retaliatory attacks were justified when talking about foreign vessels on the open sea. I think they were justified an American unmanned aircraft "Cotton said on" Fox News Sunday ", referring to both an attack on oil tankers in the Hormuz strait, which is considered to be carried out by both Iran and the drone.
Cotton warned that Iran has been reinforcing its actions, and if officials do not face consequences, it will only get worse.
"What I see is that Iran is constantly marching up in the escalation chain, which started with threats, and then attacked ships and ports, attacked ships at sea, now it is an unmanned American aircraft," said he. "I fear that if Iran does not have a set set of boundaries about its behavior, we will see an attack on an American ship or American manned aircraft".
Host Chris Wallace mentioned President Barack Obama's inability to enforce a red line against Syria earlier and asked if President Trump's failure to strike to Iran is so far. Cotton distinguished between the two situations.
"First, President Obama's Syrian policy was a mess. Secondly, in his own words he drew the red line and then third he failed to enforce it."
"Here, President Trump's Iran policy works," said cotton, pointing out that Iran is "lashing" due to the feeling of the effects of sanctions. He also noted that, unlike Obama, Trump did not draw a red line "in his own language", but made clear that the United States would not tolerate any attacks on US service members or citizens who have not yet taken place.
"And he also says that big sanctions will be added tomorrow, which will only increase the sanctions they are already facing, which is a very positive result until the maximum press campaign," Cotton said. 1
"If Iran's threats to enrich uranium to levels beyond what was allowed in nuclear trade … that is really going to be a matter for Europeans, Cotton said." I would say to European leaders that since If the president exercised restraint this week, they should see it as an opening to double with the US on these sanctions if Iran circumvents these enrichment limits. "
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Meanwhile, Trump will make sure that a nuclear energy Iran does not become a reality he said.
" Like an attack on one American ship or any damage to US officials or citizens of the region, the president has also been very clear that he will not allow Iran to approach [creating] a nuclear weapon. "