When Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers were challenged in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, Republican foreign policy hawks became eager for any excuse to launch another war
said at CBS News "Face the Nation" Sunday, it would trigger "the fire and the ravage of the military. "
This position is not new to the Iraq veteran. Cotton has wished war with Iran (and all others ) since he became A Senator in 2015.
He is inadvertently optimistic: How long does it take to win a war with Iran? Just a few days said Cotton in 201
]" Yes, "he replied immediately.
" It didn't take you a second, "she replied.
"Two strikes" answered cotton. "The first strike and the last strike" is all it would take to win, the Senator insisted.
It's pretty safe.
Iran is three times as big as It is clear that if cotton will remember since he was there, the conflict we began with the invasion of Iraq in 2003 took more than a couple of days to unpack. club of neoconservative hawks senator also predicted a quick war then. "Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly will not last longer than that." Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld insisted in 2002.
Dumbfoundingly, Cotton, unlike most Americans including veterans believe not only that the Iraq war was not a mistake but that "was a just and noble war" ] We should be proud of.
The cliché exists for one reason: Those who ignore the story are doomed to repeat it. Cotton is hellbent to repeat it.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., On the other hand, does not want another war in Iraqi style.
The first two short sentences of Gaetz are revealing: The countries whose tankers were actually attacked are not seeking retribution. Also, Japan wants evidence from the United States that Iran was behind the attacks, which have not yet been convincingly presented. Furthermore, the owner of the Japanese tanker disagrees with with the American version of the account and that is his ship.
After State Secretary Mike Pompeo declared last week, almost immediately that Iran was behind the attack, US Conservative Barbara Boland reported "[Pompeo] did not quote specific evidence as to why the United States believes that Iran or its proxies are responsible for the attacks. "
Like Cotton, the hawkish Pompeo has desired war with Iran for a long time . Some even speculated if this could be another "Tonkins Golf", 1964 "False Flag" event which provided support to escalate the Vietnam War.
] ] ] to attack or the United States for war is not unprecedented . President Trump himself earlier claimed former President George W. Bush " lied " America in Iraq. "
Which brings us to the most important part of Gaetz tweet:" We can't afford another #Foreware. "
No, we can't. While Cotton is eager to" shoot first and ask questions later "by starting a conflict based on questionable data that the senator is also sure will be short and sweet, Gaetz fears another conflict like Iraq and Afghanistan, which will last forever .
Cotton fully relies on his government's competence and effectiveness in foreign affairs despite the terrible track record. asks all that, precisely because of that record.
There is no doubt which Republican is taking the conservative approach here.
There is also no doubt who actually puts "America First". 19659005] "The examples of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – to name but a few – teach us that it is an illusion to think that just beyond the life of any dictator lies a peaceful democracy rather than generations of anarchy, violence, terrorism and chaos, "said G aetz at a foreign policy address in May. "Freedom cannot be America's gift to the world, bought with blood alone by American members."
Direct Challenge of Washington Foreign Policy Establishment most often in line with the reflexively aggressive thinking of leaders like Cotton, Gaetz continued: "Genuine morality and true toughness stand up to the particular war-war interests and globalist power brokers. The real morality forever confirms that blood from American troops is not for sale. "
Both Gaetz and Cotton claim to be allies of Trump and advocate for his agenda. But on foreign policy, the Florida congressman, who is closer to the Iraq war, is "America First" rhetoric of Trump, while Cotton wants to return to the Republicans for the same Bush-Cheney policies that the president once opposed. There is a reason to be concerned. Cotton could get his way.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once again anyone who will repeat what the United States did in Iraq should "have his head examined."
The body of cotton is a war for war without any question, apparently and seemingly a little worried about what it can do for the country.
"America First" Matt Gaetz offers something more thought-provoking and inherent conservative : "There are always places we could invade, people we could save, nations we could Building a clear eye on the threats we face shows that peace through strength also means strength through peace. "
Pray for for peace.
Jack Hunter ( @ jackhunter74 ) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is the former political editor of Rare.us and co-author of the 2011 book The Tea Party goes to Washington with late Rand Paul.