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

Evarado Alatorre
May 16, 2019

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) confidently predicted that the US will win a war with Iran in just "two strikes", should the escalating conflict with Tehran reach the point of military intervention. Instead, he claimed it would end after the "first strike and last strike".

When asked about what would justify going to war with Iran, he said: "If Iran struck out militarily against the United States or against our allies in the region, then I would certainly expect a devastating response against Iran".

While speaking to Margaret Hoover for the aptly named show 'Firing Line, ' the Arkansas senator said a war with Iran would not drag on for decades like the failed war with its neighbor, Iraq.

However, Cotton also said he does not advocate military action against Iran. "I'm simply delivering the message that if Iran were to attack the United States, it would be a grave miscalculation on their part and there would be a furious response", he said.

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

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The statement comes after the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf last week, with National Security Adviser John Bolton claiming that any attack on the USA or allied interests would be met with "unrelenting force".

The president also denied Tuesday the reports that the administration was planning to send more than 100,000 troops to the region in the wake of the war with Iran, but adding, "Would I do that?"

"Could we win in a war with Iran?" "War is always the product of human choices".

"War is never inevitable", Cotton said.

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