Senator Cotton Wants Massive Retaliation Against War

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) revealed over the weekend that the only way to stop Iran’s attacks against U.S. forces is to hit back with massive retaliation against the Islamic State.


Cotton, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” told host Shannon Bream that President Joe Biden must act decisively just like his predecessor former President Donald Trump did with Iran. He noted that every time the U.S. hit back at Iran under President Biden, it has always been of little or no consequence to the country.


“We’ve only hit back a few times. When we do hit back, it’s almost always at empty proxy warehouses or maybe proxy forces in Iraq and Syria,” Cotton said. “It seems like the president wants to go out of his way to avoid Iranian casualties. I would target Iranians who are operating in Iraq and in Syria. I would also send a clear message to Iran if these attacks don’t stop immediately, then we’ll begin to threaten their assets. What Reagan did when he sank half of Iran’s navy, it didn’t lead to an open, outright war After Donald Trump directed [the] killing of Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, Iran’s terrorist mastermind, Iran pulled in its horns for the rest of Trump’s era. The way to stop these attacks is not to be fearful and hesitant and cautious in a response, but massive retaliation to make it clear we will not tolerate these attacks on Americans.”

Cotton maintained that the U.S. must send a clear message to Iran that if it does not stop its attack on U.S. forces, the United States will begin to threaten its assets.


The New York Times reported that President Biden has declined to conduct Pentagon-proposed aggressive bombings against Iranian assets because he is afraid of provoking Iran. Cotton dismissed Biden’s fears as weakness, adding that the only way to prevent an escalation is to “establish escalation dominance.”

“Look, the President keeps talking about fear of escalation,” Cotton added. “Fear of escalation ensures escalation. The way to stop it is to establish escalation dominance over a terrorist-supporting regime like Iran.”