Tom Cotton. The son Dick Cheney never had.
Move over Lindsey Graham and John McCain, there’s a new bellicose sheriff in town. He may be just 38 years old and his only prior jobs of note might have been as a low-level officer in the military and a one term congressman; but now that he’s been in the US Senate for three months, Tom Cotton evidently sees himself as a geopolitical and military genius, the GOPs new leader on national security.
Cotton appeared on a conservative radio show this week to assure Republicans that a hypothetical war with Iran would be a cakewalk:
COTTON: Even if military action were required - and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table, it always improves diplomacy - the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq. That’s simply not the case.