Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Veterans group won't back Tom Cotton because of votes on arms sales

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM

click to enlarge TOM COTTON: Vets group objects to his votes.
  • TOM COTTON: Vets group objects to his votes.
Here's an article worth noting in an era when it is very nearly illegal to speak ill of a military veteran.

A veterans group explains why it won't endorse veteran Rep. Tom Cotton in his race against Sen. Mark Pryor. He's voted to arm Syrian rebels, despite evidence that those arm sales have contributed to bad things in the region, particularly in Iraq.

Article notes that Mark Pryor and John Boozman think alike on the question of arming these rebels — opposed.

From Congressman Cotton's opposition to women being allowed to serve in combat units, to supporting a proposal to cut Social Security and veterans pension payments through a chained Consumer Price Index, there are a good number of reasons VoteVets hasn't endorsed the Congressman. But, most recently, looking at the crisis in the Ukraine, it becomes clearer that Congressman Cotton has taken positions that aren't good for American security, or for those troops with whom he used to serve.

It is now evident that pro-Russian separatists were given heavy weaponry from Russia, and, possibly with Russian help, used that weaponry in mistakenly shooting down a civilian Malaysian airliner. No one disputes that Russia didn't want to see those innocent people killed. But it is a textbook example of how giving weaponry and training to insurgent groups can have severe consequences.

Syria is a clear example, the group explains.

Tom Cotton doesn't seem to have seen a world troubleshot to which U.S. arms and troops shouldn't be sent. It's one of many reasons to question the judgment of giving him a vote in the U.S. Senate. His military service doesn't give him a free pass on scrutiny on such issues, by veterans or anyone else. Indeed, his continued support of George W. Bush's war decisions in the Middle East are further cause for skepticism.

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