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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tom Cotton's 'bizarre speech' on Guantanamo

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Lots of attention on the web today about remarks by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton. Here's how Vox recapped it:

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) gave an impassioned and at moments bizarre speech in a Thursday hearing, calling for the indefinite expansion of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, dismissing clear evidence that the prison helped al-Qaeda recruit, and even that many of its inmates have been innocent.

The bombastic rhetorical style and hawkish language are typical of Cotton, one of the GOP's leading young lights on foreign policy.

Cotton doesn't want to close Guantanmo and made his point this way:

"The only problem with Guantanamo Bay is that there are too many empty cells," Cotton continued. "As far as I'm concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell. But as long as they don't do that, then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay."

The Hill reports that hog-slaying Sen. Joni Ernst sided with Cotton.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) thanked Cotton, who served in the Army during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, for his passion on the issue and said Cotton "deserves kudos" for serving his country during a "difficult time."

Ernst said she agreed with Cotton and could "care less" about the fate of detainees.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said, however, that anyone who believes the president "cooked up" the fears of Gitmo as a propaganda tool is ignoring the facts.

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