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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tom Cotton: Only a few days necessary to bomb Iran facilities

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 10:58 AM

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton continues his bellicose ways in an interview in which he said bombing Iran's nuclear facilities would take only a few days and resemble President Clinton's order for strikes in Iraq in 1998.

Cotton said President Obama presented a false choice by saying war was the only option to a nuclear agreement with Iran. From a BuzzFeed account of Cotton's interview on a Family Research Council radio show:

Cotton said any military action against Iran would not be like the Iraq War and would instead be similar to 1999’s Operation Desert Fox, a four-day bombing campaign against Iraq ordered by President Bill Clinton.

“Even if military action were required — and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table throughout which 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 and that’s simply not the case,” Cotton said.

“It would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior. For interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions. All we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough as in the protection of America’s national security interest as Bill Clinton was.”

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