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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Iran releases U.S. sailors; Cotton still makes hay

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 6:44 AM

click to enlarge SIMILAR CRAFT: A boat like this was involved in Iran's holding of U.S. sailors. - U.S. NAVY
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  • SIMILAR CRAFT: A boat like this was involved in Iran's holding of U.S. sailors.

click to enlarge MIKED UP: Sen. Tom Cotton is all over TV, calling the White House a "hotbed of cold feet" over an incident in Iran subsequently quickly resolved.
  • MIKED UP: Sen. Tom Cotton is all over TV, calling the White House a "hotbed of cold feet" over an incident in Iran subsequently quickly resolved.
Iran has released U.S. sailors without any harm. An investigation will now ensue into circumstances of the stopping of two small patrol craft. It seems to have been precipitated by a Navy vessel entering Iranian waters, perhaps because of a mechanical problem.

The prompt resolution of the situation was in contrast to past incidents

I doubt this will diminish the saber-rattling Republican members of Congress — led as usual by hawk Sen. Tom Cotton — who rose quickly to depict this as an illustration of a weak president being abused by the ayatollah.

Cotton grabbed air time all over last night and has a stint on "Morning Joe" this morning and I wouldn't expect him to praise Secretary of State John Kerry for a quick and uneventful resolution of the event. Does anybody really doubt Cotton is campaigning for a spot on the Republican presidential ticket?

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