Freshman U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) is continuing to make headlines following the controversial letter he and 46 other Republican Senators sent to Iran, warning the nation that any deal made with President Barack Obama would be subject to review after Obama leaves office.
Sen. Cotton, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, voiced his concern over America’s current role in the world, specifically discussing the U.S. military and foreign policy.
“Alarms should be sounding in our ears. Our enemies, sensing weakness and hence opportunity, have become steadily more aggressive. Our allies, uncertain of our commitment and capabilities, have begun to conclude that they must look out for themselves,” said the Senator.
Cotton also discussed the severe financial cuts to the military since the Obama administration began in 2009. He referenced to statistics that showed the military losing $200 billion just last year, leading to a decline in technological innovation, much needed repairs on naval equipment and less recruiting for troops.
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Sen. Cotton also stressed the point of the U.S. establishing “global military dominance,” which he believed occurred during the 1980’s, when President Ronald Reagan was commander-in-chief.
“When it comes to war, narrow margins are not enough, for they are nothing more than an invitation to war. We must have such hegemonic strength that no sane adversary would ever imagine challenging the United States,” Cotton said.
Cotton proposed adding up to $300 billion on national security and foreign policy interests, despite many politicians looking to cut expensive defense spending creations. Moreover, many lawmakers are looking to the $18 trillion debt that America currently owes as another reason to not increase defense spending.
Cotton served in the U.S. Army from 2005 to 2009, achieving the rank of Captain. During his time in Baghdad, Iraq, he was in charge of a 41-man air assault crew and led routine patrols around the warzone. During his time in the military, he wrote an open letter to the New York Times, calling for three journalists to be tried for espionage after they wrote about President George W. Bush’s secret tactics of examining how terrorists were being funded overseas.