Freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas recently gave an interview to The Atlantic, where he criticized the ongoing negotiations and final deal between the United States and Iran.
Discussing the proposal that is still being discussed between leaders of the two nations, Cotton remained skeptical in his position on the issue and warned of other possible threats.
“If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear,” the Arkansas senator stated.
Cotton also voiced his concerns with how long he believes the deal will last, and when Iran will resume building facilities for nuclear weapons.
“Twenty years, 10 years, 12 years, who knows?," he said. "The proposal puts Iran on the path to being a nuclear-arms state, and I think once Iran becomes a nuclear-arms state, this will lead inevitably to some kind of military confrontation.”
Cotton is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and defeated his challenger, former Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, by 18 points in last year’s midterm elections. Since his inauguration into the U.S. Senate in January, he has not shied away from controversy. Cotton was the author of the letter that was sent to Iranian leaders in March, which stated that any deal made with the United States would likely be repealed when the next American president is elected in 2016. Forty-seven other U.S. senators, all Republicans, signed the letter as a sign of approval as well.
In his interview, Cotton also eluded to his beliefs that Iran may begin working with well-known terrorist groups in the Middle East.
“I’ve consulted with various senior members of the Israeli government over the years, and they’re aware of the possibility that Iran might use Hezbollah, in particular, to retaliate in an asymmetric way for any military strikes, either American or Israeli, and the assessment I’ve heard from them is that while this is a risk, it is a risk they can manage,” Cotton said.
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