Cotton says America would win war against Iran in 'two strikes'

Cotton says America would win war against Iran in 'two strikes'

Cotton says America would win war against Iran in 'two strikes'

Tom Cotton predicted in a recent interview that the USA would win a war against Iran in "two strikes". President Trump withdrew from the deal past year and re-imposed sanctions on the Gulf state.

"If Iran struck out militarily against us or against our allies in the region, then I would certainly expect a devastating response against Iran", the Arkansas Republican said in an interview on PBS' "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" show.

"Yes, two strikes", Cotton said. Instead, he claimed it would end after the "first strike and last strike".

Viewers took to Twitter to express their dismay at the comments, and claimed Cotton is "dangerously delusional" for thinking the USA could start and finish a war with the nation of 81 million people (more than twice the population of Iraq) in two strikes.

When asked if the United States could emerge successful from a conflict with the Middle Eastern state, Mr. Cotton said, "Yes, two strikes".

However, Cotton also said he does not advocate military action against Iran.

Trump warned Iran on Monday afternoon that it will "suffer greatly" if the country does "anything" in the form of an attack, a remark that came in the wake of revelations that USA military experts suggested "Iran or its proxies" damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday.

Trump did note if he did prepare a land invasion of Iran, his administration would "send a hell of lot more troops than" 120,000.

Mr. Cotton, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, added he supports military intervention to help Iran "govern themselves".

"War is never inevitable", Cotton said.

The senator said he was not calling for war, just saying that the United States would win easily.

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