WASHINGTON — Freshman GOP Sen. Tom Cotton says the United States must show it will start a war to prevent one, and suggests the country might need to spend nearly $900 billion annually on its military.
The Arkansas lawmaker, who in January moved from the House to the Senate, told an audience on Capitol Hill that the US is in a similar position as in the 1930s, when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.
And, for Cotton, the Islamic State group, Iran and Russia are public enemies one, two and three.
“Iran is only growing more bold and more aggressive,” Cotton said, adding that Washington under President Barack Obama has “withdrawn from the world.”
Cotton, an Army veteran, claims Iran now “dominates or controls five capitals” in the Middle East “in its drive for regional hegemony.” What’s more, he says Tehran has improved its ballistic missile fleet “without the [nuclear] bomb.”
“Imagine Iran with the bomb,” Cotton said.”You don’t have to imagine much, just look at North Korea.”
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