Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s interim nuclear agreement with Iran, said military action against the country’s nuclear infrastructure could be carried out in a matter of days.
“Even if military action were required — and we certainly should have kept the credible threat of military force on the table throughout, which always improves diplomacy — the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq, and that’s simply not the case,” he said on Tuesday during an interview with the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program first reported by BuzzFeed.
Cotton said the campaign “would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior.”
“For interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions, all we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough as in the protection of America’s national security interest as Bill Clinton was,” said Cotton, a military veteran and freshman member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.