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Sen. Tom Cotton Confident U.S. Would Win War Against Iran: It Would Take ‘Two Strikes’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) confidently predicted that the U.S. will win a war with Iran in just “two strikes,” should the escalating conflict with Tehran reach the point of military intervention.

“Could we win in a war with Iran?” Margaret Hoover, the host of PBS’ Firing Line, asked Cotton during a recent interview.

“Yes, two strikes,” he replied. “The first strike and the last strike.”

When asked what would justify all-out war with Iran, Cotton said if the Middle Eastern state “struck out militarily against us or against our allies in the region, then I would certainly expect a devesting response against Iran.”

“I don’t advocate military action against Iran,” he later clarified. “I’m simply delivering the message that if Iran were to attack the United States it would be a grave miscalculation on their part and there would be a furious response.”

The senator, who is a veteran of America’s wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, made the comments amid President Donald Trump‘s “maximum pressure” initiative against Tehran, which aims to pressure the nation into returning to nuclear deal talks. A New York Times story last night reported the Trump administration is planning on sending 120,000 troops to the region to build up forces against Iran, which the president later said he would “absolutely” do but denied actually planning for it right now.

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.

During Cotton’s Firing Line appearance, the senator insisted he doesn’t want the U.S. “to govern Iran.”

“We don’t want to rule 80 million Iranians, we want 80 million Iranians to be able to govern themselves,” he said, before urging them to “rejoin the civilized world and stop supporting terrorism and trying to overthrow the governments of so many of its neighbors.”

“War is never inevitable,” Cotton concluded, before ominously adding: “War is always the product of human choices.”

Watch above, via PBS.

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