Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, criticized President Biden’s naive reaction to Iranian-backed assaults that have claimed the lives of American troops.
Cotton noted that Biden’s responses have almost always been directed at deserted warehouses or vacant structures.
Cotton appeared alongside Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer on Fox News. Cotton and colleague Republican Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) were criticized by a Washington Post columnist for their call for action in response to the deaths of U.S. troops at the hands of Iranian-backed forces, as reported by Perino.
“What’s irresponsible is the 11 years of the Obama-Biden foreign policy towards Iran of trying to appease, coddle, and conciliate ayatollahs who still chant to this day, ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’ That’s why we have all these attacks on Americans.” Cotton said in response.
“Bill, you laid out the more than 160 attacks since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7,” he continued “That didn’t start because of that October 7 atrocity; there were more than 100 attacks against Americans since Joe Biden took office before October 7th. How many times did we retaliate? Something like four or five. Almost every case against empty buildings or warehouses in the middle of nowhere. Again, that simply emboldened Iran and its proxies throughout the Middle East to continue these attacks. That’s the height of irresponsibility, a cowardly sniveling policy that led our troops as sitting ducks in a region because the commander-in-chief would not take action to protect them.” he added.
Bill Hemmer then noted that recently, regarding Biden Administration ordered strikes, that the Houthi Terrorist group ‘knew it was coming.’
“Because, again, that’s a consequence of Joe Biden’s policy of fear and appeasement and conciliation,” Cotton said in response.” Just like with Ukraine and before that with Afghanistan, he’s scared of his own shadow. He keeps worrying about escalation. What we saw over the weekend was a massive escalation by Iran. The only way to solve that threat is to directly target Iran’s terrorist forces throughout the region and in Iran itself, to make it clear that we will never tolerate the deaths of our fellow Americans.” he concluded.