Obama’s Arkansas Fellow Traveler

| September 9, 2013 | 21 Comments

Last week I emailed my congressman, Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, letting him know that like almost two-thirds of Americans, I am opposed to supporting Obama’s foolish, face-saving gesture of an attack on Syria. I was taken aback when my congressman, an Army combat veteran of the Middle East wars, responded to me that he was prepared to vote in support of Barack’s Folly, a meaningless shot across the bow of another Middle East brigand who will be defiantly and ineffectually undeterred by an attack which he knows to be nothing more than political theater and political cover for an incredibly weak and inept American president.

It is dismaying that Cotton is one of only two serving combat veteran congressmen from the Republican side of the aisle who have publicly announced, in the Washington Post, no less, their intention to support Barack’s Folly. Trying to make their case, they readily acknowledge that it is the continual blundering of Barack Obama that has put us into this morass, yet they claim that it is America’s reputation in the world that is at stake here, not that of our feckless leader. I have news for them: America’s reputation in the world took the big hit when she reelected a demonstrated incompetent. Serious dissing of Obama by foreign leaders has been on a steady uptick since November.

The two congressmen further argue that an emboldened Iran will pose a serious nuclear threat to this country if we don’t show Assad we mean business. I might be moved by that argument if we were talking about a more determined demonstration of our disapproval. Rather than debating the wisdom and effectiveness of firing a shot across Assad’s bow, how about we discuss lobbing sufficient rounds directly into the bridge of the Syrian ship of state? More of us out here might get aboard, especially veterans who are now near universally opposed to the current proposal. No one more determinedly despises useless military gestures like Obama’s shot across the bow than those whose lives may be forfeit to such puerile political posturing.

That a promising, young, up and coming congressman like Tom Cotton, who recently took the major political step up to declaring for the 2014 senate race against incumbent Democrat, Mark Pryor, can possibly be so tone deaf to the commonsense wisdom that pervades his electorate is disheartening. These folks here in Arkansas, the same as everywhere across the country, don’t see that there is any necessity to use American military forces to support either side in a fight where the likelihood is that both sides are our enemies. Cotton’s mistake is seriously compounded by the recent announcement of the incumbent Democrat, Pryor, usually an Obama water carrier, that he will not support an attack on Syria. Take time to read both accounts and see if you don’t agree that the politically astute Pryor makes the more convincing argument.

Pryor is a cynically superior political chess player to Cotton, who appears to prefer checkers. Were Pryor not fearing an election challenge, you can bet he’d be toeing Harry Reid’s Democrat hardline on the senate vote next week. But Pryor is cleverly positioning himself as the man of the people, representing the interests of Arkansas, doing his best to define himself as a Democrat who doesn’t think in lockstep with Ultimate Leader and ruling liberal faction of the party.

And on the checker-playing side, we have the Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, telling those he wishes to represent, “I don’t care if you’re opposed, I know better than you and I will vote to support Obama’s foolishness based on my superior, inside knowledge and not the wishes of my constituents.” Cotton’s argument is that he’s served in combat and that informs his superior position. Well I have a news flash for young Tom Cotton: There are many of us out here who also have been in combat who also have a few decades of life experience on him that informs our opinions, and we think he’s flat-out wrong. Congressman Cotton is wandering dangerously close to the McCain/Graham reservation where the operative reality is that which the senators feel to be politically beneficial, not necessarily what their constituents want. Has any aspirant to the senate ever begun a campaign with such a totally tin ear? It is readily apparent that Cotton has much to learn. Well, unless he’s already planning to be the next McCain or Graham.

I have no specific information as to Barack Obama’s current approval ratings in Arkansas, but considering these 2012 numbers, I’m betting they’re probably somewhere in the twenties by now. What I will wager with some confidence is that no matter how low they are, come Election Day 2014, they’ll be higher than Tom Cotton’s if he insists on making himself Obama’s Arkansas fellow traveler.

Crossposted at American Thinker

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Congress sucks

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  1. rb325th says:

    As you alluded to Jonn, this strike if it occurs will mean nothing to Assad. He knows what it is all about, it is about Obama now trying to save some face and appear as if he is doing something baout his “Red Line”.
    It will not deter Iran, it will not deter North Korea, it will not bother them one bit. They already are viewing him as weak and inneffectual. He has proven this to them time and time again. Lobbing some tomahawks at empty tents in the desert has been done before….it did not deter shit then either.
    I would have supported an all out assault on Assad and his WMD programs, IF the President was in fact a real Commander in Chief. He is nothing more thanthe Emporer in his New Clothes… Problem is, everybody sees he is nothing but an empty suit.

  2. NHSparky says:

    Rep. Cotton is going to lose his race against Senator Pryor should he pursue this course of action. This won’t be the only issue on which he can pin his loss, to be sure, but it’ll loom large in the aftermath of November 2014.

    Would that Weepy Boehner learn his lesson as well, but so far, I’m not holding my breath.

    GOP–are you listening? No. Don’t support it. We WILL remember this.

  3. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Sorry, Poetrooper wrote that one, I forgot to change the writer’s name initially.

  4. PintoNag says:

    “Who is the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool that follows him?”

  5. Old Trooper says:

    Nothing good will come of us attacking Syria. It’s that simple. It doesn’t need big intellectual thinkers to think it. It doesn’t take poll numbers. It doesn’t take selling anything. Everyone already knows.

  6. The Al says:

    Well, I guess I know who I’m NOT voting for next year

  7. David says:

    Maybe I am old-fashioned, but when I see a President or Congress member saying “I know almost everyone is against this, but I’m going to vote differently because I know what is good for you even if you don’t” – I want to bitchslap them into last week.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Iran’s Ayatollah Khameini has already warned that a missile attack on Syria by the US will generate attacks on American embassies and personnel. Assad is saying the same thing now: expect the worst in reprisal.

    http://news.msn.com/world/assad-expect-the-worst-in-retaliation-for-syria-strike

    This is a disaster that could easily be avoided. Now Iran is moving to support Syria.

  9. K.J. Hinton says:

    Threats of reprisal, in and of themselves, aren’t a reason to avoid blasting Syria. In fact, it’s a non-reason that pales in comparison to the dozens of other reasons to stay out of this political flypaper.

    For me, it’s rather simple: if these clowns could attack our embassies… what do you believe is already stopping them?

    The clown posse running our show wouldn’t do anything constructive about it… so what’s stopping them?

  10. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Five—that’s 5—days after the Benghazi attack, which occurred on September 11, 2012, Susan Rice appeared on (De)Face the Nation and stoically maintained that the Benghazi violence was a spontaneous reaction to a video. No one believed her then, but that didn’t matter: What mattered was that she was singing the company song. And, of course, she was rewarded for that and is now the knucklehead’s National Security Adviser. So, on the anniversary of that attack, she will be in the House of Reps to make the case for strikes against Syria. And she’ll doubtless look to Tommy Cotton and his wayward ilk for some reassurances. Spouted Old Faithful the other day, “We have no expectation of losing the vote in Congress. “We think that the Congress of the United States and the American people understand that we have compelling national interests at stake here.” Yeah, guess what she (and Kerry) failed to ID? Maybe Cotton will do so. Lord knows, they’ve all had more than enough time to make some up.

  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Whoa! Cotton isn’t ambitious is he? His seat in the House isn’t yet warm and he’s running for the Senate. He’s a Haaaaaarvad guy, undergrad and law school, so you know he’s the goods. I bet Kerry is jealous.

  12. SGT E says:

    Oh, Jesus. Come on – Obama’s fellow traveler? Hyperbole much?

    If you wanna toss folks like Tom Cotton overboard because he’s in favor of at least having ONE branch of government aggressively prosecuting the greater war, we’re going to spend a long, long time with folks like Obama, Kerry and Clinton running our foreign policy. I see this and wonder, “who REALLY is the fellow traveler here?”

  13. Hayabusa says:

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about Cotton just rubs me the wrong way, and has since I first heard about him. Maybe it’s that he’s too transparently ambitious. I get the sense that his whole military career was less about serving his country, and more about being a launch pad for his political ambitions. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s just my gut feeling.

  14. Common Sense says:

    I used to be a fan of Tom Cotton, having read about him frequently on the Power Line blog. But his position shocks me and gives insight into the kind of rep he is. Too bad.

    Here in Colorado we have the first recall elections ever because legislators didn’t listen to their constituents. Does Tom Cotton want to join them?

    It looks like many in Congress need a dictionary to look up the meaning of the word ‘Representative’.

  15. Common Sense says:

    Forgot to add… Especially when I just read this:

    Official: DoD will ‘aggressively’ target military pay, troop levels

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130909/NEWS/309090030

  16. Tactical Trunk Monkey says:

    Since Cotton is my Rep. too, I appreciate this info.
    He can throw in his towel, now.

  17. PintoNag says:

    The deck is being stacked as we speak. It sounds like serious pressure is going to be placed on any holdouts in Congress against the military strike in Syria.

    There’s a reason behind all this, some agenda — and I don’t believe for a minute that a gas attack is it; we were perfectly comfortable watching thousands of people starved and murdered in Darfur.

    When it finally does come out, it’s going to be filthy and stinking, I’m sure.

  18. Ex-PH2 says:

    @18 PN, You’re right. It smacks of a hidden agenda all the way around.

    Anyone who needs to be liked the way bodaprez does, and does something that almost everyone polled now thinks is just plain wrong, has something else going on. And it ain’t pretty.

    Is he actually trying to start WWIII? If so, why?

  19. Club Manager says:

    Tom Cotton is an ambitious young man with a shit pot of money. While he was not my first choice for Congress, and he and I had serious differences over his Ranger claims (i.e., I coined him with my 3/7th coin (a token of support appreciation for a Ranger company after we lost 11 good men in the Great Salt Lake during a classified prep training exercise) and he fessed up to never being assigned to a Ranger Battalion. He did complete the course and to his credit could have been a JAG but went Infantry and served two combat tours. Tom and I have become friends (sort of) and I support his run for the Senate because the incumbent has been a rubber stamp for Obama. At least Tom has the balls to speak his mind which is refreshing. In lamenting about some of our candidates to a learned associate, he said, so and so may be a sorry son of a bitch but he is our sorry son of a bitch. It was not Cotton we were talking about. I don’t support a strike on Syria because we don’t have the fortitude to follow through when other countries attack our installations and troops in retaliation. But I give Tom credit for at least being up front about his position. That is refreshing in a politician and illustrates “Rangers Lead the Way.”

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