In the Age of Trump, Tom Cotton May Be America's Most Dangerous Senator - 2017-10-18
In many ways, Cotton is the GOP foreign policy equivalent of House Speaker Paul Ryan: disingenuous, ignorant, and out of his depth, yet feted by the D.C. press corps as a Very Serious Person — a resume and a vocabulary as a substitute for seriousness.
There is, however, nothing serious about him — despite his two degrees from Harvard. Like Ryan, Cotton's policy ideas fall apart the minute they are applied to the real world. "The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran," Cotton declared in June, before explaining how he believed the United States should "support internal domestic dissent" in Iran by backing minority ethnic groups, including Arabs, Turkmen, and Baloches, who "aren't enthusiastic about living in a Persian Shia despotism."
This is madness. Have we forgotten how much blood was spilled in Iraq thanks to such a nakedly sectarian "divide and rule" strategy? Are we supposed to ignore the way in which outside powers stirred up "internal domestic dissent" in Syria, by arming and funding vicious jihadist groups?