Washington — The United States can finish Iran in a matter of only two strikes “the first strike and the last strike”, US Senator for Askansas Tom Cotton said on Tuesday, referring to the shallow challenges Tehran have thrown this week.
Speaking to Margaret Hoover of PBS’ Firing Line Show, Cotton said that if Iran struck out militarily against the United States or against its allies in the region, then he would certainly expect a devastating response against Iran. But he doesn’t advocate military action against Iran.
“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,” he said.
Senator @TomCottonAR tells Firing Line if it comes to war with Iran, he is confident the United States would win, and would win swiftly. “Two strikes, the first strike and the last strike,” says the Senator. pic.twitter.com/twTdrFTwHu— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) May 14, 2019
He also made it clear that United States does not intend to govern Iran, and Iranians will be free to choose their liberal leader.
“We don’t want to rule 80 million Iranians. We want 80 million Iranians to be able to govern themselves,” he added.
He warned Iran to change its notorious behavior and to “rejoin the civilized world, and stop supporting terrorism and trying to overthrow the governments of so many of its neighbors.”
“With men like those in charge of Iran, I think we’re going to see what we’ve seen for the last 40 years, which is a revolutionary theological movement that’s hijacked the powers of a nation-state,” he added.
Responding to the question of whether war is inevitable, Cotton said that war is never inevitable and that it is always “the product of human choices.”
Cotton’s prompt response came after Iran’s commander of the aerial forces Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said on Sunday that Iran is ready to hit America in the head if they move, and it’s an “opportunity” for Iranians.
Political experts and analysts speculate that Iran cannot sustain US strikes with its poorly trained army and outdated war machinery.