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Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:01 PM

NJ Star Ledger editorial board: Cotton "a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting"

He is not a "traitor" as some claim, but Cotton is a novice with pitifully shallow motives. He is a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting, someone who calls Iraq a "just and noble war," who wants to use the espionage act against journalists, and even campaigned on a baseless fear that ISIS "could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in Arkansas."

Give him this much: On Tuesday, he noted how "Israel struck Iraq's nuclear program in 1981 and they didn't reconstitute it," a rare GOP admission that the Bush Administration wasted countless lives and $1.7 trillion on a fantasy.

But above all, Cotton is man of war. He served in the Army Rangers with distinction, he is a walking, breathing casus belli on virtually every policy discussion, and one day after writing his letter - surprise - he addressed a gold-plated assembly of defense contractors.

So 46 other U.S Senators followed him into the political wood chipper.




more:
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/03/for_this_senate_iran_is_a_partisan_playground_edit.html

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Reply NJ Star Ledger editorial board: Cotton "a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting" (Original post)
kpete Mar 2015 OP
bullwinkle428 Mar 2015 #1
Baitball Blogger Mar 2015 #4
C_U_L8R Mar 2015 #2
Hekate Mar 2015 #21
C_U_L8R Mar 2015 #34
Cha Mar 2015 #37
hifiguy Mar 2015 #3
magical thyme Mar 2015 #7
Fred Sanders Mar 2015 #14
erronis Mar 2015 #20
Dawson Leery Mar 2015 #5
Wellstone ruled Mar 2015 #6
americannightmare Mar 2015 #8
WillyT Mar 2015 #9
spanone Mar 2015 #10
Fred Sanders Mar 2015 #15
Enthusiast Mar 2015 #25
stillwaiting Mar 2015 #33
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2015 #11
mountain grammy Mar 2015 #12
Fred Sanders Mar 2015 #16
mountain grammy Mar 2015 #35
hifiguy Mar 2015 #40
DamnYankeeInHouston Mar 2015 #31
Fred Sanders Mar 2015 #13
napkinz Mar 2015 #17
SoapBox Mar 2015 #18
Hekate Mar 2015 #19
Cha Mar 2015 #38
pangaia Mar 2015 #22
dawnie51 Mar 2015 #23
Cha Mar 2015 #39
Kingofalldems Mar 2015 #24
VA_Jill Mar 2015 #26
sulphurdunn Mar 2015 #27
randr Mar 2015 #28
Scurrilous Mar 2015 #29
AtomicKitten Mar 2015 #30
guillaumeb Mar 2015 #32
Cha Mar 2015 #36

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:10 PM

1. What will it take to get enough people to wake the fuck up about how

extremist these people are?

K&R.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:19 PM

4. +1000

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:11 PM

2. This is what results from Freeper inbreeding

Apparently this Cotton character is
quite the armchair warrior with a
history of writing crank letters...
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/tom-cotton-arkansas-new-york-times

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:44 PM

21. According to the editorial he served with distinction in the Army Rangers. Like McCain, he...

...does not qualify as a chickenhawk -- unlike so many of their GOP colleagues who never served and want others to die in their names.

Both Cotton and McCain are wrong, wrong, wrong -- their service apparently taught them nothing about the value of others' lives.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #21)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:41 PM

34. Just because someone served...

doesn't mean they know jack squat about good governance.
And thank you Hekate for the two glaring examples.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #21)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 05:38 AM

37. Not chickenhawks, no.. but got the taste of blood and wanted more.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:19 PM

3. "Followed him into the political wood chipper"

 

Now THAT is a line. Its truth makes it all the better.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:54 PM

7. that line struck me too...

 

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:54 PM

14. Although the corporate media seem to lose their wood chippers whenever the GOP fucks up.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:43 PM

20. I think we need to start calling the MSM "The Corporate PR Machines"

There is nothing "media" about them (as in the days of Cronkite, Murrow) except the use of the airwaves. Now that ClearChannel and other sponsored outlets are the major broadcaster, they are going to lose the eyeballs of the majority of the populace, except perhaps the old people in their barcaloungers who have already made up what's left of their minds.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:40 PM

5. He is a monster.

A vile, murderous monster.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 04:48 PM

6. Another of Waltons finist selections.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:40 PM

8. And the NJ Star Ledger ought to know...

for Christie is only a different brand of neo-con, and mostly by degrees of venality and avarice...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:42 PM

9. K & R !!!

 


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:44 PM

10. jeezus, he's a young guy, what fucks these people up like this?

what makes you think so demented?

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Response to spanone (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:56 PM

15. Dreaming of winning the Iowa primary caucuses...and the equally crazed NH.

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Response to spanone (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:57 PM

25. Power and money hungry.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #25)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 08:39 PM

33. Oh hell yes. He knows this is his opportunity. He'll spill plenty of blood to capitalize on it. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:49 PM

11. great editorial. K, R, Bookmarked. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:50 PM

12. a warrior who loves war

My dad was a career Marine, a lifer who died after 14 years of service. He believed our military should never be made up of mostly volunteers. He always said the draftees keep the military honest and question war.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:57 PM

16. A warrior should hate war, only a power hungry politician could love war.

The GOP Presidential clown train doors are wide open.

Seats are sold to the highest bidders.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 10:45 PM

35. All the warriors in my family hate war..

my father in law served in the South Pacific in WWII, as did my dad. My dad died when I was young, so, although I heard him rant against war, I never really understood.
I heard it from my father in law, who was Republican through and through. Despite that, he never once wavered from this one thing: war is a racket. No war is worth fighting. He said that often until he died at 91. I can't even imagine the mental scars inflicted on that mean old man when he was a 20 year old Marine.

I've heard it from my husband, a Vietnam vet who knows that war was for nothing, and from my son who was on the USS Wisconsin in Bush War I, who knew the stories from Kuwait were bullshit.

War is a racket.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #16)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:10 PM

40. One of the best examples was Eisenhower,

 

who hated war. Washington was no fan, nor was Sherman.

"Iíve been where you are now and I know just how you feel. Itís entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that some day you can use the skill you have acquired here.
Suppress it! You donít know the horrible aspects of war. Iíve been through two wars and I know. Iíve seen cities and homes in ashes. Iíve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell!

William Tecumseh Sherman, address to the Michigan Military Academy, June 19, 1879

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:11 PM

31. Excellent point. Another good reason for a draft.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:52 PM

13. CNN is barely to muster up the strength to defend and deflect from the growing and justified outrage.

Yes, Jeff Zucker has handed out his marching orders, aka Roger Ailes, to all CNN writers, editors, chyron writers and on camera TV air heads...support the traitors!

Support Bibi's position as Election Day is 6 short days away! Mock the general outrage and backlash against the clear malicious intent as mere political overreach, the usual Washington dysfunction, all big no deal! Then deflect....

What sad sack puppet CNN has become.

It is not a treaty by any defintion...what a bunch of media traitors.

Otherwise there appears to be a general corporate and TV media blackout..... just a silly little political thing.....the backlash should also be on the corporate media.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:58 PM

17. Tehran Tom



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:02 PM

18. ...a Neocon monstrosity...

And shallow too!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:38 PM

19. I want this hung around their necks like a dead chicken on a thieving dog...



I may be enjoying this debacle too much, but by gods it feels good after all these years of suffering at the hands of these fools.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 05:45 AM

38. Hoisted on their own stupid Petard.. A-gain. And, US corpmedia scrambling like mad rats to cover

it up.. A-gain.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:47 PM

22. I used to deliver the NJ Star Ledger,

back when it was the Newark Star ledger..

" On Tuesday, he noted how "Israel struck Iraq's nuclear program in 1981 and they didn't reconstitute it," a rare GOP admission that the Bush Administration wasted countless lives and $1.7 trillion on a fantasy. ...."

He is not admitting anything. He is so dumb he doesn't even realize what he said.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:53 PM

23. This guy has an agenda.....

and it has very little to do with keeping us safe. Mr. Cotton expects big things in his political future, and he is bursting out of the gate, two months into his career, with the goal of making himself a household word in the teabag world. He has exploded his little bomb, and his idiotic colleagues followed right behind. Cotton must be beside himself with glee. This time last week he was a barely known freshman congressman from a back wards southern state. Today he's a superstar for the baggers. Ted Cruz who?

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Response to dawnie51 (Reply #23)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 05:47 AM

39. I know.. I've been thinking how jealous ted cruz is now with all the insanebagger light exposing

Cotton mouth.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:56 PM

24. Take note, all the little chicken hawks in the Senate

let a freshman lead the way, probably because he is one of the few who ever served..

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:01 PM

26. Cotton

was a JAG lawyer, NOT a "man of war". He never wore combat boots, any more than Aunt Lindsey Graham did. Quit lying about him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:01 PM

27. While a punk

 

in the House, this little asshole introduced language to overturn the constitutional prohibitions against bills of attainder or ex post facto laws. These are laws that permit people to be summarily executed by the state and allows it to confiscate the estates of their heirs. It's right out of the Middle Ages. As for his military service: Millions of Americans have served in the armed forces, and many of them under far more stressful conditions than this little tail gunner. When i look at his face I see the ticket punching junior officers who got so many of of their men killed in Vietnam that they finally had to frag the bastards to stay alive. This slimy fucker makes me wanna puke. I thought America had quit spawning this kind of psycho. Obviously, I was wrong.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:03 PM

28. Just another floater in the Republican stink tank

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:05 PM

29. His surname is certainly evocative...

...they should make him Majority Whip to complete the package.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:07 PM

30. He smells of Cheney.

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:20 PM

32. you saved the best for the second last paragraph.


But above all, Cotton is man of war. He served in the Army Rangers with distinction, he is a walking, breathing casus belli on virtually every policy discussion, and one day after writing his letter - surprise -

And the heart of the matter:
"he addressed a gold-plated assembly of defense contractors. "

Always follow the money. Is he already thinking of a job in the defense industry after his career as a political whore is done?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 05:32 AM

36. "So 46 other U.S. Senators followed him into the political wood chipper.." oh, I like the sound

of that .. politically speaking. from your link..

mahalo kpete~ "..supercilious letter.." Perfect. "..And clearly, this is one time when the Senate would be best advised to zip it until it sees something that actually represents an enforceable agreement, rather than engage in the usual Obamaphobia." Excellent!

"Cotton, known to New Jerseyans as the guy who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief because Arkansas "should not have to bail out the Northeast," has since been denounced by members of his own party. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said it best: "We ought to support the negotiations going on," he said, "and this effort does not do that."

See article for more repubs than Flake denouncing "the Letter"

Even Republicans Admit Their Colleagues Were Stupid To Send Letter To Iran

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/11/even-republicans-admit-their-colleagues-were-stupid-to-send-letter-to-iran/

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