Sen. Cotton: ‘Massive retaliation’ against Iran needed to end attacks on US assets

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that the United States must use “massive retaliation” against Iran in response to their recent attacks on American assets in the Middle East. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Cotton called for a “vigorous and overwhelming military response that would crush any future attacks on American targets” and noted that such a response could include “measures short of war.” He stated that such an approach needs to be backed up with diplomatic pressure, including potential sanctioning of Iran’s leaders and the targeting of its economic interests. By using measured and targeted military force and sanctions, Cotton believes that Iran can be made to understand that it cannot continue to attack American assets without facing severe consequences.