Sen. Cotton Challenges ‘Coward’ Iranian Foreign Minister

by | Apr 30, 2015


Fresh off his strange foray into international diplomacy neo-con style, where he sent a letter to Iranian leadership warning that a US deal with Iran would not be honored by the United States, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has again dipped his Arkansan toes into the international waters.

This time Cotton, who is in danger of becoming the Westboro Baptist Church of the neocon movement, has sent a flurry of Tweets to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif challenging him to come to Washington to debate the US Constitution.

(Might round two include a debate of Iranian history from ancient Persia to the present, with special emphasis on when last Iran invaded another country? Probably not.)

Cotton also wants the debate to cover “Iran’s record of tyranny, treachery, & terror.” Presumably Cotton is unaware of the US-backed Israeli terror attacks on Iranian scientists.

The US Senator pointedly called the Iranian foreign minister a “coward” for not fighting in the US-instigated Iran-Iraq war in which the US sided with an Iraq that used chemical weapons (provided by Washington) on Iran. The “treacherous” Iran did not retaliate in kind against Iraq, but perhaps Cotton has some gaps in his historical knowledge.

Interestingly enough, the West-oriented Zarif was in the United States during the Iran-Iraq war, obtaining a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University and then going on to achieve a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Sen. Cotton apparently prefers that the Iranian academic had been engaged in killing members of the then US-backed Saddam Hussein government in Iraq.

Sen. Cotton’s bizarre Tweet bombs should be seen to be believed:


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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