Question 1: Would "moderate Islamic jihad" be OK?
Question 2: Did Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan usher Cotton out the door as soon as he made this speech?
Question 3: Cotton endorses the misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite their manifest failure. How much American blood and treasure does he expect the U.S. to commit to the futile effort to bring "democracy" to those countries?
But I quibble. It is good to see these truths being enunciated, even if not fully, at CPAC.
Tom Cotton: U.S. Fighting ‘Against Radical Islamic Jihad,’" by Katrina Trinko for National Review, March 14:
Freshman Arkansas congressman Tom Cotton, a rising GOP star and an Iraq War veteran, criticized today the idea that the U.S. is fighting a “war against terror.”
“We’re fighting one war and it’s a war against radical Islamic jihad,” Cotton said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It’s not a war against terror alone. Terror is a technique or a tactic . . . It’s a war against specific people, radical Islamic jihadists, who are trying to using terror to defeat the United States.
“Iraq and Afghanistan, as much as we might see those as distinct, are just two battle fronts in that war,” added Cotton, a former Army officer.
The congressman said he was sometimes concerned that Obama thought the United States was involved in a “law-enforcement campaign,” not a war....
“The president, I worry,” Cotton said gravely, “is returning us a law-enforcement construct, the kind that prevailed in the 1990s before the 9/11 attacks.”...
“It’s little surprising,” Cotton remarked, “that the American people are war-weary when their commander-in-chief is the weariest of them all.”
War-weary? Is that what he is?