Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a former Iraq War veteran who served in the 101st Airborne Division and planned and led daily combat patrols, is a traitor. That’s according to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who called Cotton “Tehran Tom”; that’s according to former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, who said that his activity “borders on treason;” that’s according to the New York Daily News that headlined pictures of Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) with the headline “TRAITORS;” that’s according to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who called for Cotton’s prosecution under the never-enforced and likely unconstitutional Logan Act.
What did Cotton do to earn his newfound title as traitor rather than American hero? He penned an open letter to Iran informing that regime that any deal cut with the President without Congressional approval would be alterable by Congress and revocable by future presidents. Essentially, for paraphrasing Article II of the Constitution of the United States in public, Cotton has been characterized as Benedict Arnold.
But before we sign off on the bizarre notion that a Republican Senator trying to stop Iran from going nuclear is a traitor rather than the president who aims to allow Iran to loosen economic restrictions and then go nuclear, perhaps we ought to look more closely at some of the goings-on inside the Obama administration.
Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, once said that American soldiers had “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war.”
Our former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, had unusually close relations with the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood, at least according to the wife of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi. Raymond Ibrahim reports, from El-Mogaz News, that Morsi’s wife “is threatening to expose the special relationship between her husband and Hillary Clinton…Sources close to Nagla confirmed that she has threatened to publish the letters exchanged between Morsi and Hillary.” Judicial Watch has attempted to uncover emails between Hillary and Huma Abedin, her top aide, regarding Egypt policy. Those emails are missing, thanks to Hillary’s private server.
Our president once said that American troops in Afghanistan were “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians”; as president, he has maximized Iranian power in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen while sending the Ayatollah mash notes, undercut Israel’s military position in the Middle East, rejected military aid to Egypt as it fights the Muslim Brotherhood, negotiated with the Taliban, and created a vacuum in Libya granting terrorists total power. As Joel Pollak pointed out this morning, “As more than one critic has observed, if Obama were deliberately collaborating with the enemy, his policies would hardly look different.”
The Obama administration has actively aided alleged and convicted traitors to the United States. Obama infamously posed with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl, an alleged deserter and traitor, claiming that he had heroically traded five top Taliban terrorists for Bergdahl. National Security Advisor Susan Rice then claimed Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.” That’s a far cry from the testimony of his fellow soldiers, who said they were forced to search for Bergdahl at considerable personal risk after he simply wandered off the reservation to join up with the Taliban.
Then there’s Bradley Manning, the convicted traitor who turned over thousands of pages of classified documents to Wikileaks while burning Lady Gaga CDs. The Obama administration granted Manning’s request for taxpayer-funded hormone therapy so Bradley could become Chelsea, despite the fact that the Department of Defense doesn’t provide for hormone therapy for sex changes.
In a nation where the president believes he has absolute power, those who question the president are the traitors. No wonder Tom Cotton is under fire.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.