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How Sharp Was Tom Cotton’s Performance on Face the Nation Yesterday? This Was His ‘Gaffe’

Yesterday on Face the Nation, Senator Tom Cotton, to many eyes, ably defended his decision to organize an open letter to Iran’s leaders. But eagle-eyed ThinkProgress caught an embarrassing gaffe:

When asked by Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer what better outcome Cotton expects if a White House-led deal falls through, Cotton seemed to make a key geographic mistake, suggesting that Tehran, the capital of Iran, might be controlled by anyone other than Iranian leaders:

Schieffer: What do you want to happen here? What is your alternative here? Let’s say that the deal falls through, then what?

Cotton: Well as Prime Minister Netanyahu said, the alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. The Iranians frequently bluff to walk away from the table. if they bluff this week, call their bluff. The Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions. Moreover we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Tehran increasingly they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad and now Sana’a as well. They do all that without a nuclear weapon. imagine what they would do with a nuclear weapon.

Schieffer went on to ask Cotton whether he had any regrets at all about the letter. So he didn’t clarify with Cotton what he meant by his comment that Iran has “control” of its own capital.

But several on Twitter noticed the gaffe and questioned Cotton’s Harvard credentials . . .

Yes, I’m sure the senator had no idea what Iran’s capital is called. No way he just chose a circuitous locution (practically a subject at Harvard Law, I’d think).

As they’d say in Tehran, salam, Tom Cotton Derangement Syndrome.

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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