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— U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas' 4th District is urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel for U.S. defense secretary.

In a column that appeared Friday in the Wall Street Journal, Cotton slammed the former Republican senator from Nebraska for a "dismal record on Iraq" that included writing a column in 2006 claiming the United States could neither win nor lose the war and suggesting no more troops should be deployed there.

"Imagine my surprise at the senator’s assertions, having just returned that week from combat in Baghdad as an infantry platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division," Cotton wrote. "My soldiers had fought bravely to stabilize that city, protect innocent civilians and defeat al Qaeda. Those soldiers were proud of their accomplishments.

"No one had told us during our time in Baghdad that we would achieve 'no victory.' Readers might have shared my surprise at Mr. Hagel's words if he had mentioned his earlier vote supporting the war."

Cotton went on to criticize Hagel's proposal to withdraw from Iraq and noted the troop surge he did not support was ultimately a successful operation.

Cotton also slammed Hagel for helping delay emergency funding for the war in 2007, voting to force withdrawal and voting against designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. And he said Hagel seems to be in favor of cutting military spending and withdrawing from Afghanistan sooner than planned.

"This is not the record of a leader who can be counted on to stand by our armed forces," Cotton wrote. "While Mr. Obama has every right to choose his secretary of defense, I urge him not to nominate Mr. Hagel. If he is nominated, I urge the Senate not to confirm him. Our fighting men and women deserve so much better."

Cotton, a Republican, was elected to a first term in November. He succeeds U.S. Rep Mike Ross, who opted not to seek reelection.

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  • Papakhan
    December 21, 2012 at 4:58 p.m.

    We need Hagel as Defence Secretary. Cotton has his Republican agenda but its not what people want. We are tired of our foreign wars.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    December 21, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

    Come on T6, just where did you pick up this tidbit of information. If Obama is doing it in secret, how did you find out about it. You don't have a clue, why don't you email Hal Lindsey, Pat Robertson or Jack Van Impe the prophets and maybe they have the source of info.

  • JakeTidmore
    December 21, 2012 at 6:53 p.m.

    Ignore Alex White's (T6) blithering, Bill. I'm sure his trip in the alien spacecraft gave him all this great insight for which he offers no proof. People who are too chicken to present actual facts, tend to deliver what those foul fowls are most noted for leaving about the yard: chickens**t.

    Article forgot to mention that the conservative think tank, the Cato Institute, thinks very highly of Hagel and thinks Cotton is way out of touch on this issue.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    December 21, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.

    Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

    There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers
    You have a problem with #2 and #6, you really need to supply your sources to put this to rest.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    December 21, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.

    Then according to Proverbs that eliminates all the GOP'ers

  • cliffcarson
    December 26, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.

    Hagel got it right. Cotton is a shill for the GOP special interest. He thinks that the GOP can dominate Arkansas for decades to come. But I would not be surprised if the GOP looses Arkansas in the next election, especially if they drive the economy over the cliff trying to protect the rich and powerful.
    The Iraqi war was a pre-planned rape of a country that had done nothing to America but was planned in the early 90's to get the Iraqi Oil. And they have it, those International Companies, all you have to do is follow the ownership through the maze of Eastern Oil Companies front organizations.
    When we say lives were lost, I suggest we speak the number: over 6,000 American soldiers and over a million Iraqi innocents killed. over 65% of those killed in Iraq were women and children, but that is not the end of it. The Depleted Uranium weaponry used in Iraq is Radioactive and already the percent of grotesque birth deformities caused by this radiation has tripled above pre war levels and will continue further into the future than the memory of mankind.
    When we speak of being a Christian Nation we need to remember this atrocity and try to get those who planned this tragedy out of our Government and in front of the International Court to answer for their crimes.
    The Iraqi war was not a war of survival, it was a war of profit for the masters of the GOP.
    We all need to seek peace on earth beginning now.

  • T6
    December 26, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

    BS....... So because I don't choose to respond to you, You call me a liar. You quote the Bible while being hypocritcal.
    YOU and your cohorts on here sure didn't have any problem with bearing false witness, lying against Mitt Romney, or Herman Cain with NO proof.
    I ask you. Do you think your President, Leon Panetta, or the Pentagon would lie to the American people? Yes or No?

  • cliffcarson
    December 26, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.


    Looks to me like you did choose to respond to Bill Smith, so why didn't you give the source for that startling revelation?

  • JakeTidmore
    December 26, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.

    The only source noted for the story of troops being secretly put into Iraq is PRESS TV. It's also what most anti-Obama right-wing groups are citing regarding this story.

    PRESS TV is based in Iran.

    Maybe that's why T6 isn't too eager for you to know his source. How stupid would it look to accuse our President of something based solely on a propaganda story from our sworn enemy, the Iranian government? Kind of like stepping into old horse droppings and proclaiming that you have gold dust all over your boots.

    Maybe T6 will start channeling Osama for his next revelation....

  • T6
    December 27, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.

    Hey JakeT must not have be inconsequential since the Pentagon responded to the PressTV claims. Most right wing groups? How about Russian media, Iraq media? NZmedia? Islamic media?
    If we waited for the Obmao National Media to print the truth hell would freeze over! Ain't gonna happen!
    thehill. com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/272049-dod-denies-deployments-of-us-forces-back-to-iraq-

    Like I said we know Obmao and the Pentagon has LIED about ALL troops leaving Iraq. They wouldn't lie to us NAW! Do you honestly think Obama is going to tell us he's going back into Iraq when we just got out. Obmoa and you Democrats have carried on about Bush's illegal war in Iraq(democRats words), now he's going back in. How many Muslim countries are we in now? Most people don't know Obama is arming all Muslim countries at our expense.

    You should read the article at the website below about the SOFA agreement between the US and Iraq. It gives the US authority to put troops back into Iraq.
    uruknet. info/?p=93393