Cotton Collapse: Iran Letter Author Gets Constitution And Geography Wrong In Same Interview

Tom Cotton Face The Nation

Sen. Tom Cotton wasn’t satisfied with mangling the Constitution on CBS’s Face The Nation. Cotton revealed how little he knows by also not appearing to be aware that Tehran is the capital of Iran.


Sen. Cotton (R-AR) first claimed that Constitution states that the Senate has to vote on any agreement with Iran in order for it to last, “It’s — well, as a simple fact that our Constitution that, if Congress doesn’t approve that deal, then it may not last.”

The Constitution says nothing of the sort. Via Article II Sec. 2, “He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”

The Constitution does not cover executive agreements like the one that is being negotiated with Iran. The president has the power to suspend the sanctions unilaterally, but that suspension would expire once he left office. It is true that the Senate may get to vote on the sanctions, but it is possible that if Democrats keep the White House, the next Democratic president will keep the sanctions suspended as long as Iran continues to comply with the agreement. Unless the president wants to go to Congress to ask for permanent removal of the sanctions, there is no guarantee that Congress will ever get a vote on the matter.

Cotton’s biggest gaffe was that he appeared not to know that Tehran is the capital of Iran. Cotton said, “The Iranians frequently bluff to walk away from the table. If they bluff this week, call their bluff. But 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 Sanaa as well.”

Look out, the Iranians control their own capital.

Cotton revealed himself to be another reckless neocon who is an embarrassment to the body that he is serving in. Sen. Cotton’s lack of basic knowledge should disqualify him from ever being taken seriously in any national discussion. However, the lack of pushback from CBS’s Bob Schieffer revealed that the mainstream press is likely to keep giving Republicans airtime as they turn a blind eye to obvious distortions of fact.

Tom Cotton is making up his own Constitution while failing at basic geography, which is why he should not be trusted to evaluate any deal with Iran.

65 Replies to “Cotton Collapse: Iran Letter Author Gets Constitution And Geography Wrong In Same Interview”

  1. I think the little piss ant should resign and crawl back under the rock he came from. Another Government Over the People Senator that doesn’t know his butt-hole from a hole in the ground. How long are the people and Democratic politicians going to allow this crap to go on and not say enough is enough.

  2. Katie Couric would have followed up.
    I cannot believe they don’t praise someone like Couric, but tolerate these milk toast reporters, who just him haw around with people who are obviously NUTS.
    At the least, ignorant, and willfully so.

  3. The south will never rise again as long as ignorant white folks keep electing ignorance folks to represent them

  4. Senator Tom Cottonballs, leader of the Fascist Jackass (FJ) 47, is guilty of violations of Sections 953 and 954 of the US Code, Title 18, Chapter 45. Section 953 is the Logan Act; 954 is giving false information to influence a foreign government.
    If Sen. Cottonballs took money from a foreign government to sabotage the negotiations, that’s an act of Sedition (US Code, Title 18, Chapter 115, Section 2384)…
    We already know, btw, that ALL GOP politicians in this country are Insurrectionists (18 USC, Chapter 115, Section 2383) as well as Seditionists.
    But, since the USAG/Justice Department hasn’t shown any interest in indicting, arresting and prosecuting the GOP for their previous crimes, why would they do anything about the FJ47?!?

  5. This arrogant, ignorant little punk continues to display his stupidity openly on these talk shows. The only one I’ve seen call him on it is CNN of all channels! Someone should do him a favor and take him down once and for all. He needs to be made aware of his ignorance of the Constitution and someone needs to give him a map of the Middle East! The interviewer on CNN repeated the correct article of the Constitution to him, but he just ignored it and kept robotically repeating his “talking points”. Willful ignorance to support his “talking points” or just dumb as a rock?

  6. He didn’t say “they already have Tehran…” for the panel, he said it for the millions of Republican low-info voters who will see this dozens of times this next week, and will give them the impression that Iran has already taken one “stronghold,” and is on its way to the others. It is almost cruel to watch the misinformation so subtly placed, so that panicked viewers who do not know it’s the capital spread the word… Just watch and listen next week.

  7. Cotton did get a lot of money from William Kristol’s PAC that supports Israel. I wonder where the money comes from for the PAC. And why would they have given so generously to a freshman senator from a southern state?

  8. Hay give the boy a pass. The Idiot was probably home-schooled or sent to the brain-washing “private schools”. What is higher education teaching these morons????

  9. The Iranian spokesperson made the salient point: The U.S. isn’t the whole world. The actions of the republican senate guarantees that we couldn’t find any allies for ANY action against Iran with the exception of Israel. All the gopers did was insure that anything we do beyond whatever agreement is finally reached by the P5+1 we would do alone. Us against the world… What a great scenario.

  10. Don’t for one minute forget what these 47 poor excuses these so called republican senator have done, all of them have been told to work on a excuse as everyone can see, with the help of the MSM and faux, they really make me sick. Who holds the balls of these tratiors.

  11. Last week on Face the Nation, there was an interview with President Obama. After showing part of that interview, Schiefer immediately turned to Netanyahu, to get his opinion of our President’s interview. I was truly disgusted and turned the channel. To Schiefer, we need to get a foreign leader’s opinion about our leader’s opinion. That, to me, was the worse of the worst. So, no, Schiefer was not being cordial, he was letting that thought lie, and allow others to think that, also.

  12. I have to admit – I could only watch the first minute. Couldn’t watch it all.

    Why you may ask?? I was laughing so hard I started to choke! I value my being able to breath over those in desperate need of Hooked on Phonics or their new ‘personalized’ version: Teabonics!!

    To think — it’s been 6 years seeing these signs and you still have to shake your head and have to laugh. They being of the Party that wants to cut and gut more out of education. I don’t think they can go any lower as they’re at the bottom of the barrel now!!

  13. Everyone Signing or Supporting the Cotton Letter Is ‘Disqualified’ From Being President — Right, Chuck Todd

    Remember when Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd declared that senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was disqualified from being in the Senate because she refused to declare for whom she voted in 2008 and 2012?

    Forty-seven Republican Senators tried to usurp the authority of the presidency and aid a foreign country in making a decision contrary to the stated policy of the government of the United States. Although Senator Cornyn (R-TX) declared that it is not only the president who speaks for the country in foreign affairs, he is completely wrong (except, perhaps, when the president is a black man, then the rest of the world needs to hear separately from white males).
    Read More

  14. That’s the problem. he’s supposed to be our surrogate. This is an elected official who is arguably suborning mutiny.
    Cordiality does not factor in. Show us the person behind the mask.

  15. Since nothing has yet been brought to the table, how does Congress make a decision with regard to acceptance or disapproval? How the hell can someone vote on something that’s not even there yet?

    Their interpretation of Constitutional and Governmental protocol is ass-backwards.

  16. They get their orders from that man Beebs and the Likud party
    Cotton made it clear who’s really calling the foreign policy shots in the Republican Party:

    “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 walk away this week, call their bluff. Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions.”

  17. He said what he said now you may have a different take on it but I think he might say there are millions of Iranians already in Tehran

  18. Reply to Andrew Rei at 5:39 pm

    since the USAG/Justice Department hasn’t shown any interest in indicting, arresting and prosecuting the GOP for their previous crimes, why would they do anything about the FJ47?!?
    First of all, I have no doubt you believe your position is unassailable, but that belief actually tends not to persuade others.

    So let’s be clear. Those 47 R Senators didn’t negotiate with the ayatollahs. And regarding the Logan Act, you believe the AG should arrest, indict and prosecute elected leaders on a violation of a law that the executive branch exempted them from?
    The State Dept., a long time ago, declared Congress exempt from the Logan Act.

  19. Why do none of these Reps ever discuss the world having to live with a nuclear Israel? Israel seems to be the fire bomber in the ME.

  20. Hopefully Mr. Cotton will be answering his bunkmate to “Cotton Candy” in a 12′ x 7′ while he appeals his sentence for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    “Randy” Paul is trying to walk it back already, saying he only signed as a show of support for the President, which makes about as much sense as anything else that comes out of his pie-hole. Cotton, Paul, and the other 45 should be hiring lawyers out of their own pockets. It’s not as if they can’t afford it without starting a “Defense Fund”. Especially Paul. He’s been utilizing the Senatorial Insider Trading deals for 4 years now. I’m sure he has plenty for his hair-plugs AND a lawyer, too.

  21. Besides this agreement that is presently being negotiated is between members of the UN Security Council and Iran. It is not between the US and Iran. The fact that this involves a UN matter makes the letter all the more absurd. Surely some of the GOP knuckleheads who signed knew that the negotiations were not bilateral but multilateral. Didn’t any of them mention what the negotiations were about or read the text before signing it? We know McCain, hurrying to escape the coming snowfall, didn’t read the letter. By the way, why was he so worried about the weather? I strongly doubt that McCain drives his own car.

  22. It is odd that no newspaper or television news program ever mentions that Israel is a nuclear power. I bet most Americans don’t even know that Israel has had a nuclear military capability for years.

  23. First- he’s confusing law, bill, ‘executive’ bill (executive order?) and the one word he hasn’t used, TREATY. They are not the same thing. Ugh…

    The President doesn’t have to get congress to ‘approve’ bills, the congress is the agency that WRITES and PASSES bills. The President signs them.

    Executive orders do not require Congressional approval, that’s kinda the point.

    Treaties do not require Congress negotiate them, Congress RATIFIES them. They are only enforceable once they are ratified, but once that is done, Congress can’t just ‘decide not to enforce it’ once the President that it was ratified under is no longer in power. *sigh*

    He’s a moron. It’s hilarious he’s saying Obama, who actually taught Constutional law doesn’t know what the Constution says, when Cotton couldn’t sing along with ‘I’m Just a Bill’ from Schoolhouse Rock.

  24. I can’t believe there are two people who disagree with you BernieinMD. How can anyone who can read a 5th grade level disagree that rotten cotton is an idiot?

  25. The dead eyes, the lack of personality, his lack of judgement when it comes to how others will view his actions, an utter lack of empathy for other human beings and an overweening ambition that developed early – all point to Tom Cotton as a man to be watched very carefully.

    His is a brand of conservativism that is more heartless than most, a fanatical elitism that sees his views as uber superior in a way that few do (or would admit to).

    His is a harsh, unyielding, judgmental political philosophy. “I don’t think Arkansas needs to bail out the Northeast,” Cotton said of his vote against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

  26. I thought you captured Scott Walker perfectly with your first two paragraphs.

    Then I read the third and wondered if being a sociopath is a requirement for republican office.

  27. HA! HA! HA! Tom foolery COTTON Says: —They (Iran) already control Tehran. Increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad, and now Sanaa as well.”—–

    Look out, the Iranians control their own capital. (TEHRAN). Hah! Ha! Ha!
    The Ayatolahs, and Mullahs have been vindicated: The 47 and their leader: Freshman, wet behind the ears, know nothing Senator Cotton has proven that they know NOTHING! The Ayatolahs and their Foreign Minister told us that.

    I THINK IT’S TIME FOR TOM COTTON to exit the stage. Time for the Hook, before he continues to embarrass the remaining 46 and all of Capitol Hill and America. This Dunce could not even write a cohesive letter. Addressed to “Whom It May Concern” in Iran was a tip-off that the letter was amateurish, written by a character who has NO foreign relations experience. And the movers and shakers of the Republican Senate followed this “dude”?

  28. Tom Usher:

    Do you think we are STUPID!!!!! ?????

    We heard, saw what he said. He clearly screwed up his geography and knowledge of what’s going on and who’s doing what to whom. You are obviously trying to negate the obvious. Your guy Tom, got it mixed up. As is the usual case for neophites in the Republican Party. BTW. Yank this guy of the stage before he embarrasses your party further. OK? Enough of him already!

  29. The problem is- Republicans and Tea Baggers appear to be unable to grow up; a sort of vicious Peter Pan Syndrome.

  30. Letter to Congress

    The leadership of the 47 Senate Republicans who signed the letter to the government of Iran, in a flagrant effort to undermine treaty negotiate between that country and ours, and thereby placing the people of that region (and ultimately the United States itself) at risk, have violated their oaths of office and have greatly damaged the credibility of the United States in international affairs. They are not fit to hold the offices to which they were elected and should (as has been done 15 times before in the history of our nation) be immediately expelled from the Senate. We call on the Senate to demonstrate by deeds, not words, that such treason will never be tolerated in its midst
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court(w…

  31. Actually in the Original Peter Pan stories, Peter would murder the Lost Boys to keep them from growing up into Pirates…


  32. I’m sure all these comments are left over from when Obama gave us a history lesson on the number of states in the USA. Remember that.

  33. And doesn’t Schiefer know that it’s only Treaties that have to be approved by Advise and Consent, not executive agreements? Come on Bob, step up your game, don’t let that little Dork get away with gross misstatements.

  34. Peter Pan is still just A story, Cruz is Not, he is a real threat. A weird, ugly, lying threat, owned by BIG, VERY BIG MONEY doing their wishes. Not concerned in the least with right and fairness.

  35. GOP47

    GOP senators blocking the hall,
    47 in all,
    If [Fill in the Blank] should happen to fall,
    46 senators blocking the hall.

    46 senator blocking the hall,
    46 senators all,
    If [Fill in the Blank] should happen to fall,
    45 senators blocking the hall.

    45 senators……. etc, etc, etc ;-)

  36. tea party freshman senator, Tom ‘Tehran’ Cotton, on the job for less than 3 months decides he wants to commit treason and start world war 3 with Iran- and the rest of the GOP Senators gave him almost 100% support. it is unforgivable and outrageous. I would expect this disgusting behavior by the GOP House- not our senators. this is why this is such an outrage. how stupid is the GOP leadership? they let some tea party lunatic singlehandedly attempt to start the next world war, and they were all aboard for the ride… words juts cannot describe the amount of anger americans are feeling towards the entire rightwing collective. i believe the GOP has sealed its fate with this latest stunt.

  37. And he thinks he will become president in 2020 with a bill the Gop’s are trying to pass to ease his way.

  38. This was not an act of Congress. This was an act of 47 Republican Senators that was not sanctioned by the Senate. That is a big difference. If this were to have been a bill brought before the Senate, I might agree with your assertion, but it was not. One freshman Senator wrote the letter and 46 of his Republican fellow Senators, independent of the Senate body, colluded with him to sign it and release it. This was by no means an act of Congress.

  39. Five Annoying Things About Sen. Tom Cotton’s Appearance on Face the Nation Yesterday, fresh, new GOP savior, this year’s Marco Rubio, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, he of the authorship of the Republican Senators’ “Dear Mullahs” letter, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob “Sick of All Your Shit” Schieffer. As you might expect, Cotton was an annoying fucker for reasons big and small, and it’s got little to do with his saying that Iran controls Tehran (which was a minor slip-up and, really, ain’t that big a deal). – See more at:

  40. So you claim Cotton was wrong and then take two paragraphs to say the same thing? And no, Obama does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally lift sanctions. The sanctions are law. As soon as another Repub gets in the White House ya’ll are gonna forget all about this ‘the president can nullify any law likes’ nonsense real quick.

  41. Turn off fox.
    Iran: U.S. Economic Sanctions and the
    Authority to Lift Restrictions

    The ability to impose and ease economic sanctions with some nimbleness and responsiveness to
    changing events is key to effectively using the tool in furtherance of national security or foreign
    policy objectives. Historically, both the President and Congress have recognized this essential
    requirement and have worked together to provide the President substantial flexibility. In the
    collection of laws that are the statutory basis for the U.S. economic sanctions regime on Iran, the
    President retains, in varying degrees, the authority to tighten and relax restrictions

    In the
    collection of laws that are the statutory basis for the U.S. economic sanctions regime on Iran, the
    President retains, in varying degrees, the authority to tighten and relax restrictions
    Can you read bagger?

  42. I agree that his comment about Tehran was completely off, very strange, and perhaps downright stupid, but I don’t quite understand which statement he made that is contrary to the constitution or how executive agreements work. He plainly said that the agreement “may not last.” He never said that an executive agreement required senate approval. What am I missing?

  43. Not trying to be an asshole but if the agreement is signed under the UN security council and under the NPT treaty why wouldn’t it last? Unless you are saying we are willing to break international treaties which has been signed and ratified

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.