According to Tom Cotton, the mind behind the letter to Iran, the Iranian government must be stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon, because their sphere of influence is so large that they already control a number of Middle Eastern cities — including Tehran.
During an interview on CBS, the host of Face of the Nation, Bob Schieffer, discussed the fallout from the letter authored by Cotton/the Israel Lobby and signed by 46 other Republican Senators. In particular, Schieffer focused on whether they undermined Obama’s ability to get a nuclear deal with Iran.
Schieffer asked Cotton “Let’s say the deal falls through, then what?”
Cotton responded by quoting Bibi Netanyahu, insisting that “The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal” and that “The Iranians frequently bluff to walk away from the table. If they bluff this week, call their bluff. Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions.”
He added that it was important to stand up to Iran’s “drive for regional dominance.” And just to press how serious the matter is, Cotton said that “They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sena’a as well.”
More worrisome, they can “do all that without a nuclear weapon,” leaving us to wonder what they could do with a nuclear weapon. As a result, he doesn’t “regret” the letter at all, and said Obama is negotiating Iran “on the path to get the bomb.”
Because Israel is an unarmed, helpless polity without nuclear weapons of its own, huh?
They control Tehran and “Sena’a.” Man, this is more serious than I originally thought. Next thing we know, North Korea will be controlling Pyongyang and Russia will be controlling Moscow — good God, man, someone’s got to do something!
I mock him for Tehran, but this “Sena’a” place interests me. He didn’t supply a location for it at all; he just tossed the name out like it was supposed to mean something. “Sena’a” is the Raw Story rendering of the name, which is pretty close to how he says it in the video, even though there are dozens of ways you can spell it due to it being transliterated Arabic (“Sina,” “Sina’a,” “Senna,” “Sinaw,” etc.)
So where exactly is this mysterious city that Iran controls? Well, I’m not an expert on geography, but there’s more than a few places all over the world, from Bhutan to Peru and France. We’ll skip over those, though, and focus just on the Middle East:
- Sina is a city in Busheher Province, as is the village Sanavin Sana. They share a “neighbor” with Sina, which is in the Isfahan Province, and Sina Rural District, which is in the Eastern Azerbaijan province. Like Tehran, all of these are also in Iran
- Sina is a road. This road is located in Tehran itself
- Sena, also spelled Senna, Sanaw, and Sinaw, is an ancient Jewish city that hasn’t been inhabited for at least a thousand years.
- Sana’a, more commonly spelled San’a, is a thriving city, one of the oldest known cities in the world — outside of Damascus — and is home to the Grand Mosque of San’a. Like Sinaw, the Jewish city abandoned since times immemorial, it’s in Yemen. San’a, in fact, is the capital.
- Sinaw is a small city known better for its market — in fact, it’s the most vital market in the eastern part of its country, Oman
- If Accuweather.com is to be believed, there is a place called Sina in Iraq. It exists somewhere in Iraqi Kurdistan, but when I went looking on Google Maps, I couldn’t find it
So what did I learn from this game of “Where the Hell is Springfield?” That Tom Cotton has nothing but contempt for his audience. This went well beyond transparent scaremongering; to throw a name as common as “Sena” out without any sort of anchor point and then use it to drum up fear is beyond irresponsible — of course, this is the leader of the Treasonous 47, so irresponsible is what he does, apparently.
I will, however, end this with a question: If he’s concerned about Iran controlling Tehran, who exactly did they think they were addressing when they wrote the letter?
Watch the video below: