Diary

In case you'd forgotten, this isn't Tom Cotton's first rodeo....er...letter

Sen [mc_name name=’Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001095′ ]’s open letter to the Iranian mullahs, signed by 46 additional GOP senators, has generated a massive hue and cry, and general teeth gnashing, by the usual gang on the left.

It’s also had the remarkable effect of causing both SecState [mc_name name=’Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000148′ ] and State mouthpiece Jen Psaki to admit that Obama’s putative deal with Iran would be non-binding on future presidents.

But many may have already forgotten just how Cotton came to prominence.

His bio is well known. Harvard educated ( both undergrad and law school..where Liz Warren was one of his teachers) he joined the army, motivated by the events of 9/11. Instead of opting for the far cushier (and safer) JAG slot, he qualified Airborne and Ranger, and led a platoon of the 101st Airborne in Iraq.

In 2006, he sent an open letter (email) to the NY Times, in which, among other things, he said the Times’ then-editor, Bill Keller, and three reporters, should be imprisoned for treason, because the paper printed details of a previously secret Bush administration attempt to track and disable various terrorist financing networks.

The Times, (surprise, surprise) did NOT choose to publish the letter. However, it was widely circulated, and ultimately picked up by PowerLine.

Here’s the letter. Well worth reading, again.

Cotton returned home to Arkansas after his military service, and proceeded to lay waste to elected Democrats…first in the House, then the Senate.

So, this then is [mc_name name=’Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001095′ ]’s SECOND significant letter. One wonders what the future holds for this exceptional young man.

It also serves as a reminded of the power and majesty of the written word..something that is rapidly being lost in this era of texts, Tweets, and Vines…where brevity, and snark, are valued above truth.

And actually, it  appears that back then someone already sensed greatness in young Lt. Cotton:

In Jan 2005, a very prescient Larry Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College “wrote a glowing letter supporting Lt. Cotton’s requested assignment to the infantry, stating that “he hopes to be sent where there are enemies to fight.” Arnn added: “If you send him to fight I will pray for him, that he may be preserved to do all that he is able. That is very much.” “

Cotton has indeed been “preserved to do all that he is able.” And yes, it “is very much.”

And I hope and expect, a lot more is yet to come.