Tom Cotton's 'Send in the troops' op-ed is just wrong

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The controversial NYT opinion piece by an Arkansas senator failed to make a persuasive case for military intervention in US cities and suffered from 'factual inaccuracies and historical analogies that make scant sense,' writes Peter Bergen for CNNOpinion

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America, and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. His new book is"Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN.

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, a military veteran who is close to President Trump and who is sometimes mentioned as a future US defense secretary, wrote an op-ed Wednesday in the New York Times under the headline,"Send in the Troops' in which he made the case that federal troops are needed to stamp out"anarchy" caused by the protests sweeping the United States that Cotton claimed recalls"the widespread violence of the 1960s.

But this comparison is off base. The riots that racked US cities in 1968 following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. were of a far deadlier and more destructive nature than the occasionally violent protests we have seen during the past week. In 1968, more more than 40 were killed, according to the Atlantic. I write only three blocks away from 14th Street NW in Washington DC, a key commercial corridor, much of which went up in flames during the 1968 riots.


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Opinion Tom Cotton is a supreme racist Sad for America to have such a person in the senate from Arkansas

Opinion Why in the FUCK did the nytopinion run that obscene Op-Ed, written by the Norman Bates of the United States Senate?

Opinion The words 'penile implant' come to mind when i think of Tom Cotton.

Opinion Cotton is not your average Nazi. The magnitude of his lies makes him an above average Nazi.

Opinion Is this the best Arkansas has to offer ? Sad really sad


Opinion Funny, it’s the majority opinion.

Opinion See, this is how it works: let Senator Asshole publish his bs, then someone argues with it. That’s the 1A, not everyone on Twitter screaming for the NYT to censor itself.

Opinion BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden calls for an end to the Rodney King riots BlackLivesMatter

Opinion Sounds like the 1619 Project

Opinion What a pinhead.

Opinion It was really disappointing to see this published in the nytimes.

Opinion What a sad case he is. BlackLivesMatterATL blacklifematters

Opinion Will you be dedicating any time for the officers who have been hurt in all this? Will you pause for them? Say their name? Acknowledge them for simply doing their job? I'll wait....

Opinion The good thing about all this is it's weeding out all the racists

Opinion It's almost like if we had Pol Pot or Idi Amin as a republican president SenTomCotton and the rest of those asshats would support them too.

Opinion A newspaper, 'the New York Times' failed to make a persuasive case that it's an actual legitimate newspaper. Meanwhile, CNN, a defunct cable news network is no longer relevant. Zero credibility.

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