Trump issues new travel ban for 6 Muslim-majority countries, excludes Iraq


President Donald Trump has issued a new executive order, temporarily blocking travel to the US for residents of six Muslim-majority countries pending revision of visa procedures. The previous travel ban, issued in January, was blocked in federal courts.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new executive order to reporters on Monday.

The order halts the issuance of new US visas to citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days.

Iraq, which was included in the January ban, was left off the list this time after the government in Baghdad agreed to increase cooperation with the US on background checks for its citizens applying for visas, AP reported.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal called the decision “an important step in the right direction” that “consolidates the strategic alliance between Baghdad and Washington in many fields, and at their forefront the war on terrorism.”

Tillerson thanked the government in Baghdad for working with the State Department on improving vetting, and called the order “a vital measure for protecting our national security.”

The new order also imposes a 120-day halt on refugee admissions from the six countries. Legal permanent residents (‘Green Card’ holders) from the countries will not be affected, however, Reuters reported citing a fact sheet supplied by the administration.

“Nothing in this executive order affects existing lawful permanent residents,” Kelly said, adding that Homeland Security will enforce it “humanely, respectfully and with professionalism.”

Trump’s senior aide Kellyanne Conway provided confirmation in an interview with Fox News on Monday.

“If you have travel docs, if you actually have a visa, if you are a legal permanent resident, you are not covered under this particular executive action,” Conway said, adding that the new order will go into effect on March 16.

The new order also includes exemptions such as business or medical travel and gives room for waivers on a case-by-case basis.

In the 90-day review period, Homeland Security is supposed to define a new set of requirements for travel to the US, and recommend restrictions for countries that do not comply.

“Like every nation, the US has a right to control who enters our country and to keep out those who would do us harm,” said Sessions, adding that the Department of Justice regards the new executive order as “a lawful and proper exercise of presidential authority” and will both enforce and defend it.

Groups that opposed the original travel ban have vowed to protest the new one as well, calling it religious discrimination.

“Trump’s revised executive order is the same Muslim ban with a fresh haircut,” Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, said in a statement. “There’s no evidence that banning travelers based on nationality actually protects anyone.”


‘Mass Migration, Disaster and Inner-City Turmoil’…


Army Preps for Urban Warfare in MegaCities: “Mass Migration, Disaster and Inner-City Turmoil”

By Mac Slavo

There will be war in the streets of America. Things have been engineered that way.

The scenarios are many, the issues are complex. The current anger from the left, who are violently protesting against President Trump, is just one aspect of it.

But the Pentagon and the U.S. national security structure is increasingly looking towards the shifting demographics around the globe – people have moved from rural areas, and shifted into cities. Where ever conflict stirs, there will be a need for military and SWAT response to the call. Entire cities will be locked down; door to door sweeps will often have violent ends.

Baghdad could be brought home to the streets of America, and the military already knows it.

The powers that be are deeply concerned about the unfolding situations with migrants, illegal immigrants, potential terrorists, political factions, violent protests, arson and riots.

Increasingly, they are training for and expecting a homegrown conflict that will call for them to restore order in a major cities – and even hunt down suspects block to block, like in the Boston Marathon bombing incident, while making some significant infringement of our civil liberties.

During the past several years, there have been reports about unannounced urban warfare drills in major U.S. cities, sometimes in coordination with major events; there have also been military training scenarios that have maintained a consistent theme of civil unrest, economic breakdown and widespread riots.

As Intellihub reported:

For years the alternative media has warned about the US military possibly being used against the American people in a time of economic collapse or any sort of martial law scenario.

Drills such as Vigilant Guard 2010 have brought widespread attention to the fact that portions of our own military are training to take on crowds of American citizens demanding food and Constitutional rights in a time of crisis.

Now, a new release by the website Public Intelligence, once again confirms that as recently as February and March of 2012, US troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington were conducting training scenarios for a civil disturbance domestic quick reaction force.

A series of photos of the drills shows US troops with crowd control riot shields on the opposite side of actors portraying what can only be described as American citizens.

What do the elite know that we don’t?

Now, a major military scholar is calling for the creation of “megacities combat units” – a proposal that is a major and drastic departure from warfare of the past, which has been designed away from cities. Now, military and paramilitary units, as well as local law enforcement, much engage the population itself – with all the unpredictability afforded by a real life, complex situation filled with combatants, non-combatants and friendlies behind any and all doors, etc.

With a heightened focus on terrorism and reigning in undocumented immigrants, there will be a tendency, if we are not careful, for a heightened militarized and police state atmosphere to arise – both at home, and in everyplace that they take the fight.

Major John Spencer, a former Ranger Instructor and scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute called for an armed unit ready for megacities deployment in an op-ed:

Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.

Throughout history, military forces either sought to avoid or simply had no need to engage in urban combat. Most military doctrine, and the strategic theory it is built upon, encourages land forces to bypass, lay siege to, or—if required—isolate and slowly clear cities from the outside in. The great armies of the world have historically fought for cities rather than in cities, a distinction with a significant difference. In cases where military forces had no choice but to operate within cities, the environment, almost without exception, proved very costly in both military and civilian casualties. Today, many armies have accepted that global population growth and urbanization trends will increasingly force military operations into crowded cities, and military forces must therefore be capable of conducting the full range of operations in large, dense urban areas.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently remarked that the Army “has been designed, manned, trained and equipped for the last 241 years to operate primarily in rural areas.” But that is about to change. Milley continued:


The conclusions of the SSG research are clear: megacities are unavoidable, they are potentially the most challenging environment the Army has ever faced, and the Army is unprepared to operate in them.


One ongoing military study of megacities is the NATO Urbanization Project. […] In the project’s most recent experiment, the NATO team conducted a wargame to determine the capabilities needed to achieve the goals of three likely missions in 2035: response to mass migration, natural disaster, and inner-city turmoil. Within these missions, the wargame specified that a brigade conduct three operations in a megacity—joint forcible entry, major combat, and subsequent stability operations—without unacceptable levels of military or civilian casualties.


Of course, urban warfare is not exclusively a future phenomenon. Much has been learned from urban battles in recent history: the Siege of Sarajevo (1992–95); the Battle of Mogadishu (1993); Russian operations in Grozny (1994–95 and 1999–2000); US operations in Baghdad (2003) and Fallujah (2004); Lebanese operations in Nahr al-Bared, Lebanon (2007); and the Second Battle of Donetsk (2014–15). But the broad lessons of these cases have yet to truly inform Army training for urban combat, which for most units consists mainly of tactical training (e.g., room clearing drills with four-man teams). The Army would be much better served by the creation of an entire unit dedicated to preparing to operate in dense urban environments, particularly megacities.

Any way you slice it, the military and the national security infrastructure are watching for cracks in the system.

People are at their wits end, and many are on the edge of poverty – and for many, it just won’t take much more to set them loose, and let riots erupt. Whether the system wants those to spread, or wants to suppress and contain them, they know they are coming.

Population pressures, and clashing groups within growing city centers are creating more problems, and compounding old ones.

If the economic stability of a given region were to give way, nearly every megacity would spiral out of control and descend into absolute madness – whether or this continent or any other.

via Nicholas West:

 The following Pentagon video was featured by The Intercept and portrays the chilling atmosphere presented by sheer numbers and those who would enter such environments in the pursuit of order.

Drills such as “Unified Quest” run yearly by the U.S. Army took a sharper turn in 2014 toward addressing the problem of combat in megacities – defined as cities with more than 10 million people, of which there already are nearly 25 and projected to total near 40 by the year 2025. The Pentagon’s own solicitation early last year called “Thunderstorm Spiral” was a request for “help from technological innovators to take on the future of warfare.” This appeared to indicate that in addition to boots on the ground, an additional pervasive centralized intelligence apparatus would be needed to properly plan for troop movements through such dense but vast environments that also would be made up of networks underground.

Rather than trying to guess what specific crisis may spill over into violence, or bring things to a stand still in traffic or electronic commerce, just consider the piling pressure that is growing in the techno hubs and swelling urban population centers.

New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and dozens of enormous cities around the world are all completely vulnerable. Depending upon the political situation, unrest, violence or whatever else could spread across the entire Eastern half of the U.S., and the entire country could face collapse as it has never before known it. It is only a question of timing and circumstance.

Preppers should take all this into account. Modern life may make a connection to the city unavoidable prior to the collapse, but being insufficiently away from major urban centers is definitely a liability in times of crisis. Even outlying neighbors can be subject to looting, natural disaster, grid shutdown, riots, and many other situations. Make arrangements to shelter away from the city, and make sure you can get there safely and quickly when something goes down.

Do not rely on the services or goods of these cities, and get out while you still can. There are some very major crises brewing right now. They are preparing; you should, too.

h/t Nicholas West, Activist Post

ISIS using ‘tens of thousands’ as human shields in Mosul – UN

Terrorist group Islamic State has forced tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, into Mosul from surrounding areas to serve as human shields, the UN human rights office has said. It comes as Shiite militias announced an imminent attack on the city.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is preparing for a major attack on its Iraqi stronghold by the Iraqi army and its allies, possibly including Shiite militias, Kurdish militias and Turkish forces, with the US-led coalition providing air support.


Ahead of the impending attack, the terrorists have taken steps to deter the offensive, including launching raids on communications channels, setting fire to oil and chemicals sites, and abducting people from areas around Mosul.

On Wednesday alone, hardline Sunni militants killed at least 232 people around Mosul, who were resisting relocation, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a news briefing

“Many of them who refused to comply were shot on the spot,” she said, citing reports corroborated by the UN that were “by no means comprehensive but indicative of violations.”

Mosul is Iraq’s second most populous city after the capital Baghdad. Located in a predominantly Sunni region in the north, it is estimated to have several million residents, even after IS purged non-Sunni minorities, killing them or forcing them to leave.

The offensive, first announced two weeks ago, is likely to take a heavy toll on the civilian population as the city will become an urban battleground. Humanitarian organizations called on the attacking forces to avoid targeting civilian infrastructure and to take care to minimize civilian casualties.

READ MORE: Pentagon claims 800-900 ISIS fighters dead in Mosul battle

The offensive is not yet at full scale, as the different parties involved seem unable to overcome a number of differences. The Iraqi government objects to Turkey’s presence on its soil, saying Turkish troops were not invited. Turkey does not want Shiite militias and Kurds to be part of the operation, saying they would be targeting Sunni and ethnic Turkoman civilians living in the region. Ankara also sees the Iraqi Kurds as allies of Turkish Kurdish insurgents.

As the stalling continues, the Shiite militias, collectively known as Hashid Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Forces, announced on Friday that they are launching an offensive on Mosul in “a few days or hours.”

Militia spokesman Ahmed al-Asadi said their forces would move in the direction of Tal Afar, a neighborhood about 55km west of Mosul. Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Wednesday that Turkish troops would “take measures” if the militias attack Tal Afar.

ISIS: Quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate’, tells Muslims to stay in their countries and wage holy war

This does not bode. The Islamic State is bringing the war here and urging Muslims not to immigrate to the Islamic State but stay in their host countries and wage war there.

“We do have, every day, people reaching out and telling us they want to come to the caliphate,” said the operative, who agreed to speak to a Western journalist on the condition that his name and physical location not be revealed. “But we tell them to stay in their countries and rather wait to do something there.”

Oh and imagine tens of thousands of battle hardened jihadis scattering around the world via “migration.”

“Inside ISIS: Quietly preparing for the loss of the ‘caliphate,” By Joby Warrick and Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post,  July 12

Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, the Islamic State is quietly preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago.

In public messages and in recent actions in Syria, the group’s leaders are acknowledging the terrorist organization’s declining fortunes on the battlefield while bracing for the possibility that its remaining strongholds could fall.

At the same time, the group is vowing to press on with its recent campaign of violence, even if the terrorists themselves are driven underground. U.S. counterterrorism experts believe the mass-­casualty attacks in Istanbul and Baghdad in the past month were largely a response to military reversals in Iraq and Syria.

[Turkey and the Islamic State appear to be headed toward outright war]

Such terrorist acts are likely to continue and even intensify, at least initially, analysts say, as the group evolves from a quasi-state with territorial holdings to a shadowy and diffuse network with branches and cells on at least three continents.

Indeed, while the loss of a physical sanctuary would constitute a major blow to the Islamic State — severely limiting, for example, its ability to raise money, train recruits or plan complex terrorist operations — the group’s highly decentralized nature ensures that it will remain dangerous for some time to come, according to current and former U.S. officials and terrorism experts.

“Where al-Qaeda was hierarchical and somewhat controlled, these guys are not. They have all the energy and unpredictability of a populist movement,” said Michael Hayden, the retired Air Force general who headed the CIA from 2006 to 2009.

[ISIS’s allure increases as its territory shrinks]

Islamic State officials, in public statements and in interviews, insist that the group’s “caliphate” project remains viable while also acknowledging that military setbacks have forced a change in strategy.

“While we see our core structure in Iraq and Syria under attack, we have been able to expand and have shifted some of our command, media and wealth structure to different countries,” a longtime Islamic State operative, speaking through an Internet-based audio service, said in an interview.

“We do have, every day, people reaching out and telling us they want to come to the caliphate,” said the operative, who agreed to speak to a Western journalist on the condition that his name and physical location not be revealed. “But we tell them to stay in their countries and rather wait to do something there.”

But signs of desperation are mounting weekly inside the caliphate, which shrank by another 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, according to a report last week by IHS Inc., an analysis and consulting firm.

A series of communiques issued in the Islamic State’s Syrian enclave last month closed down Internet cafes in one province and ordered the destruction of TVs and satellite dishes in another.

The orders, billed as an effort to eliminate a tool for “disseminating infidel beliefs,” effectively cut off access to news from the outside world.
‘Without any city or land’

More signals of a coming downfall are contained in statements issued by Islamic State officials over the past six weeks, a period that saw the group’s fighters retreating across multiple fronts, from Fallujah in central Iraq to the Syrian-Turkish border.

A remarkable editorial last month in al-Naba, the Islamic State’s weekly Arabic newsletter, offered a gloomy assessment of the caliphate’s prospects, acknowledging the possibility that all its territorial holdings could ultimately be lost. Just two years ago, jihadist leaders heralded the start of a glorious new epoch in the world’s history with the establishment of their Islamic “caliphate,” which at the time encompassed most of eastern Syria and a vast swath of northern and western Iraq, a combined territory roughly the size of Great Britain.

[How ISIS tries to thwart attacks on its oil infrastructure]

The editorial, titled, “The Crusaders’ Illusions in the Age of the Caliphate,” sought to rally the group’s followers by insisting that the Islamic State would continue to survive, even if all its cities fell to the advancing “crusaders” — the separate Western- and Russian-backed forces arrayed against them.

“The crusaders and their apostate clients are under the illusion that . . . they will be able to eliminate all of the Islamic State’s provinces at once, such that it will be completely wiped out and no trace of it will be left,” the article states. In reality, the group’s foes “will not be able to eliminate it by destroying one of its cities or besieging another of them, or by killing a soldier, an emir or an imam,” it says.

The editorial asserts that the “whole world­ . . . has changed” with the creation of a theocratic enclave that has “shown all of mankind what the true Islamic state is like.”

“If they want to achieve true victory — they will not, God willing — they will have to wait a long time: until an entire generation of Muslims that was witness to the establishment of the Islamic State and the return of the caliphate . . . is wiped out.”

The same themes were repeated in an otherwise upbeat sermon by the Islamic State’s official spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, marking the start of Ramadan observances. Adnani’s missive attracted international attention because of its call for a global terrorism campaign during the Muslim holy month. But Adnani also appeared to be preparing his followers for heavy losses.

[In a deadly Ramadan, ISIS terrorism exposes the failures of others]

At one point he evoked one of the darkest chapters in the Islamic State’s history, when the group — then known as the Islamic State of Iraq — was all but destroyed in 2008 by a combination of forces, including the U.S. troop surge and the “Anbar Awakening,” a revolt against the Islamists by Sunni Arab tribes.

“Were we defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and were in the desert without any city or land? And would we be defeated and you be victorious if you were to take Mosul, Sirte or Raqqa, or even take all the cities?” asked Adnani, referring to the Islamic State’s primary strongholds in Iraq, Libya and Syria. “Certainly not!”
Echoes of an inglorious past

The group’s near-defeat in 2008 also has been cited multiple times in recent weeks in social-media accounts, suggesting to some analysts that its leaders are trying to limit the inevitable damage to the Islamic State’s reputation among jihadists as an unstoppable military and moral force.

[CIA director: ISIS not yet close to being restrained]

“They don’t want to lose territory,” said Cole Bunzel, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Near Eastern studies department who provided a translation and commentary on the al-Naba editorial in the blog Jihadica. “But they’re trying to remind people that the group has a long history and they’re going to persist, just as they did in earlier times.”

The deadly attacks against Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and Baghdad’s Karrada shopping district — both relatively easy targets for terrorists concerned only with massive numbers of civilian casualties — were probably also part of the same effort to reassure followers of the Islamic State’s vitality, said Will McCants, a Brookings Institution researcher and author of the 2015 book “ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State.”

“The successful attacks abroad are an indication of deep worry at home,” McCants said. After years of boasting of the group’s invincibility, leaders such as Adnani are beginning to acknowledge battlefield losses while attempting to depict them in the most positive light, he said. Absent from the group’s statements is any acknowledgment of strategic and tactical errors that contributed to the Islamic State’s current predicament, fighting alone against a broad array of forces that includes the major Western powers, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Russians and Kurds, McCants said.

“They’re not trying to be clever about it,” he said, “but they’re really trying to prepare their followers to cope with a ‘caliphate’ that is no longer a caliphate.”

The Islamic State operative who consented to an interview acknowledged that some of the group’s followers had become disillusioned because of mistakes by individual commanders. He said he didn’t care whether the organization’s headquarters remained in Raqqa or moved to North Africa or elsewhere — although he added that the loss of Raqqa would certainly be avenged.

“There is a message to all members of the coalition against us: We will not forget, and we will come into your countries and hit you,” he said, “one way or the other.”

European intelligence officials fear that the new phase is already underway. “They are . . . challenged as we adapt our strategy to their initial one, in order to start ‘de-sanctuarizing’ them,” said a senior French security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss counterterrorism strategy. “But they will now expand to other tactics and start executing much more insidious and covert ops, in big cities.

“The next step,” he said, “has begun.”

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ISIS fighter beheads three Peshmerga prisoners on the streets in Iraq

An ISIS militant has beheaded three prisoners in an extremely graphic ISIS video purportedly filmed in Iraq.

The harrowing footage shows the bearded ISIS fighter, thought to be of Kurdish origin, ranting to the camera and threatening Peshmerga forces and the Kurdish president Masoud Barzani.

The propaganda video comes as ISIS have suffered heavy losses north of Raqqa, with Kurdish forces gaining significant ground in Hasakah province.

A Kurdish ISIS militant has been videoed beheading three prisoners in an extremely graphic ISIS video purportedly filmed in Iraq

A Kurdish ISIS militant has been videoed beheading three prisoners in an extremely graphic ISIS video purportedly filmed in Iraq

The propaganda video comes as ISIS have suffered heavy losses north of Raqqa, with Kurdish forces gaining significant ground in Hasakah province

The propaganda video comes as ISIS have suffered heavy losses north of Raqqa, with Kurdish forces gaining significant ground in Hasakah province

A largely Kurdish group called the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed up by commando training and US-led precision air strikes, captured the town of Al-Shaddadi.

The gains with Kurdish forces come as ISIS struggles to prevent losses in northern Iraq, having already lost territory at Tikrit, Kirkuk and more recently near Baghdad at Ramadi.

The next major target in Iraq for government forces and Shiite paramilitary groups has long been thought to be the retaking of the key city of Mosul.

Questions remain how easy it will be to re-capture the stronghold, where ISIS have dug in and established significant defenses.

The next major target in Iraq for government forces and Shiite paramilitary groups has long been thought to be the retaking of the key city of Mosul.

Questions remain how easy it will be to re-capture the stronghold, where ISIS have dug in and established significant defenses.

Distressing ISIS footage shows hostage being beheaded in street
The aftermath of a supposed airstrike on ISIS vehicles is featured within the propaganda video

The aftermath of a supposed airstrike on ISIS vehicles is featured within the propaganda video

Much of the video seems to be made up of old archive footage from ISIS's battles on the frontline, interweaved with news coverage of attacks

Much of the video seems to be made up of old archive footage from ISIS’s battles on the frontline, interweaved with news coverage of attacks

The video seemingly focuses on the recent airstrikes in Syria and Iraq on ISIS territory, claiming the executions were in retaliation for the death of civilians

The video seemingly focuses on the recent airstrikes in Syria and Iraq on ISIS territory, claiming the executions were in retaliation for the death of civilians

The remaining final minutes of the video are too graphic to describe with the bearded executor murdering the three blindfolded prisoners in red jumpsuits.

The remaining final minutes of the video are too graphic to describe with the bearded executor murdering the three blindfolded prisoners in red jumpsuits.

Much of the video seems to be made up of old archive footage from ISIS’s battles on the frontline, interweaved with news coverage of attacks.

The video seemingly focuses on the recent airstrikes in Syria and Iraq on ISIS territory, claiming the executions were in retaliation for the death of civilians.

The remaining final minutes of the video are too graphic to describe  with the bearded executor murdering the three blindfolded prisoners in red jumpsuits, according to The Sun.

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BREAKING: Suicide bomb kills 29 at football stadium…


Written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor on March 25, 2016

ISIS is claiming responsibility for a fresh attack today that has killed at least 29 and injured nearly 60 others, at a football stadium south of Baghdad.

Via Fox News:

BREAKING: In the latest terror attack linked to the Islamic State, at least 29 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a football stadium south of Baghdad Friday, Iraqi security officials told The Associated Press.

Nearly 60 other people were reported hurt.

Fox News has learned ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. The terror group also said it was behind the bombings in Belgium Tuesday, which killed 31 people and wounded 270 others.

Security officials tell the AP Friday’s bombing took place during a match in the small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from Baghdad. Medical officials confirmed the death toll.

Even as the Pentagon announced U.S. Special Operations forces have killed ISIS’ second-in-command, ISIS continues on its roll.

It was just three days ago that the radical Islamic group murdered at least 30 and injured 300 in multiple attacks in Brussels. And just last night, French authorities arrested someone involved in an “advanced stage” terror plot. It appears all but certain that more attacks are in the works — the question is where and when. The group warned earlier this week, “What will be coming is worse.”

As Col. West wrote earlier, while taking out ISIS’ #2 guy earlier is good news, it’s not enough.

The global Islamic jihad isn’t just about killing one fella here and there – it’s about delegitimizing a vile and savage ideology. And it’s kinda hard to do that while you’re doing the wave at a baseball game with a communist dictator or supposedly acting suave doing the tango.

Each attack reinforces what most of us already realize: time is of the essence, both to save lives and stop this growing force before it’s too late.

Still Report #721 – Trump Meets with Sen. Cotton

Published on Mar 21, 2016

Donald Trump will be meeting with one Senator in particular today – a possible Vice Presidential pick, Tom Cotton, the junior Senator from Arkansas.
Cotton, aged 38, is the youngest sitting U.S. Senator. He is a Harvard Law graduate and known to be a no-nonsense, hard-working rising conservative with little appetite for frivolity.
In Sept. 2014, the Atlantic did a story on him entitled, “The Making of a Conservative Superstar.”
“From the time he was a teenager, Cotton has been nurtured and groomed by conservative institutions—scholars, think tanks, media, and advocacy groups—to be the face of their political crusade. Pure, upright, and ideologically correct, he is their seemingly flawless mascot.”
At Harvard, Cotton was a diligent student, graduating in only three years. He sought out the few conservatives on the faculty, one of whom was Harvey Mansfield. The New York Times once called Mansfield the person who had:
“… quietly shaped the thinking of a generation of conservative writers, academics and public figures.”
Mansfield told The Atlantic that Tom Cotton:
“… was very smart, but not a future professor – a man of action. He was always very political, wanting to be engaged.”
After graduation from Harvard, Cotton wanted to join the military, but had student loans to pay off. He worked in a Washington law firm until he joined the army in January, 2005.
He was offered a direct commission as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s office – a typical rank for someone with his education, but Cotton chose to enter as an enlisted man, instead. In March, he was sent to Officer candidate school, followed by Army Airborne School as well as Ranger School and Air Assault School.
In May 2006, Cotton was deployed to Baghdad as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne, where he led a 41-man air assault infantry platoon and planned and performed daily combat patrols.
In Oct. 2008, Cotton deployed to Afghanistan after being promoted to 1st Lieutenant. In Sept. 2009, Cotton left the army and returned to help his parents on the family cattle ranch in Arkansas.
In 2011, when the Democrat congressman from his home district in Arkansas retired, Cotton ran for the seat and won. As a freshman, Politico named Cotton, “Most Likely to Succeed.”
After one term in the House of Representatives, Cotton started eyeing a run against incumbent Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor after Roll Call called Pryor the most vulnerable Senator seeking re-election.
Mitt Romney campaigned for Cotton in Arkansas and Cotton crushed Pryor in a general election landslide, 56.5% to 40.
Cotton was sworn into the Senate on January 6 – a little over a year ago.
Two months later, Cotton was leading the charge against the Iranian Nuke deal. Cotton wrote a letter to the leadership of Iran, signed by 47 of the Senate’s 54 Republicans, saying that Obama had no authority to negotiate the ongoing nuke deal.
Obama lashed out at Cotton’s letter:
“I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah — the Supreme Leader of Iran, who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is: don’t deal with our President, ’cause you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement… That’s close to unprecedented.”
Cotton responded in an interview on MSNBC:
“There are nothing but hardliners in Iran. They’ve been killing Americans for 35 years…. Now they control five capitals in the Middle East. … and if they do all those things without a nuclear weapon, imagine what they’ll do with a nuclear weapon.”
As a result of Cotton’s hard-line stance against Iran, he is strongly supported by the Israel lobby in the U.S. Even Bill Kristol’s “The Emergency Committee for Israel” supports Sen. Cotton.
I’m Still reporting from Washington. Good day.

John Sparks

If I remember correctly, he was one of the estab that came together to defeat Trump. I have my doubts because of that discretion.