Should Tom Cotton face senatorial censure or should he resign? | The Tylt
Should Tom Cotton face senatorial censure or should he resign?
As an individual senator, Cotton knows that he cannot command the military to do anything. As a former member of the 101st Airborne, and veteran who attained the rank of captain, he is well aware that "no quarter" means to kill and take no prisoners. Ordering military to to give "no quarter" to civilians is considered a war crime under the 1907 Hague Convention. Sen. Cotton is essentially calling for US troops to commit war crimes against their fellow Americans. Cotton says that "no quarter" simply means to be relentless in opposition. However it is meant, this is unacceptable vitriol from a senator.
Sen. Cotton should be formally reprimanded via formal senatorial censure. While this does not remove him from office, it would show that a majority of his colleagues strongly disapprove of his rhetoric.
As a public servant and veteran, it's reprehensible for him to call on the Armed Forces to use lethal force against American citizens. Such a person should not continue to draw a paycheck from taxpayers. He should shut up and go home.