Tom Cotton on the Guantanamo Terrorists Who Can 'Rot in Hell'

The GOP's great hawk hope finds his viral video mojo.

on November 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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The political career of Tom Cotton began when he tried to publish a letter in the New York Times. It was 2006, and the newspaper had just run an exclusive story on a government program that tracked terrorist financing. Cotton, not yet 30, was serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. He started with a wry apology for "not writing sooner," then lit the blowtorch.

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