- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas claimed his political opponent Tom Cotton, a veteran of the 101st Airborne who did tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, has a sense of entitlement from his military service. "I think it’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off — almost as like ‘I served my country, therefore elect me to the Senate," Pryor reportedly said.
This is just bizarre, especially coming from someone who basically inherited his Senate seat from his father, David Pryor, who was a member of the Senate for 18 years.
It made me think of that old Creedence Clearwater Revival song, "Fortunate Son":
Meanwhile, in other Capitol Hill news, Congress is beginning to question the direction the CIA has taken over the last decade. Better late than never, I suppose.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |