Tom Cotton: Hostage Deal Puts Americans in More Danger
COTTON: "I spent several months patrolling Al Dora district in Baghdad in 2006 with the 101st Airborne. It's a tough neighborhood. There's a lot of militias operating there, including a lot of Shiite militias, which are backed by Iran. And it may not be coincidental that three Americans have gone missing in Baghdad just two days after President Obama cut a hostage deal with Iran that showed the world that there is a price on the head of Americans in every country in the world, especially country where Iran dominates. That's one reason why this hostage deal was so bad."
BLITZER: "I want to talk about that in a moment. But what you're suggesting is maybe this was an Iranian-backed initiative to take these three Americans?"
COTTON: "We don't know that yet, Wolf. The coming days will probably play it out and we will see. But Iran does dominate many of the militias that are very large and influential in Baghdad and we just paid a huge price to get back hostages from Iran. And Iran still has at least two more Americans held hostage. Maybe more. We have taught Iran's leaders and the world a very bad lesson, that there is a price on the head of Americans to be held hostage. And even if these three Americans weren't taken hostage by Iranian-backed militias, it's a more dangerous world for all Americans all around the world today."