We’ve Always Been at War With… Line, Please

Poor John Cornyn. It’s tough to keep track of all the people we may have to murder indiscriminately.

A key US Senator who has extensively supported India, including the passage of the nuclear deal, stunned his Indian and Indian-American supporters this weekend when he identified India as a US national security threat and clubbed it with North Korea and Iran, while arguing for continuing the F-22 fighter jet programme, which would keep up to 100,000 jobs going in the US.

”It (the F-22 program) is important to our national security because we’re not just fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Texas’ Republican Senator John Cornyn said in a TV interview. “We’re fighting – we have graver threats and greater threats than that: From a rising India, with increased exercise of their military power; Russia; Iran, that’s threatening to build a nuclear weapon; with North Korea, shooting intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of hitting American soil.”

Turns out the Senator had a ‘slip of the tongue.’

”Senator Cornyn misspoke saying ‘India’ when he meant to say ‘China.’ As Founder and Co-chairman of the Senate India Caucus, no Senator has greater respect or admiration for India or values our relationship with them more. Sen. Cornyn regrets the mistake and apologizes for any misunderstanding this may have caused,” his spokesman Kevin McLaughlin clarified after the remarks were brought to his notice.

Well, let’s not be so hasty. After we go to war with China (yes, that really was the soothing clarification), we’ll have to stop the Indians from supplying the insurgents across the border.

23 thoughts on “We’ve Always Been at War With… Line, Please”

  1. This would be funny – if it wasn't so potentially dangerous. Funny how the usual suspects – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and now seemingly India (?) are always "threats" to America but never to Canada or Mexico. These countries only REAL "crime" of course is that they will not accept American hegemony and bow down to washington's dictates.

  2. I despair that the people of this country will never throw these warmongers out of Congress. We can only hope the U.S. corporatist/militarist empire collapses soon, before even more violence is done "in the name of truth, justice, and the American way."

  3. There was the court jester who pinched the King on the butt. He then apologized to the shocked king by saying that he made a mistake and had thought he was pinching the Queen's butt.

    Sometimes the excuse is worse than the original misdeed.

  4. Slip of the tongue ? Certainly not; war at all levels ,against everyone ,including people in the US, has always been the policy of Amerika. A quick look at the History of the rogue State would easily convince even the most sceptical .

  5. America is a military society. Americans revere the martial spirit of military culture. You cannot expect America to change its character, let alone its spots.

    1. What you say is sadly true. In my posts on this site and elsewhere I am often deliberately disrespectful of what Americans are wrongly encouraged to identify with as part of their country, culture and heritage. This is especially true with the glorification of the armed services. Why do we have to have an ear-splitting nerve-shattering flyover of military jets at baseball games? Why do we call the soldiers in Iraq "heroes"? They are agents of an invasion force. An illegal invasion waged under false pretences. Why do we feel at memorial day that those who died were lost in a noble cause when the true lesson is that they died in wars that could have been avoided.

  6. In reality, India is as much a threat as China. Not much of a threat, but they are building up their military. They launched their first nuclear sub yesterday, according to BBC World Service. Hopefully, the US will continue to be friendly with India, instead of picking a fight, but any enemy in a defense budget storm, I suppose.

    1. Why do you say India is a threat? How so? India lies oceans and continents away from America. Why would India seek a quarrel with America? What for? Why is China a threat? Is an armada of Chinese junks going to sail 12,000 miles across the Pacific and storm the shores of Oregon? If the USA had a reasonable (I.E. non-hegemonist) foreign policy it would have no legitimate quarrel with either state.

      1. perhaps developing intercontinental ballistic missiles and stockpiling nuclear weapons…

        perhaps we should stop arming countries we see as proxies until we see them as enemies…iraq any one..or . the taliban… pakistan….

        1. Hasn't the USA been developing and stockpiling N.W.'s for decades? How come it is "okay" for America to have them but when other countries acquire them they are a "threat"? Do you really think America would have bombed Serbia for 78 days if Serbia had had N.W.'s to defend themselves with?

          I was replying to his views on india and China, but since you brought it up, Iraq was NEVER a threat to America and I consider our attack of that country a war crime on the scale of Nazi Germany's attack on Poland in 1939. As for the Taliban they did NOT attack America on 9/11 and probably never would have come to power without American support.

  7. Slip o' the tongue though it might have been, I'm strongly inclined to believe that Cornyn, like most Amoricons, probably couldn't locate either China or India on a world map or globe even if someone held a loaded revolver to his temple and made his life dependent on doing so, nor could he describe even cursorily their foreign or military policies that he believes make them "threats" to the United States (not to be confused with "threats" to the Empire). Couple this with the fact that both countries are inhabited by "ferners" of different skin tone and tongue than Cornyn and his compatriots, "ferners" who won't bow and scrape to the imperial juggernaut that Cornyn represents, and you have a perfect snapshot of the mindset that dominates 21st century descendant of the fifth century Roman Senate, particularly where "foreign policy" is concerned.

  8. No wonder our nation is in debt up to its eyeballs! We keep having to invent imaginary threats to fill the coffers of the wealthy weapons manufacturers.

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