Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) wants to keep the republic safe from its enemies — and, apparently, its allies.
In an interview posted briefly on YouTube, the chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee [via Talking Points Memo and Joshua Kucera] threw the nuke-armed US ally into the basket of bad buys the US might have to deploy the F-22 fighter against.
Like many Senators of both parties, Cornyn supported extension of the program, even if Bob Gates, W and Obama think its too expensive with limited 21st Century utility:
"It’s important to our national security because we’re not just fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," Cornyn says. "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."
I have an email into Cornyn’s office to clarify. I’m guessing he meant to say China, because it was omitted from his list.
[UPDATE: It was a verbal typo… Cornyn was tired and did, indeed, mean to say China, according to his spokesman — which is why they took the video down. Plus he’s actually a founder of the India caucus.]
Still, it’s hard to detect inflection because someone yanked it from YouTube shortly after it popped up on TPM.
The perpetrator seems to have been someone in his employ — since the clip was part of an in-house interview package that includes a Cornyn soliloquy on being appointed to the agriculture committee.