When did India join the litany of countries neo-cons want to go to war against? Not only join the litany, but head the list? Here’s the actual quote:
“It’s important to our national security because we’re not just fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 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.”
UPDATE: The Senator has apologized. He meant “China.” Let him who has never flubbed cast the first stone.
ANOTHER UPDATE AFTER THINKING ABOUT IT FOR 24 HOURS: Saying that China represents “a greater threat” and “a graver threat” than real wars going on right this minute in Iraq and Afghanistan is itself a little nutty, maybe just as nutty as India. Especially when one stops to consider (as a United States Senator ought to) that China owns a very large chunk of our debt, so that essentially the “threat” would be to its ownÂ finanialÂ stability.