Senator John Cornyn does the usual Bolivia-Bulgaria and Austria-Australia foreign country transpositions one better:

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

It might be somewhat less embarrassing if Cornyn weren't founder and co-chairman of the Senate India Caucus.

--Christopher Orr