Cornyn Slams Obama Admin’s ‘Tendency Toward Political Correctness’ on Terrorism


Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the War on Terror in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, saying that his administration puts more effort into being politically correct than developing realistic strategies for victory.

Cornyn, the second most powerful Republican in the Senate, began the segment telling host Bob Schieffer that while he was glad to hear Obama say that he was willing to work with the new Republican majority in the Senate, “his actions seem to defy that.” Cornyn specifically targeted Obama’s “unconstitutional executive action,” saying that it was “not something we’re going to take lying down … it’s something we’re obligated to respond to.”

He also voiced support for the House bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security but deny funding for Obama’s executive action, a strategy described by Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) in an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas late last month.

When Schieffer asked Cornyn if the Obama administration was “doing enough to combat terrorism right now,” Cornyn responded that not only is the United States still engaged in a War on Terror, despite the administration’s reluctance to use that term, but the threats are “arguably greater than they have been in the past.”

“I do think there is a tendency toward political correctness on the part of the administration,” Cornyn continued, citing as examples their use of the terms “workplace violence” to describe Major Nidal Hasan’s attack at Fort Hood, or “overseas contingency operations” to describe the War on Terror.

“We need to call it what it is,” said Cornyn, “because that’s the first step to actually dealing with it on a realistic basis.”

Cornyn also expressed hope that there was enough bipartisan support for the Keystone XL Pipeline that they would be able to override Obama’s threatened veto of the House bill.

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