Firebrand Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain used a dictionary before his most recent press conference. “Before coming here, I looked at a definition for the word invasion,” McCain said in Kyiv on a visit. “It is as follows: ‘an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place … an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain.” No, he wasn’t talking about what happened in The Fappening.
McCain was addressing what Putin is doing in Ukraine, and he wanted to make sure he was using the right word. He’s convinced he is: Russia has invaded Ukraine, as far as McCain is concerned. Now McCain would like to hear President Obama say the word. The White House is using “incursion” and other synonyms to describe the national boundary breach that has seen Russian military forces in Ukraine territory. The administration hasn’t used the word “invasion.” McCain is implying that it’s either because they don’t have a dictionary at the White House–or they’re afraid of what saying “invasion” will mean.