John McCain: Georgia-Russia Is the First International Crisis Since the End of the Cold War

John McCain looks back wistfully, and skips nearly 20 years of history.

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I saw on CNN Thursday that John McCain described the Georgia-Russia situation thusly:

"My friends, we have reached a crisis, the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War."

Huh? So...I guess the first Gulf War was not a crisis. And 9/11? Was that not an international crisis? And of course the 2003 Iraq invasion was not so much prompted by "crisis" as—what?—boredom? McCain has heretofore described the threat of Islamic extremists as "the transcendent challenge of the 21st century." Perhaps such a threat is too large to be encompassed by "crisis." Or maybe it has been, ahem, transcended by the possible return of that first foreign policy love, the Cold War.

But I'm probably overthinking McCain's comment by assuming it represents, well, thinking. After all, it comes from the same guy who said, presumably with a straight face, that in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations.