Empire and consistency don't always mix when Empire is particularly annoyed at being one-upped.
This insight was delivered from somebody anonymous in an anonymous Washington office commenting on current developments in Ukraine.
Very few murmurs of protest emerged from the White House or The New York Times or The Washington Post when Victoria Nuland and Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt were orchestrating from behind the scenes to help send Yanukovich fleeing.
This action would not be "invasive" or "contrary to international law" or even "jumping the gun" since elections which could have replaced Yanukovich were scheduled for May 014 anyway.
Further, the role of gunplay and deaths in that premature haste to rid Ukraine of its president has by no means been clarified at this time.
The people of east and south Ukraine are thus unclear and disturbed over the legitimacy of the Kiev government.
Yet the West booms an angry voice when Crimea holds an actual referendum with countable votes on the will of the people who live there.
The hollowness in this outrage over a citizenry's vote in Crimea is reverberating across the globe the day after.
According to a representative for Senator McCain he's planning to suggest a day of "ripostes and new language fusillades" to show the Russians "reality."
On the weekend, for example, Mr. McCain vigorously stated that "Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country."
He added that for a proper response the US needs to "reassess" relations with Mr. Putin, who is "intent on restoring the old Russian empire."
His spokesperson clarified this reference to empire does not mean America is competing with Russia at empire-building.
He added, "No. The US is not interested in empire, only in regime change when necessary, to assist democracy and trade relations."
But Mr. McCain's "masquerading" comment has led immediately to a world contest on a similar theme.
That is, participants are invited to use a "Senator McCain is a (fill in the blank) masquerading as a senator" formula for the contest.
Contest organizers report entries are pouring in, with the following as a sample of first responders:
*"Senator McCain is a senator masquerading as a senator."
*"Senator McCain is NOT masquerading as a senator, he IS a senator!"
*"Senator McCain is a vellum goatskin of intestinal gases masquerading as a senator."
*"Senator McCain is a noble old warrior of the warrior class always eager to be a warrior masquerading as a senator."
*"Senator McCain is a cheese-soaked bandana wrapped around the forebrain of an old buffalo lost in the desert masquerading as a senator."
All responses will be carefully considered, with a lively (nearly overwhelming) response so far. Further results forthcoming within a few days.