The idea of a President John McCain hasn’t been thought of for a long time, but Soviet-born chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov was much more impressed with McCain’s statement on #MH17 today than President Obama’s tepid statement on the developing situation in Ukraine.

In that statement, McCain wrote that “now is the time to provide Ukraine with the weapons and other military assistance they have requested and require to defeat the separatist groups and secure their country – assistance that, had we provided it earlier, might have enabled Ukrainian forces to succeed in this effort by now and thereby prevented last week’s tragedy.”

Maybe Russians and Ukrainians see things differently, but that’s awfully hard to believe from an American perspective.