Kerry, on his first trip to China as secretary of State, described what he called an “unprecedented joint statement” calling for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, although it appears to have been a verbal statement and not a formal communiqué.Probably not a real change in China's attitude; they've been growing impatient with Kim 3 anyway. Still, the "joint appearance" is an important change in symbolism. This is how allies behave. It helps to have a President with a less neocon mindset than the previous four... (i.e. less Exceptionalism and Moral Imperialism, less obedience to Israel, more attention to real national interest.) And it helps even more when the Secy of State shares the non-neocon mindset. Hillary is solid neocon, and she wasn't getting things done.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.