Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia's border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with "all necessary measures" to any future incidents.Note the sentence structure. Reuters acknowledges that the USA STRONG destroyer WAS SAILING CLOSE TO RUSSIA'S BORDER.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute pressed Russia about the incident, warning it had been dangerous. The United States has said the guided missile destroyer USS Cook was on routine business near Poland when it was harassed by Russian jets.Routine business. Cute. What is routine business for a missile-bearing destroyer? Cooking, like its name implies? Delivering pizzas? Fishing? Whale-watching? Entertaining tourists? Spying? NO. Routine business for a destroyer is CARRYING MISSILES UP TO THE SHORE OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND THREATENING THEM WITH DESTRUCTION. Routine business is MAKING WAR.
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.