It’s generally assumed that NATO member nations are going to import their weapons from NATO arms dealers, which pretty much always means the United States, with a few small deals for Britain and France. Turkey however, is going a different way on air defense, signing a deal to buy a $2.5 billion S-400 system from Russia. The deal means Turkey’s new air defense system won’t be compatible with the rest of the alliance for the purposes of integration, though the S-400 is widely considered among the most advanced in the world. Russia will directly provide two S-400 batteries on the deal, and will also produce two more batteries within Turkey in the future.This is more concrete and permanent than Erdogan's verbal mood swings. Our empire is inspired by neocon lunatics and maintained in Congress by defense contractors. Switching away from US defense contractors is a serious declaration of independence, just as switching away from British merchants was a big part of the US declaration. Most interesting is the "local content" section of the contract. Russia never moved away from REAL VALUE ECONOMICS. Providing jobs and skills for Turks is another form of defense and alliance. The Soviet system was all about REAL VALUE, and despite the efforts of Soros and Jeffrey Sachs in the '90s, Russia maintained REAL VALUE economics and REAL VALUE culture. That's why we hate it.
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.