Saturday, August 04, 2018

Today -100: August 4, 1918: Of interventions, booty, the draft, statues, and invitations


Woodrow Wilson finally decides to send troops to Russia (as does Japan). But he reassures Russia that his intention is not to interfere with its political sovereignty, which might be more reassuring if he had ever recognized the current government of Russia or if it wasn’t an obvious lie.

Headline of the Day -100: 


The Wilson administration wants the draft age extended to all men 18 to 45 from its current range of 21-31.

Germany has been melting down statues to make ammunition, but not those of any Hohenzollern.

King Alfonso of Spain is offering to host the former tsarina Alexandra of Russia and her remaining family as castleguests. Except they’re already dead.


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