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Mike Pompeo and the Beast From the East

When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled for an official visit to Poland a week ago, the Poles were celebrating a centennial of their victory over the Soviet Union.

Pompeo probably did know that there was a strong American connection, even a Hollywood one. In 1933 Merian C. Cooper produced his smash hit King Kong to tell America about the Beast from the East who seduced a gullible maiden of the West, went rampant at her home turf, but gallant pilots rode to the rescue and the monster ape crashed to his death.

Cooper, in fact, narrated a recent history: the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-1921, the only time in history when the Red Army was trounced in the field, the Kremlin lost a war, and the Communists sued for peace.