WOW. And I thought that *I* had a bad habit of stepping on my own crank…

Sir, I think the real Borat here is me.  It takes special “skill” to insult an entire country with only four words.  I should have realized that certain types of journalists might take those comments and run with the opportunity to spin, yet I simply had no idea that apparently huge amounts of Lithuanians are reading my work.

Apparently Michael Yon has come face to face with the term “cultural disconnect.”  I got caught in this myself once, sending correspondence to a minor cultural minister in Moscow… the equivalent to a minor college dean in the US.  What I missed at the time is that, in Moscow’s hierarchy-conscious society, such a position made her a “Grande Dame” in full-on 19th-century style.  (And yes, “Herr Doktor Professor” is still taken seriously and gets friday night reservations easier in some parts of Austria, too.)

Fortunately, the guy I was working for had, oh, a LOT of experience with Russians, and was able to smooth it over without TOO many feathers being ruffled.

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