March 3, 2014
Conveniently, the US Military just opened a base in Romania, on the Black Sea, in close proximity to the Ukraine. Of course, this has nothing to do with the escalating tensions in that former Soviet Republic – it is just a place to move tens of thousands of troops leaving Afghanistan.
Back in late December, the USM started expanding a small installation there, allowing it to compensate a massive influx of personnel. On February 28, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the new facilities were officially opened.
The base, “Mihail Kogalniceanu,” which is alleged to have been used for the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, is situated close to the Black Sea. US General John O’Conner, who is responsible for logistical affairs, said that the base will operate as a center for transportation of US forces.
At the inagural ceremony, the General added that 20,000 to 30,000 troops will soon be transferred there from Afghanistan.
Based on evidences, the US intends to pull out the majority of its forces from Afghanistan, especially since the Washington-Kabul security pact is yet to be signed and Barack Obama has said that he will pull out all of US troopers from Afghanistan in case of continued refusal of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, to sign the bilateral security agreement. Meanwhile, given that there was a need for a military base en route Europe for pull out of US forces from Afghanistan, the US administration persuaded the Romanian government to open a new base in this country. The US, in addition to this military base in Romania, has started the construction of another military base in this East European country to deploy the US and NATO anti-missile system. This second military base in Romania will become operational by the end of 2015. In fact, the US will invest $134 million in this base. This military base will remain under the command of Romania and will host a total of 500 soldiers, including 200 US troopers.
Romania is one of the East European countries which have joined NATO. This country in addition to other East European countries, especially Bulgaria and Poland, are interested in developing military relations with the US, which is seemingly due to two reasons. Firstly, the historical fear of these countries from Russia has led them to join NATO and to make efforts to establish military relations with the US, as NATO’s main member state. Secondly, it seems that countries such as Romania hope to benefit from the US foreign military assistance in return for handing over military bases to the US.
While the US, in current juncture in time, uses its new military base for transportation of troopers to Europe, it will certainly consider new applications for this base following the completion of this mission. The important point is the geographical position of this military base in Romania, which is situated next to the Black Sea and therefore leads to US planes’ and military forces’ access to this sea. Romania is the neighboring country of Ukraine, and the Crimean Peninsula is not far from the Romanian coastlines.
This clearly indicates that the US is making preparations for a possible open conflict with Russia. These are not invasion numbers, but they are sufficient for sending in troops to support the terrorist regime in Kiev.