On December 6, U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice signed a new agreement with the government of Romania allowing Washington to use two bases: the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base on the Black Sea and the Babadag training range farther north. The map above shows their advantage over the former Cold War-era bases in Central Europe for positioning U.S. occupation troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of interest to U.S. imperialism. U.S. troops will be rotated quickly in and out of the Romanian bases, alleviating the need for extensive base housing, movie theaters, PXs and car washes associated with more conventional bases in Germany, the Army Times reported. A similar pact with the government of Bulgaria is expected in March.
Front page (for this issue) |