The U.S. is shifting significant resources away from Germany and into Eastern
Europe. In other words, away from the scrutiny of Western Europe and into the
less frequented backwaters of Romania and now, Bulgaria. Human rights issues will
be less pressing, cost of living cheaper and the bases will be a little closer
to both Russia and the Middle East for all of your bombing needs.
This fits in with the U.S. needing to downsize its troop commitments overseas
as the empire hits overstretch and, as fuel prices increase, like a British
hospital, the U.S. military is starting to seek “efficiency savings”
wherever it can. Some might say that this intensified exploitation of the imperial
periphery is a sign of impending decline or collapse.
It also fits in with the dirty “war on/for terror,” which necessitates
“warehouses” out of the way for beatings and assorted torture, as
well as handy airbases. It seems, however, that the U.S. are now trying to fight
this sordid war on the cheap.
[Posted By Szamko]
Republished from Jang.com
Thousands of troops set for redeployment in Eastern
SOFIA: Bulgaria and the United States have reached agreement on setting up U.S.
military bases in the former communist country, the Bulgarian negotiator and
U.S. ambassador said on Friday. Washington and Sofia “have reached a cooperation
agreement on the possibility of using certain military sites,” negotiator
Lubomir Ivanov told a press conference.
The sites are to be the Novo Selo training base near Sliven in the east, the
air bases of Bezmer near Yambol in the southeast and Graf Ignatievo near Plovdiv
in the south and a warehouse near Aitos in the east, U.S. ambassador John Beyrle
The agreement will be signed when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits
Sofia at the end of April for a Nato conference, Ivanov said. The Bulgarian
parliament will have to give its approval each time the bases are used for an
attack on a third country, Defence Minister Veselin Bliznakov said, according
to press reports.
The facilities are part of Washington’s wider strategy to shift troops
from locations in western Europe further east to improve their reactivity to
ongoing conflicts and potential trouble in the Middle East. Last December the
United States signed a similar deal with Bulgaria’s northern neighbour
The Pentagon has announced plans to re-deploy between 60,000 and 70,000 men
from Germany and South Korea in the next 10 years to new bases in eastern Europe,
particularly in Romania and Bulgaria.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said the United States has no intention
of establishing big bases in Eastern Europe like those it has maintained in
Germany since the end of World War II.