One of the enduring questions that we will probably never know the answer to is: what was the extent of the CIA’s involvement in the 1989 Revolution? Effectively, there are three theories as to how the FSN formed: It was a CIA plot. It was a KGB plot. Ion Iliescu was the right scumbag at the right place at the right time. Again, short of … Continue reading The Curious Case of Harold James Nicholson
Well, well, what do you know? The AP is up to its usual shitty job of reporting about Romania: The CIA paid Romania “millions of dollars” to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. . Amrit … Continue reading Implausible Deniability Part 2
I think just about everyone knows the general outline of the events (in Europe) of World War 2. A strident Adolf Hitler leads Nazi Germany to expand into Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia and then invades Poland in 1939. This triggers Britain and France to enter the war. The Nazis and their allies in Italy sweep over the entirety of the European continent before attacking … Continue reading The Secret History of the CIA in Romania
I saw with only a modicum of surprise that Romania signed the papers to buy 12 F-16 fighter planes from Portugal the other day for a cost of 638 million euros. This plan has been in the works forever as the United States has been pressuring Bucharest hard for years to buy these planes and move away from their current inventory of Mig-21 Lancers. In … Continue reading What’s it good for?
I’m not going to write continuously about Wikileaks and politics on this blog so this will be my last piece for the moment. But I do have a few additional things to add here, as last night I realized I’m coming at this from a far different perspective than most of my readers, Romanian or not. First you have to understand how much I hate … Continue reading Foggy Bottom Blues