The Warmongerer’s Tale

If the West does nothing with the annexation of Crimea, it is quite possible that Odessa and, probably, Romania will be occupied next!

The December 1, 2018 Parade in 3 GIFs

Instead of writing a lengthy piece about the bizarre military parade held in Bucharest on December 1, 2018, I thought I’d just show you what I saw. Note: All the images were taken from TVR’s live coverage of the event. I sure hope he didn’t bang his eye against the scope! Nothing says “peaceful democracy”…

Happy Romania Day

I have to be honest. Today doesn’t feel much like a celebration to me anymore. It used to. December 1 was Romania’s “National Day” (Ziua națională a României), the equivalent to November 30 in Scotland or July 4 in the United States. Time to wave the flag, enjoy a day off from school or work,…

Davai Ceas, Davai Palton

In case you’re wondering how Klaus Iohannis spent July 4, 2017, it was on stage with the American ambassador and a squad of US Marines, saying things like this. My translation: In terms of the military nature relationship, which is excellent, as well as our relationship with NATO, the United States is the primary guarantor…

Romania Gets 30 More Military Drones

And America makes even more money from the Romanian taxpayer: The aircraft were delivered via the US Foreign Military Sales programme, which also includes the company’s Dragon View combined electro-optical/infrared stabilised camera, a ground control system, spares and ground support equipment. Romania also operates a variant of the Textron Unmanned Systems RQ-2 Pioneer UAV –…

Stinger

On Sunday (December 1- Romania’s National Day) I had a chance to do something I’ve never done before, which was to see the big “parade” here in town. I say “parade” with quote marks because it is nothing like any parade I’m used to back in America (or in other countries such as Spain and…

What’s it good for?

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…