July 8, 2012
Yesterday the Romanian parliament and its prime minister, Victor Ponta, voted to remove President Traian Băsescu from office. It is the second attempt to remove Băsescu in five years, as he survived another attempt in 2007 by winning a public referendum on the question of his removal. The Romanian political system is roughly similar to that of the US and France, in that the president has real governing power rather than simply ceremonial duties.
Băsescu has crossed the US government on a couple of issues, including his refusal to recognize the independence of Kosovo and his decision to pull Romanian troops out of Afghanistan in 2009. One fiercely hostile article about Băsescu in the Romanian press suggests that he has been incompetent in his attempted sell-outs to the US, bungling his role as promoter of US-sponsored color revolutions and “contributor to the failed attempts of the former Bush administration to open the Black Sea to the oil-related interests and aircraft carriers of the U.S.”
Strangely…or not…Băsescu’s chief rival in government, Prime Minister Ponta, held a press conference today at which he announced that his new “special adviser on security and economic strategy matters” would be none other than retired US General Wesley Clark (!!!), who had a rather different view of the Kosovo situation.
Interestingly enough, as a Romanian publication reports about the seemingly strange new partnership between Clark and Ponta:
Currently Clark is on the board of directors at BNK Petroleum, an oil company of which George Soros acquired a 20 percent stake through his investment fund Quantum Partners LP. While serving as a NATO commander during the conflict in Kosovo, Clark hit the headlines when the commander of the British forces disobeyed his order to open fire on Russian forces massed in front of Pristina. “I am not going to start World War III,” said the British commander. Wesley Clark was removed from the NATO command before the end of his mandate.
According to a Google translation of a Romanian language article, “The prime minister said on Thursday with his new counsel had a first date and a first discussion ‘on issues about Romania’s potential investment in the energy and agricultural area.’”
What is happening in Romania? Once again in the former East, George Soros appears to be coming out on top.