Guess the wars are on my mind today – all this deficit talk without any talk of wars is disgraceful. So I decided to check in and see how things are going with our new Embassy in Baghdad.
Did you know:
- It’s the largest and most expensive embassy in the world
- It’s two and a half times the size of Vatican City
- It’s budgeted at $6.2 billion
- The embassy complex comprises 21 buildings on a 104 acre (42 ha) site (Disneyland is 85 acres).
- A Kuwaiti company got the contract to build it
- Six apartment buildings for employees
- Water and waste treatment facilities
- A power station
- Two “major diplomatic office buildings”
- Recreation, including a gym, cinema, and a swimming pool
The complex is heavily fortified, even by the standards of the Green Zone. The details are largely secret, but it is likely to include a significant US Marine Security Guard detachment. Fortifications include deep security perimeters, buildings reinforced beyond the usual standard, and five highly guarded entrances.
Your basic small city. Embassy my ass. We’re never leaving Iraq.
And let us not forget the 800 or so military bases we have across the world which cost us about $102 billion yearly.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.