U.S. Plan for Iraq: Build bigger castles than Saddam
February 12, 2007 by William K. Wolfrum
This broke about a year ago, but with shocking events happening by the moment, it may have slipped by, and could use another look. After all, if you’re American, it is your money.
Seems the PNAC crowd, in its efforts to bring democracy to the region, figured that democracy would really flourish with a $592-million embassy stuck in Baghdad.
THE question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?
Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call “George W’s palace” rising from the banks of the Tigris.
In the pavement cafés, people moan that the structure is bigger than anything Saddam Hussein built. They are not impressed by the architects’ claims that the diplomatic outpost will be visible from space and cover an area that is larger than the Vatican city and big enough to accommodate four Millennium Domes. They are more interested in knowing whether the US State Department paid for the prime real estate or simply took it.
It’s a huge complex, six times bigger than the U.N. compound in New York. And like most U.S. operations, it’s cloaked in secrecy. However, insiders, outsiders, and even those in medically induced comas can agree – it’ll come in really handy when the U.S. attacks Iran.