Saturday, April 15, 2006

Oh Yeah. We're Staying In Iraq

This embassy sounds like a military outpost.

Update: I went searching. Guess who the company awarded the work sub-contracts for. Yep, Halliburton.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq's turbulent future.


The embassy complex — 21 buildings on 104 acres [not a typo], according to a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report — is taking shape on riverside parkland in the fortified "Green Zone," just east of al-Samoud, a former palace of Saddam Hussein's, and across the road from the building where the ex-dictator is now on trial.


"The presence of a massive U.S. embassy — by far the largest in the world [10 times larger than average] — co-located in the Green Zone with the Iraqi government is seen by Iraqis as an indication of who actually exercises power in their country," the International Crisis Group, a European-based research group, said in one of its periodic reports on Iraq.

No shit! Bushco is so fucking blatant it boggles the mind. And get this. Bushco essentially stole the land the embassy will sit on.
Iraq's interim government transferred the land to U.S. ownership in October 2004, under an agreement whose terms were not disclosed.

Yes, the interim government installed by Bushco generously supplied the land. Kinda makes you proud of these guys, right?


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