posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 07:40 AM
WASHINGTON, Jan 30: The United States has selected a spot in Baghdad's top security Green zone and will spend more than $1.5 billion to build a new,
fortress like embassy in the Iraqi capital, the State Department said.
The present embassy is located in temporary facilities and was not intended for a long-term use. The $1.5 billion will come out of the $80 billion
supplemental budget that President Bush sought for Iraq last week.
It is unclear when the new complex will be ready. The US embassy in Iraq is the most expensive of the more than 250 missions Washington maintains
abroad. In addition to the main headquarters in Baghdad, the US will also build four regional offices, or consulates, in various cities around
The role of the US embassy is unique because of the presence of about 138,000 American soldiers in Iraq. In other countries, the embassy does not have
to deal with American troops.
There are no Teamsters, Mafia or US priced materials......how the HELL can the cost be in the BILLIONS!?!?!? Or more accurately, if you're talking
that sort of troop count & facility size, why not just call it a MILITARY BASE for the on going OCCUPATION and be done with it!?