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Is the Iraqi embassy more fortified than my America? A billion dollars later.

Iraq embassy

Documents obtained by the Oversight Committee depict widespread defects in fire detection systems, fire service mains, fire sprinklers, fire-proof construction materials, and electrical wiring throughout the Embassy complex. Other documents implicate the Managing Partner of First Kuwaiti, the prime contractor, in an illegal kickback scheme to obtain subcontracts under the Army’s multi-billion logistical support contract.

Sounds like all the other news coming out of Iraq. This complex is over 100 acres (larger than the vatican), almost ten times the size of a normal embassy. More striking is its price tag. At more than a billion dollars and growing more expensive every day. Oddly, or with this administration obviously, a Kuwaiti firm won the construction deal despite very competing bids from US contractors. Read about this here. This colossal beast is emblematic of the ongoing disaster in Iraq and you can read an interesting article here about why this, like the war, is destined to fail from the start.

Everything surrounding this massive, super secret compound has been shrouded in secrecy. Diplomats were even instructed not to mention the location of the new embassy. (The fifty cranes along the banks of the Tigris might have given that one away) I wonder what the reaction was when the computer-generated projections of the heavily fortified compound were posted here on the Web several months ago.

Quote for today:
“I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas.” –George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

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October 9, 2007 Posted by | America, Breaking News, Bush, Embassy, Iraq, Money, Oil, political, Real Estate, Republican, Scandal, Society, Technology, Terrorism, War | , , , , , , | Leave a comment