Much to my amazement the mainstream news finally woke up today and reported of the multi-million dollar American embassy being built in Baghdad. Are some of you astonished to read where this embassy also known as ‘Bush’s Baghdad Palace’ by the Nation Magazine will cost you the tax-payer $592 million dollars? Well don’t be. The reason why should not be surprised is that the AP is only reporting of this now where other writers such as your’s truly have written of it before.
The AP reports that this embassy will contain, “secure apartments for about 615 people. The comfortable but not opulent one-bedrooms have offered hope for State Department staff now doubled up in tinny trailers.” Oh, don’t you feel sorry for these State Department officials having to live in tinny trailers considering how Katrina victims were treated? Don’t you feel sorry for these State Department officials as our soldiers were denied a $6 dollar raise in pay? Don’t you feel sorry for these State Department officials when the casualty rate of our soldiers presently stands at 3,395? Don’t you feel sorry for these State Department officials when the town of Greenville, Kansas was wiped off the map by a devastating tornado?
What the AP leaves out, Military.com reports that this palace will contain, “two major diplomatic office buildings, homes for the ambassador and his deputy, and the apartment buildings for staff, the compound will offer a swimming pool, gym, commissary, food court and American Club, all housed in a recreation building.” Now please remember what the living conditions are for most Iraqis since we invaded their country back in 2003. As Iraqis and our soldiers continue to die and suffer from massive injuries, we must insure through our hard earned tax dollars that these State Department officials along with others will get to recreate. I find that obscene. In fact no word can best describe this abomination.