Bush’s ediface complex

There must be some logic to building the United States’ — and the world’s — largest embassy in the world’s 44th largest nation, coming somewhere after Nepal and Uganda.

But the logic seems apparent only to the Bush administration so work plods forward on our Vatican-sized fortress embassy in Baghdad. The massive $600 million project is behind schedule and nearly $150 million over budget. It was conceived in the heady days when the Bush administration believed we would be welcomed as liberators, the war would pay for itself and an efficient government of pro-U.S. Iraqi exiles would have taken over.

This monument to hubris was supposed to have been completed last month and the embassy staffers presumably moving in by now. The current embassy is one of Saddam’s old palaces and the staff housed in trailers vulnerable to the mortar rounds the insurgents periodically fire into the Green Zone.

The current military thinking in Iraq is that it’s more effective to disperse from the big bases to the neighborhoods and engage with the population. And it seems to be working. Maybe this is too dangerous for our diplomats, civilian advisers and aid officials but if they have to hole up in an inaccessible fortress shielded from ordinary Iraqis, why bother?

And if Iraq does stabilize and settle down you have to wonder what the Iraqis will think of having this American citadel in the midst of their capital. While U.S. policy planners may want a massive complex as a base to project our influence into other Mideastern nations, the Iraqis may not think it’s such a great idea.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack insists, “We’re not going to buy ourselves a turkey here.” Sounds like we already have.


  1. Steve Horn

    Perhaps when completed it will serve as an effective monument to the stupidity of the Bush administration and their illegal actions in Iraq.

    Of course, it will also offer convenient and safe locations for the various oil companies to rent office space so the executives can, in relative comfort and safety, rape Iraq’s natural resources in the wake of the hostilities …



  2. Obama for Prez in 08

    Embassy? I think fort would be a more appropriate name for it.

    It’s just a modern day Krak des Chevaliers, and will serve as a historic reminder of this era in American history for centuries to come.

  3. SEAL

    This Embassy was designed to be the Castle from which King George would rule the Middle East. But, now, it looks like they will need a moat and drawbridge to keep out the angry rabble.

  4. Cashel Boylo

    Once again, as seemingly always, NOBODY mentions the Secretary of State who is diplomatically, politically and personally responsible for all matters affecting embassies.
    Condolleezzaa Rice is as much a criminal monster as Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and the rest of this criminal administration.
    She no longer boasts that invasion of Iraq was her idea, but she is on record saying so.
    Also on record referring to the WarCriminal-In-Chief as “MY HUSBAND.”
    Cashel Boylo