Friday, April 18, 2008

American Embassy in Iraq

NBC news sensationalized this story about the expense and expanse of the new American Embassy on Iraq. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but the criticism of the facility seems to parallel the issue of our military presence.

The State Department and the Department of the Defense are two different entities. There are over 170 U.S. Embassies in foreign countries and yes, they are expensive to build and operate. We dropped over $300 million in the late 80's on our embassy in Moscow.

Is it really unreasonable to have a gym, a pool, and housing for a closed compound that will be a home to 600 people?

Reporter Andrea Mitchell states " makes it look like the US will be occupying Baghdad forever." Occupying? Oh Andrea, The US is NOT occupying Iraq. Can someone tell NBC that the occupation of Iraq ended in June 2004? Yes we still have a large military presence there, but if you are going to report on it, get your facts straight.

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