Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The largest embassy on Earth

David McGrory in the Times of London has the article of the day on Iraq:
THE question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?

Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call “George W’s palace” rising from the banks of the Tigris.

In the pavement cafés, people moan that the structure is bigger than anything Saddam Hussein built. They are not impressed by the architects’ claims that the diplomatic outpost will be visible from space and cover an area that is larger than the Vatican city and big enough to accommodate four Millennium Domes. They are more interested in knowing whether the US State Department paid for the prime real estate or simply took it.
Winning the hearts and minds, one giant palace at a time.

2 Comments:

Blogger zen said...

This is an amazing story...nice catch.

5:30 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Thanks, zen.

I am sure the counterinsurgency experts in the military LOVE the work of this administration.

5:38 PM  

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