Now all we need in Afghanistan is a Green Zone
Iraq redux? Obama seeks funds for Pakistan super-embassy
The White House has asked Congress for — and seems likely to receive — $736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for U.S. government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.
The scale of the projects rivals the giant U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was completed last year after construction delays at a cost of $740 million.
Jeebus. Can't we find $4 million to round up the cost to an even $740 million?
Senior State Department officials said the expanded diplomatic presence is needed to replace overcrowded, dilapidated and unsafe facilities and to support a "surge" of civilian officials [and spooks and mercs] into Afghanistan and Pakistan ordered by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton*.
Will the new embassy have a Krispy Kreme donut shop? Missiles on the roof?
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose....
NOTE * Ouch!