• State Department to Drop ANOTHER $117 million in Iraq

    June 29, 2012

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

    The American Embassy in Baghdad remains a monument to American hubris, and American failure in the Middle East. In some far-future Planet of the Apes movie, it will be the remains of the embassy Charlton Heston’s character finds half-buried in the sand.

    The embassy was designed in the go-go early years of the Iraq Occupation, with an school house on the grounds for diplokids, full-size kitchen appliances in all the apartments and conveniences like a swimming pool, tennis court, golf driving range and outdoor water misters. Better yet, the embassy was to be the center jewel in a constellation of USG outposts around Iraq. Completed some three years ago at a public cost of $700 million (most people figure the real price at closer to $1 billion by the time all the sub-contracts were totaled), the embassy compound is America’s largest and most expensive diplomatic installation in the world. Total expenditures for the US’ Iraq diplo mission run some $6.5 billion a year.

    And now, even as American influence in Iraq wanes, it all just got more expensive.

    The Washington Post reports that the State Department is planning to spend $115 million to upgrade the embassy compound in Baghdad.

    The need to dump another $117 million down the hole is due to the “consolidation of satellite diplomatic facilities and property around Baghdad. The consolidation takes the overall diplomatic property in Baghdad down by one-third, but increases the personnel working and living on the Embassy compound.”

    On the shopping list for the $117 million is a revamped central utility power plant, an underground fuel storage facility holding a 21-day supply and upgrades on water, sewer and telecommunications systems. Included is a classified data center.

    (The Post article also details how the State Department spent $100 million on a Police College facility, building living quarters, a dining facility, an office building, a gym and a helicopter landing site. At year’s end, the facility will be turned over to the Iraqis because State did not get land rights use for more than one year. Oops.)

    It is at this point that some grown up needs to step up and ask what the hell the State Department is doing in Iraq, and/or cut off their allowance until they can show they are responsible enough to handle money.

    What are we paying for in Baghdad? Even State’s latest failed ambassador nominee for the job in Baghdad said the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, telling Senators at his confirmation hearing “There is no proportionality between our size and our influence. In fact, we spend a lot of diplomatic capital simply to sustain our presence.”

    We have a white elephant of an embassy in Iraq, one that sucks up money, distorts the State Department’s personnel system with its out-of-proportion needs and accomplishes very, very little for America in return. Rule Number One is if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. It is time for Congress (the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations takes up the transition in Iraq from a military to a civilian-led mission this month) to stop State from digging any deeper in Iraq.



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    • pitchfork said...

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      note to self..file under..

      ..”GREAT MOMENTS IN STUPIDITY”

      It really IS getting difficult to reconcile how incredibly stupid some people in the Federal Cartel are. Just when I thought I’d witnessed stupidity in the first degree..along comes rock-hard State Department stupid. I mean.. dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. Trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. They emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original Big Bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know. Too stupid even to mock. This will go down in the annuls of stupidity as the Grand Unified Theory of stupid, defining it’s true nature in the Universe.

      But I’m sorry. I can’t go on. This is an epiphany of stupid for me…and now I have to puke.

      06/29/12 2:30 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps.

      Dear Secretary Clinton.

      We have unsuccessfully tried to contact you numerous times during your tenure at your official State Department address, but due to the rapid spread of known Stupidity pathogen’s from your office to unknown subordinate’s, it has become necessary to invoke the use of various Internet websites in the hope we may finally transmit our official DNA test results and recommendations by virtue of word of mouth. In that light, please accept our apology for the rather unorthodox method of communication

      As per your Security Clearance DNA test requirement, we have concluded our analysis. Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that your Security Clearance has been denied, as our laboratory was unable to confirm your DNA is connected to the Homo Sapiens species. Although early on, we were able to ascertain a connection to the species Proteus Animalcule, but upon further investigation, a full DNA analysis revealed a direct continuation sequence from the bacterium Scurilous Rectus Stupidious.

      Unfortunately, in consideration of the safety of the world as well as the salvation of the State Department, it is our collective recommendation, you should immediately inject yourself with 3cc of homemade 1:1 compound of common household bleach and ammonia whereby, although painful, death will occur almost immediately, thereby ridding the universe of all traces of this insidious and dangerous specie of Stupidity.

      However, be forewarned of the consequences lest you decide not to heed our professional recommendation, as analysis has proven beyond all shadow of doubt, the prognosis is dire, as the life span of this insidious strain of Stupidity begins it’s entropy phase very early on, usually manifest as various psychosomatic disorders such as delusions, hallucinations, and impaired insight and judgement, proceeding to higher order complex stupidity such as personality change, loss of sexual inhibition, paranoia, religious ecstasy and delusions of grandeur, ending in loss of stupid functions directly into manic phase’s of bipolar disorder leading to complete corresponding layer 5/thalamus axis dis-function, and altering the crucial ordered cortiocortical layer 3/1 and 2/3 transmission necessary for rational language self-expression, resulting in permanent, babbling idiocy. signs of which are already apparent.

      Therefore, as this repugnant strain of Stupidity is highly contageous in close proximity settings, such as found in the State Department, it is highly recommended you bite the bullet and take your final med, as this latest fiasco of collective State Department Stupidity confirms our belief, the spread of your strain has completely infected all embassies as well, rendering the entire apparatus of State in jeopardy of mass stupidity ejaculation, resulting in a irreversible meltdown of all function, credibility, and funding by Congress. You see dear.. in this case, kill the disease/kill the patient is highly desirable, as this particular strain of Stupid has basal ganglic, hippocampal memory association(which is much more complex, involving neurogenesis and LTD as well) which in layman terms means…. no more Clinton, no more collective Stupidity, although lingering aftereffects may appear in close proximity power structures like Congress, which, with careful voting will eliminate all vestiges by virtue of monolithic evolutionary laughter.

      Please accept our condolences.

      Good Luck.
      Your Pal at SDLabs

      06/29/12 4:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Frederick Fellow said...

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      It seems that the more you tell the State Department not to do something, the more they insist on doing it. Is it stupidity or is it really stubborn arrogance? It’s hard to believe that they are capable of this but as this blog has documented, beginning with the book “We Meant Well,” they clearly are a defiant organization. There seems to be a stronghold of hillbilly defiance that runs throughout the organization. Did the State Department support the South’s cause during the Civil War? It must be the rebel yell of Foggy Bottom that we’ve been hearing.

      06/29/12 4:54 PM | Comment Link

    • marc said...

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      Even though they are located in Baghdad the satellite diplomatic facilities might as well be on different planets. All State Department personnel must travel “hard” in up armored intimidating pavement crushing convoys even in the IZ! It’s an arrogant arrangement the Iraqi public will not tolerate any longer. The obvious solution is to close the satellite facilities and send most of their personnel home. Then reduce the main embassy staff to a level appropriate to America’s extreme unpopularity among average Iraqis and the small influence we have over Iraqi officials.

      06/29/12 5:11 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      Hi Peter,
      $117 million, looking not big number to thoes spent in nation building, with GW Bush gifts to iraqis till now they enjoying it.

      What about those billions Shiekh Bremer vanished with him?

      What about the billions spent in Balad Base (North Baghdad) to make it as US citi inside Iraq?

      Let see the progress of nation building with the best service diliverd by Yankis:

      Note: Read the introduction and see the diffrence btween 2003 and after 2003 till now and see those billions Shiekh Bremer spent how changed the life in Iraq!

      The Generator Man in Iraq

      06/29/12 10:26 PM | Comment Link

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