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To those of us still following the news out of Iraq, there isn’t much out of the ordinary to report. Day in and out, the news from Iraq is a laundry list of the Bush administration’s failures in going to war. You’re all familiar with the infinite number of mistakes and missteps Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, and others in the Pentagon committed in going to war and later in the rebuilding of Iraq, so I won’t bother to recount them here. (But for those of you interested for more, the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count keeps an updated record of all reported coalition casualities.)

But the latest of Bush’s blunders in Baghdad would be funny if it weren’t so embarrassing. As Alternet reports today, the Bush administration is in the midst of building the largest, most fortified American embassy in the world in Baghdad, a sprawling $592 million dollar complex whose contract was awarded to a Kuwaiti construction company in a dubious bidding process.
Iraqis still can’t count on reliable electricity, water, or even basic physical safety. But, hey, a well-lit house and safe streets are overrated as long as you can glance across the Tigris and get a good look at what the Iraqis are referring to as “George W.’s Palace,” right?

Just another proud example of how out of touch the Bush administration is with Iraqi public opinion. But as voters in this country can attest, that’s not exactly shocking, is it?


OrSkolnik said...

Wow... Kuwaiti. Leave it to Bush to outsource the construction of an American embassy in Iraq. I guess no American contractors wanted the job (apparently Haliburton doesn't do palaces?), and the Iraqi reconstruction effort definitely couldn't use a $352 million boost to its wartorn economy. You have to admire Bush's consistency at doing a bad job, though.

Rach C said...

Whoops. I actually got the number wrong, too-- it's 592 million, actually. And for the record, more than a few US contractors bid for the project, several for up to 70 million less than what FKTC bid-- but then again, FKTC is also owned by one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Kuwait, and we all know how Bush loves his rich oil magnates.