U.S. diplomats will begin moving into the mammoth new, heavily fortified embassy in Baghdad next month after long delays in the $736 million project â€” and not a moment too soon.
….S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said Friday that construction is complete at the Vatican-sized compound
…The new embassy will be the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world, with fortified working space for 1,000 people and living quarters for several hundred on a 104-acre site.
…Some of the deficiencies have been blamed on shoddy work by the company hired to build the project, First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting Co., for $592 million. Changes to the original design have pushed the cost up by $144 million. [source]
Technically, it’s now 104-acres of pure American soil, and if it’s the size of the Vatican then geographically it qualifies as its own city-state. But in a country where the red, white and blues are the biggest target, this probably couldn’t be anymore conspicuous.
It would be a waste for a building of this magnitude to simply be called “an embassy”. It should have a clever name like “Freedomville” or “Liberty City”.
(now imagine what that $144 million could have done for Iraqi refugees)