With New Embassy, US Presence in Iraq Appears Permanent

The new US Embassy in Baghdad will be the world's largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in Iraq. The compound is a symbol both of how much the United States has invested in Iraq and how the circumstances of its involvement are changing.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052007D.shtml



The Colossus of Baghdad

Tom Engelhardt considers the new American embassy being built in Baghdad and writes: "As an outpost, this vast compound reeks of one thing: imperial impunity. It was never meant to be an embassy from a democracy that had liberated an oppressed land. From the first thought, the first sketch, it was to be the sort of imperial control-center suitable for the planet's sole 'hyperpower,' dropped into the middle of the oil heartlands of the globe. It was to be Washington's dream and Kansas City's idea of a palace fit for an embattled American proconsul - or a khan."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/052907F.shtml

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Baghdad embassy plans turn up online

Lebanon Democrat

05/31/07

Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project. Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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