Then why are we building the largest, most expensive embassy ever? Does Iraq’s economy need stimulus too? According to FOX News:
The 104-acre compound, bigger than the Vatican and about the size of 80 football fields, boasts 21 buildings, a commissary, cinema, retail and shopping areas, restaurants, schools, a fire station, power and water treatment plants, as well as telecommunications and wastewater treatment facilities.
The compound is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the size of the National Mall in Washington.
It has space for 1,000 employees with six apartment blocks and is 10 times larger than any other U.S. embassy.
Troop withdrawals or no, this mini-city loudly and clearly signals a permanent U.S. presence in the Middle East, which if I am not mistaken is the sort of thing that had Osama and Co. upset with us in the first place.