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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Baghdad Embassy Campus

The US Mega-Embassy in Baghdad is nearing completion according to this item in the Washington Post.

Apparently, it's a "...27-building complex on a 104-acre tract of land..."

For comparison, for many years the US embassy in Beijing was divided among several buildings scattered across the Jianguomenwai neighborhood, each one about the size of a large house. (They'll be opening a grander one in 2008, apparently.)

I'd heard the Baghdad embassy was going to be big, but I had no idea it would be the size of a freakin' amusement park. My understanding is that up until now, the largest US embassy in the world was in Cairo while the most expensive was in Moscow. Baghdad is going to put both of those to shame.

Kamen doesn't mention that the embassy is going to have satellite offices in every major Iraqi city as well. Wonder if those are included in the $500+ million price tag?


  • At May 17, 2007 at 1:09 PM , Blogger Mark said...

    I want to call it "palatial."

    Hey -- didn't we just bomb a whole bunch of palaces in that area, skoffing the entire time about them being a sign of the decadence of an autocrat?


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