Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Bitter Irony

Did you know that the largest U.S. embassy in the world provides no services to citizens of the host country? I didn't. This Iraqi blogger, in need of a visa to travel to the U.S. for graduate work, found out firsthand.

7 Comments:

Blogger copy editor said...

Or that most of the population does not want us there.

9/26/2006 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know that I am all that surprised. I have never been under the impression that this administration really cared about the Iraqi people, despite all of the blather, I mean rhetoric. So I guess by extension that done care or don't want to assist Iraui's, especially if they want to come to the U.S.

9/26/2006 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What DO they do in the biggest US embassy in the world?

9/26/2006 8:00 PM  
Anonymous RW said...

The "biggest embassy in the world" appears to be a fortress with its own water, power, fuel depot, emergency stores, troop barracks, helo-pad, etc. so what they do in it seems a reasonable question. Since it appears to have few actual diplomatic functions all I can think of is that will be (a) an operational center for the hardened, 'permanent' military bases they are building elsewhere in the country so we can leave Iraq without actually leaving it when that time comes and (b) the base for the final retreat when that time comes (the Saigon evacuation was so depressing, no?).

9/27/2006 3:23 PM  
Anonymous nyhmr said...

They probably have the biggest embassy in the world in Iraq so all the politicians can go there and say they have been to Iraq, without actually venturing out into the country and talking to real Iraqis and any military person below the rank of general. If they do that they might learn some disturbing truths and then they could not claim plausible deniability.

9/27/2006 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HI28Ak01.html

9/27/2006 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Given the reports on the Baghdad Police Academy (could be the title of a comedy sequel) one wonders if the toilets work.

9/29/2006 6:25 AM  

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