Well, at Least Americans Will be Comfortable…

Pay no attention to that swimming pool behind the curtain!

Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy now under construction in Baghdad appeared online in a major breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project that will be America’s largest diplomatic mission abroad.

Computer-generated projections of the nearly completed heavily fortified compound were posted to the Web site of Berger Devine Yaeger Inc., an American architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital.

The post was removed by the company from its Web site Thursday shortly after being contacted about it by the State Department.

“We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas,” said Gozalo Gallegos, a State Department spokesman. “This kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort.”

Oh really? Is it the safety and security of your employees you’re worried about, or the safety and security of your luxuries?

The 10 images included a scheme of the overall layout of the compound, plus depictions of individual buildings, including the embassy itself, office annexes, the Marine Corps security post, swimming pool, recreation center, ambassador’s and deputy ambassador’s residences.

U.S. officials said the posted plans conformed at least roughly to conceptual drawings for the new embassy, which is being built on the banks of the Tigris River behind huge fences due to fears insurgents will attack what is already a prime target.

Yeah, I can’t imagine why insurgents might want to take a shot at it; it’s not like we’re rubbing it in their faces or anything…

The $592 million embassy, on a chunk of prime real estate two-thirds the size of Washington’s National Mall, is expected to be completed in September. The images posted on the Web site show that it will be a spacious and comfortable facility, albeit dangerous.

Identified as the “Baghdad U.S. Embassy Compound Master Plan,” the images show palm-lined paths and gardens, volleyball and basketball courts outside the Marine post, as well as the swimming pool, all with a view of the river.

“In total, the 104-acre compound will include over twenty buildings, including one classified secure structure and housing for over 380 families,” the Web site boasts.

It says the compound will include the embassy building, housing, a PX, commissary, cinema, retail and shopping areas, restaurants, schools, a fire station, power and water treatment plants as well as telecommunications and wastewater treatment facilities.

All within the city recently named as the Worst Place to Live on Earth. Volleyball, anyone?



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12 responses to “Well, at Least Americans Will be Comfortable…

  1. Melissa McEwan

    A world war
    Was announced
    Days ago
    But they didn’t know

    The lazy sunbathers

    The sun burns through
    To the planet’s core
    And it isn’t enough
    They want more

    Nothing appears
    To be between the ears
    Of the lazy sunbathers
    Too jaded to question stagnation

    The sun burns through
    To the planet’s core
    And it isn’t enough
    They want more

    Religions fall
    Children shelled
    “…Children shelled?
    That’s all very well,
    But would you please keep the noise down low?
    Because you’re waking the lazy sunbathers …”

    Oh, the lazy sunbathers
    The lazy sunbathers

    — “The Lazy Sunbathers,” Morrissey

  2. This is like Duyba’s personal bubble writ large and literal — at huge expense. It makes a certain perfect sense, in these senseless times.

  3. PortlyDyke

    Wow! It summons up for me the image from Dune where the royals linger in a climate controlled green garden while the people outside scramble for squeezings of water from the rags used to mop up the floor.

  4. Melissa McEwan

    the image from Dune

    Good call.

  5. Arkades

    One doesn’t invest this heavily in a facility unless one plans on being there a very long time.

    Middle Eastern countries have seized American embassies before, and there’s no reason to assume that Iraqi goodwill alone would restrain them from doing the same at some point in the future. Ergo, the Bush administration intends to keep enough of an American presence on hand to prevent such a thing from happening, period.

    Which kind of gives the lie to the idea that we’re only there as long as the Iraqi government wants us to be, huh?

  6. Constant Comment

    And they were appalled at Hussein’s palaces…

    So much for winning their hearts and minds while using up all available electricity to build this behemoth!

  7. BigHank53

    I looked at the web site before the images got yanked, and the damn thing looks like a community college. Not a nice one, either.

  8. SAP

    the image from Dune

    I just want to know who the Baron is in this reality. 😀

  9. PortlyDyke

    the image from Dune
    I just want to know who the Baron is in this reality.

    I’d cast:
    Baron Harkonnen — Dick Cheney
    Feyd Ratha — Jeff Gannon
    Supreme Padisha Emporer — GWB

    Paul Maud-dib — To Be Announced

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