June 01, 2007

An Empire Run by Idiots

The Baghdad embassy pictures are here.


Yep, they're right here.

Honest to God. From Scott Horton:
On Wednesday, an essayist exposed an American architectural firm’s designs for the new United States Embassy currently being constructed in Baghdad, Iraq.

Tom Engelhardt, in his article "The Colossus of Baghdad," for Antiwar.com May 30th, pointed readers to the plans which had been posted at the Website of the embassy’s designers, Berger Devine Yaeger of Kansas City, Missouri, who took down their entire site after being contacted by State Department employees according to the Associated Press yesterday.
Tom Engelhardt's article is here.

And here.

One mo' time: here, and here.

Did I mention that you can still see the embassy pictures here? Yeah, right there.

Scott has more details in this post. Note: embassy construction continues apace, now funded by your antiwar, anti-Empire Democratic Congress. Isn't that a stitch? If the Democrats are antiwar and anti-Empire, I'm a creationist. Note: they're not antiwar or anti-Empire. Not by a mile. Not in any way at all.

And about this:
"Our desire would be that this not be in the public domain," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said after officials called the firm of Berger Devine Yaeger within minutes of learning from a reporter that the embassy plans had been posted on its website.

"We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas and this kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort," Gallegos told AFP.
Mr. Gallegos, if you want your employees to be "safe" and "secure," why don't you bring them home? And close down at least four-fifths of those roughly 1,000 bases the United States maintains in more than 130 countries around the world? I understand that this is a dangerously radical thought, but it isn't actually our role to RUN THE MIDDLE EAST OR THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Oh, nooooo! they all scream. Can't do that. Gotta have our Empire, gotta have our bases, gotta have a bigger military, gotta have our wars.

On those points, almost no one disagrees. Not the Republicans, not the Democrats, not the President, not the Congress.

The embassy pictures are here.

Spread the word.

P.S. Yes, still waiting to be shipped off to Gitmo. But hey, Limbaugh says it's great. I'll bring back some Club Gitmo gear for you.