Tuesday, January 06, 2009
"Fortress America" opens in Baghdad
The new embassy, already underway in early 2005, was not mentioned in the main stream media at the time, and was supposedly a secret. I didn't see anything on Google untill 2006, but it was underway by May 11, 2005 when funding was signed by congress under an emergency supplemental appropriation, (H.R. 1268/P.L. 109-13), which included $592 million for embassy construction.
The position of Ambassador to Iraq was initially filled by John Negroponte, who
served from May 2004 to March 2005. On April 5, Secretary Rice announced President
Bush’s intention to nominate Zalmay Khalilzad (formerly the Ambassador to
Afghanistan) as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq; this appointment required Senate
Guess who the emcee for the dedication of the (cough cough) new embassy is? Yep, you guessed it and he can be seen in todays presentation on CNN VIDEO