$1B to Build Large Embassy in Pakistan
May 29, 2009 · Posted in Foreign Policy
After befriending Iraqis by building a humongous US embassy in Baghdad for close to $1 billion, it is now time to expand this thoughtful spending to Pakistan – U.S. undertakes Iraq-scale embassy project in Pakistan:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The White House has asked Congress for – and seems likely to receive – $736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for U.S. government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.
In Pakistan, however, large parts of the population are hostile to the U.S. presence in the region – despite receiving billions of dollars in aid from Washington since 2001 – and anti-American groups and politicians are likely to seize on the expanded diplomatic presence in Islamabad as evidence of American “imperial designs.”
“This is a replay of Baghdad,” said Khurshid Ahmad, a member of Pakistan’s upper house of parliament for Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the country’s two main religious political parties. “This (Islamabad embassy) is more (space) than they should need. It’s for the micro and macro management of Pakistan, and using Pakistan for pushing the American agenda in Central Asia.”
The fact that the US economy is imploding and shortages are emerging left and right does not seem to bother these gentlemen:
A senior State Department official confirmed that the U.S. plan for the consulate in Peshawar involves the purchase of the luxury Pearl Continental hotel. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
The Pearl Continental is the city’s only five-star hotel, set in its own expansive grounds, with a swimming pool. It’s owned by Pakistani tycoon Sadruddin Hashwani.
The insanity behind this never ending spending spree is surreal. But taken aside all the resources that will be squandered while infrastructure and the economy in the US continue their decay, the foreign policy and national security implications of continuing to try and police the world like this will be far more severe.
We are in the process of creating another Iran, as I explained already:
In 1979, the inevitable occurred. The political pendulum swang where it had to swing. Radical extremists, backed by the revolutionary spirit of the populace, and lead by the popular Ayatollah Khomeini, took power in a sweeping subversion. He promised change. And things did change, unfortunately not for the better.
Thanks to US foreign policies we are right now able to observe a buildup toward the same kinds of radical subversions in other middle eastern countries. Don’t ever let it be said that no one warned against the inevitable blowbacks of an ongoing US support of the Pakistani military and nation building efforts in Afghanistan.