In Astute Observation

 A story in today’s New York Times details one “small” aspect of what we are spending in Iraq these days. Just in case you might have forgotten that’s the country we recently pulled all our troops out of. 

We spent of $750 million building a new US embassy complex. This is not small building. The complex has a workout facility, swimming pool, grocery store, and much more. For that much money I hope it was a while lot more. 

But this gets better…

The current budget to run this theme park is $6 billion a year. For one country. And the people of Iraq don’t seem to want us there. 

How many people do you think staff this sprawling plantation?  16,000!

You read that right. There are currently 16,000 people staffing the place. I think that is more than all the other embassies in the region combined. 

What are they thinking? 

Could they find a way to cut the budget to something closer to a meager billion dollars and only a thousand people? If they could maybe we could use the saved $5 billion to improve a schools here on our own soil. Or maybe even do something crazy like retire a little of our huge national debt. 

What can we do to get the Iraqis to use some of their oil money instead of our money.  We have been sort of running low lately.

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