Aug 17, 2009
The Obama administration wants to spend a billion dollars on buildings to quickly increase the U.S. State Department staffs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most of this money is for new fortress-like embassy facilities in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, apparently similar to the giant new U.S. embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad.
The State Department also wants millions of dollars to revamp its consular buildings in the Pakistani city of Lahore. (Its staff in Karachi already moved into a new building there.) To get new facilities quickly in Peshawar, the plan includes buying the city’s only five-star hotel, its pool and large surrounding grounds.
In Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, the U.S. is negotiating to purchase 30 to 40 acres of land to expand the U.S. embassy there.
How long is the U.S. planning to have big military forces in all these countries? Clearly for a long time!