Saturday, June 19, 2004
The U.S. is returning sovereignty to Iraq at the end of the month — but the Boston Globe reports that the Republican Palace in Baghdad won't be part of the transfer:
The marble palace, which was home to three Iraqi presidents before Hussein, became the headquarters of the country's occupiers. And with 11 days left until Iraq regains sovereignty, the occupiers aren't packing to leave. They are converting the palace into part of the massive new US Embassy compound.
From Iraq's new president to the men who stand guard at the Martyrs' Monument to the country's war dead — itself taken over as a US base until last month — Iraqis are irritated at the prospect of US diplomats occupying their country's equivalent of the White House.
Yes, I'd think they would be! Can't we lease it for a year, buy some property elsewhere in the city, and build ourselves an embassy? I thought we weren't in this battle for the spoils.
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 19 June 2004 at 9:10 AM