Tuesday, January 15, 2008

In Case you missed it

“The firefighting system in the massive $736 million embassy complex in Baghdad has potential safety problems that top U.S. officials dismissed in their rush to declare construction largely completed by the end of last year, according to internal State Department documents, e-mails and interviews.”

And then there’s this in the article

"This is serious enough to get someone killed," said a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation. "The fire systems are the tip of the iceberg. That is the most visible. But no one has ever inspected the electrical system, the power plant" and other parts of the embassy complex, which will house more than 1,000 people and is vulnerable to mortar attacks.”

You can read the entire Washington Post article here. But I warn you, that little bit of hair you haven’t ripped out of your head yet, may be in danger. One more in the bush administration’s long chain of total screw ups.


Blogger FranIAm said...

That f*cking embassy complex is the black hole of evil, greed, corruption and more.

I am so angry I can't even utter another word.

January 15, 2008 4:16 AM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

What's even worse is the soda machine doesn't work!

January 15, 2008 5:01 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i wonder who lined their pockets on this monument to corruption?

January 15, 2008 5:11 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Dr. Zaius, but there's plenty of oil to drink!

January 15, 2008 5:13 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

What a waste on a project that we will most likely abandon in the next decade, when a valid government comes to power in Iraq and kicks us out.

We have done nothing but create enemies, destabilize the region, give birth to a future generation to hate us.

But they will still buy our Coca-cola. YAY!

January 15, 2008 6:02 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Another facade of accomplishment emerges as a screwup. Most likely it's future will be a smoking ruin anyway if the bushistas start in on Iran.

January 15, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

The intent was never to erect a building that would last forever. The intent was to build an erection that would wilt within a decade.

This is another example of Bush's greed and crony political hackery. Taxpayers get screwed again.

January 15, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The thing is no one is really surprised that this is a total cock-up. It is what we have come to expect from BushCo.

January 15, 2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

With my VAST experience of being in the AF for 4 years from the young age of 18-22, and then working for the 2000 Census, it doesn't surprise me at all that the government can award a half-ass bid and not have the capability of following through to make sure it comes even close to meeting specs. And, that those specs were probably either grossly over or under-stated to begin with.

But the biggest problem is that we wouldn't even have been building the stupid building if we hadn't gotten into a war that we should never have started.

Oh, Fred, we passed along an award to you (should you choose to accept it, stop by.)

Luf, Us

January 15, 2008 7:09 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

The Bush Administration: Incompetency in Action.

I would love to read the history books a hundred years from now.

January 15, 2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I remember when George Bush was handed the presidency by the Supreme Court. I shuddered, but I consoled myself with, How bad could it get? These past seven years have been the longest nightmare without end. Everything this administration touches is tainted with greed and idiocy, death and mayhem. It is unbelievable we've had to endure this for so long. A true freakin' nightmare.

January 15, 2008 7:57 AM  
Blogger Madam Z said...

Gee, Mike, *I* would love to believe that there will BE "history books a hundred years from now!" But I doubt that there is any "fire system" big enough to douse the conflagration fueled by this mess in the Mideast.

Regarding the embassy, my number one question is why the holy hell did anyone think a gigantic project like that was warranted, in the first place, and possible to construct, in the second place. Baghdad does not even have reliable electricity anymore! Car bombs can be detonated anytime and anywhere, with no notice! The whole city is a disfunctional hellhole, thanks to "mistakes were made" Bushco. No wonder so many of the principals involved in the project are skittering away like lice from a corpse.

Oh, no worries about any "little bit of hair" not yet ripped out of my head, PoP. I've been completely bald since the second week of this administration.

January 15, 2008 8:11 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

How many times do we have to read quotes by people "who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation" and yet STILL not impeach this mo-fo?

January 15, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger James said...

The cynic in me says that they did this on purpose so they can "fix" it and squeeze some more money out of this turnip. Why end the gravy train?

January 15, 2008 12:15 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

As one who grew up being fascinated with the way things are constructed and work, there is no excuse for this. Good post!

January 15, 2008 4:11 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

maybe condi should do a christening with a champagne bottle...

January 15, 2008 4:52 PM  
Blogger Malicious Intent said...

As if this should be a shock to anyone?
So f'n sick of this administration, pure disgust. I cannot even watch that man's face on TV anymore.

January 15, 2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Malicious Intent said...

As if this should be a shock to anyone?
So f'n sick of this administration, pure disgust. I cannot even watch that man's face on TV anymore.

January 15, 2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

This is the new version of perpetual motion. You invade a country and destroy all the buildings. Then you get contractors from your country to rebuild them but in a dodgey way. Then you get your contractors to rebuild them as they begin to fall down.

Man, aren't those capitalists smart?

January 15, 2008 10:07 PM  
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