Thursday, February 12, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
The following are 11 strange but true facts about this very unusual "imperial fortress".....
#1) It stretches across 104 acres, which is about the size of 80 football fields.
#2) It is roughly the size of Vatican City.
#3) At $700 million dollars, it is the largest and most expensive embassy ever built.
#4) It contains 27 buildings where 1,200 staffers live and work.
#5) It is protected with bulletproof glass.
#6) It includes a gym, a swimming pool, a movie theater, stores, restaurants, schools, a fire station, and power and water treatment plants.
#7) It is known as "The Vatican on the Tigris" and as "George Bush's palace" and as "the Mega-Bunker of Baghdad".
#8) It is 10 times larger than any other U.S. embassy.
#9) It costs 1.2 billion dollars a year to operate.
#10) It is visible from space.
#11) It is the clearest and most obvious sign that the United States plans to never, ever, ever pull out of Iraq completely.