From the Washington Post in the USA:
By Glenn Kessler
Published on: 10/07/07
Washington —- The massive U.S. embassy under construction in Baghdad could cost $144 million more than projected and will open months behind schedule because of poor planning, shoddy workmanship, internal disputes and last-minute changes sought by State Department officials, according to U.S. officials and a department document provided to Congress.
The embassy, which will be the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world, was budgeted at $592 million. The core project was supposed to have been completed by last month, but the timetable has slipped so much that the State Department has sought and received permission from the Iraqi government to allow about 2,000 non-Iraqi construction employees to stay in the country until March.
The Baghdad project has been complicated by a dispute between the U.S. ambassador in Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and the top Washington-based official charged with overseeing the project. That official, James Golden, has been barred from entering Iraq by Crocker because he allegedly disobeyed embassy orders during the investigation of a death of a worker, sources said.
The sources said Golden —- who is a contract employee —- was suspected of destroying evidence in the case. When confronted by embassy officials, he allegedly told them he worked for Washington, not the embassy. Crocker then banished him from the country.
U.S. to open ‘Fortress America’ ’embassy’ in Baghdad next month: here.
Winston Churchil in 1922: Britain, get out of Iraq.
Slave labour in the USA today: here.