-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Note the "Behind Schedule" section:
- Basic infrastructure projects failed.
- Medical projects failed.
- Security projects failed.
- Oil production is almost nominal.
And yet this "embassy" we're dropping $600,000,000 on will have "the biggest swimming pool in Iraq, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a cinema, restaurants offering delicacies from favourite US food chains, tennis courts and a swish American Club for evening functions."
Ah, well. "Government's work is God's work."
Presumably the in-house harem service is being billed as a few gold-plated toilet seats.