"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Invasion of the arcologies.

In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target: a giant US embassy

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.

February 12, 2007 1:14 AM