From the "your tax dollars at work" file...Avuncular American mentioned today a $5 billion (yes, that was a "b") tourism plan the Pentagon has come up with for the International Zone in Baghdad, including a golf resort.
AA rightly comments:
And if $5 billion isn’t excessive for a little R&R on the Tigris, why is it so difficult to provide decent (i.e., without sewage backups) housing for soldiers returning to their barracks Stateside? It took an outraged father of a soldier back from a combat zone, armed with a digital camera and a YouTube account, to shame the Army into action.
The idea behind this is to create a "zone of influence" around our Embassy compound and such.
Here's a better idea. Maybe we could use that money to create safe housing for the folks serving in Baghdad. (Yes, I know that is DOD money, not Department of State money, but we seem to be all mushed up together these days anyway.). And I can tell you that I would certainly rather, when my time comes to serve in Baghdad, have a safe place to sleep rather than a golf course.