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Iraq redux? Obama seeks funds for Pakistan super-embassy | McClatchy

ISLAMABAD -- The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The White House has asked Congress for -- and seems likely to receive -- $736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for U.S. government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.

The scale of the projects rivals the giant U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was completed last year after construction delays at a cost of $740 million.

by Fran on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 12:00:01 PM EST
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And the evil empire continues, even under Obama.  How did I end up in this schlock country, anyway?  Who do I blame?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 06:46:00 AM EST
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