Tuesday, May 15, 2007

McClatchy has done some incredible reporting for this war.

U.S. Embassy employees fearful over Green Zone attacks

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Embassy employees in Iraq are growing increasingly angry over what they say are inadequate security precautions in the heavily fortified Green Zone, where recent mortar and rocket attacks have claimed the lives of six people, including two U.S. citizens.

In spite of the attacks, embassy employees complain, most staff members still sleep in trailers that one described as "tin cans" that offer virtually no protection from rocket and mortar fire. The government has refused to harden the roofs because of the cost, one employee said.

A second official called it "criminally negligent" not to reduce the size of the embassy staff, which a year ago was estimated at 1,000, in the face of the increasing attacks and blamed the administration's failure to respond on concerns that doing so might undermine support for President Bush's Iraq policy.

"What responsible person and responsible government would ask you to put yourself at risk like that? We don't belong here," the employee said, adding, "They're not going to send us home because it's going to be another admission of failure."

Just imagine that. "They're not going to send us home because it's going to be another admission of failure."

They're more worried about their "image" than the soldiers and citizens they are sworn to protect.

Not so hard to imagine after all.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Ugh. Bah. Coffee.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Ugh. Bah. Coffee.


Ok...regarding this post, ya just have to wonder at what point will our military and those who are stuck at the embassy going to revolt? It already seems that many of the officers in the military, including the Generals have had it with Bush. He may lose his army...or the next time he pays a visit to Iraq they may not be so careful with their protection of him...if ya know what I mean.


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