Initially posted at strategic-culture.org:
Why is America’s Baghdad Embassy the world’s largest embassy — and the most important by far?
“It’s as if the US Embassy is there not only to protect American interests, but to manage the entire world from the heart of the capital, Baghdad.”
— Iraqi Sheikh Qassim Al Ta’ee, as quoted on 27 December 2011 in Al Iraq Information and translated by Ibrahim Zaidan from the unique Arabic by Nicholas Dagher
Zaidan’s article went on to say:
The world’s largest embassy is located within the Inexperienced Zone and fortified by three partitions, one other barrier of concrete slabs, adopted by barbed wire fences and a wall of sandbags. It covers an space of 104 acres, six occasions bigger than UN headquarters in New York and ten occasions bigger than the brand new embassy Washington is constructing in Beijing – which is simply 10 acres.
So, America’s largest diplomatic mission is surrounded by excessive concrete partitions, is painted in black, brown and gray and is totally remoted from its surroundings. … America introduced a number of months in the past that between diplomats and staff, its embassy would come with 16,000 individuals after the pullout of US forces.
On January 1st, Will Sillitoe headlined on the Helsinki Occasions, “What does the US embassy in Baghdad export to Finland and dozens of other countries?” and he reported that:
Greater than one million kilograms of cargo have been shipped from Baghdad to totally different elements of the world, reveals US embassies procurement paperwork.
Mysterious cargo shipments from the US Embassy in Baghdad to different American embassies and consulates around the globe have been revealed on a Wikileaks’ database. Procurement orders of US embassies are public paperwork, however Wikileaks put them in a searchable database making it simpler to analyse.
The database displaying worldwide US embassy orders of products and providers reveals Baghdad as a postal and delivery centre for tonnes of freight.
Although army freight is perhaps anticipated between the US and Iraq, data present that embassies throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa are all receiving deliveries from Baghdad too.
In accordance to Wikileaks’ database, orders to ship greater than 540 tonnes of cargo to the US have been made in Might 2018. The identical doc exhibits different most important supply locations included 120 tonnes of freight to Europe, and 24 tonnes to South Africa, South America and Central Africa respectively. …
On December 29th, Sillitoe had headlined “Guarded warehouse near airport and mysterious cargos from Baghdad; what is the US embassy in Helsinki up to?” and he opened:
Why does the US Embassy in Helsinki want an enormous warehouse close to Malmi Airport and what are the contents of hundreds of kilograms of cargo despatched to Helsinki from Baghdad?
A dilapidated warehouse in Malmi is being utilized by the US Embassy for unknown operations after a Wikileaks launch revealed its location.
The nameless wanting constructing on Takoraudantie is notable just for the brand new 427 meter perimeter fence that in accordance to the Wikileaks’ database was ordered by the US Embassy in April 2018.
Located throughout the road from the primary entrance of Malmi Airport, the warehouse with its three meter excessive safety fence seems an unlikely location for official embassy enterprise. Neighbouring corporations embrace a automotive yard and a tyre warehouse.
Helsinki Occasions visited the sides this weekend. Safety personnel, younger Finns in uniforms with American flags on their arms, appeared nervous and suspicious when requested to touch upon the warehouse. …
Sillitoe closed that article by saying: “The searchable Wikileaks database and info about Finland related activities can be found HERE.”
That hyperlink leads to a “US Embassy Shopping List” of 24 separate paperwork, one among which is “RFP 191Z1018R0002 Mission Iraq Shipping Transportation Services”, dated “5/17/18.”
Merchandise 2 there’s “Packing of unaccompanied air baggage (UAB) – Throughout Iraq – US Embassy Baghdad, Baghdad International Zone, US Consulate General in Basrah, US Consulate General in Erbil, US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, US Erbil Diplomatic Support Center (Note: under the specified unit of measure the US Government contemplates ‘per kilogram’ of gross weight in kilograms)”
The “Quantity Estimated” is “100,000” and the “Unit of Measure” is “kilogram.”
Merchandise 7 is “Storage Services – Monthly Storage of containers – Throughout Iraq – US Embassy Baghdad, Baghdad International Zone, US Consulate General in Basrah, US Consulate General in Erbil, US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, US Erbil Diplomatic Support Center.”
The “Quantity Estimated” is “100” and the “Unit of Measure” is “40’ Container.”
Merchandise “Section B.5 Sub-CLIN:84E” is “From Republic of Iraq to Western European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City, Nicosia)”
The “Quantity Estimated” is “5,000” and the “Unit of Measure” is “kilogram.”
Merchandise “Section B.5 Sub -CLIN:84 F” is “From Republic of Iraq to Eastern European Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Kosovo)”
The “Quantity Estimated” is “5,000” and the “Unit of Measure” is “kilogram.”
By far the most important classes for shipments are to the japanese US states: “From Republic of Iraq to the Unites [sp.] States Eastern Time-Zone – the following States: VT, ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, NY, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, WV, MI, OH, IN, KY, GA”
There are 11 such classes:
“Section B.5 Sub-CLIN:85A”
“Section B.5 Sub-CLIN:86A”
“Section B.6 Sub-CLIN:84A”
“Section B.6 Sub-CLIN:85A”
“Section B.6 Sub-CLIN:86A”
“Section B.7 Sub-CLIN:84A”
“Section B.7 Sub-CLIN:85A”
“Section B.7 Sub-CLIN:86A”
“Section B.8 Sub-CLIN:84A”
“Section B.8 Sub-CLIN:85A”
“Section B.8 Sub-CLIN:86A”
Every a type of eleven will obtain 30,000 kilograms, beneath the contract.
In every of the eleven, the merchandise will probably be going “From Republic of Iraq to the Unites [sp.] States Eastern Time-Zone – the following States: VT, ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, DC, NY, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, WV, MI, OH, IN, KY, GA”
That’s a complete of 330,000 kilograms. That’s 727,525 kilos, or 364 tons, that are going from the world’s largest Embassy, America’s in Baghdad, to America’s japanese states.
As well as, round one other 1,091,287 kilos are going from the Baghdad Embassy to different places all through the world.
The RFP, or Request For Proposal, informs its recipient that “The Contractor shall provide the services for the base period of the contract,” however “base period” isn’t outlined within the RFP. Nevertheless, the contract does specify that there shall be “a firm fixed unit price for any contract line item number in the Base Year,” and subsequently the obligations beneath any contract will proceed for a minimum of one yr, however probably longer (if renewed). Moreover, the “Type of Solicitation” right here isn’t “Sealed Bid (IFB),” however as an alternative “Negotiated (RFP),” which signifies that the US Authorities officers who’re “Soliciting” these gives will select whom to request to current a suggestion; and, if two or extra recipients are being approached and make a suggestion, then the US official will choose the winner that she or he prefers, and gained’t be required to settle for the lowest-priced one, however can as an alternative take some type of kickback, as lengthy as there isn’t a proof of getting completed that. It could simply be organized. Moreover, personal preparations bond the 2 events, even when the association is only a one-time deal, as a result of neither celebration will need the personal association to be made public, and if ever it does develop into public, then each events might be revealed as responsible; it’ll harm each events. Furthermore, since any contract could also be renewed, the offeror of the contract, which is the Embassy worker, holds the facility to have an effect on that — the size of time period, and every part that’s related to it, can be managed by the Embassy’s aspect, and never by the contractor’s aspect. And regardless of how temporary a contract-term could be, and regardless of what number of non-People may be signing any specific sort of contract throughout any given interval of years, not one of the personal events may have any motive to make public any kickback. Consequently, there’s each motive to maintain these preparations personal; and the Embassy worker will all the time be the extra highly effective one in any personal association that’s made with any contractor.
Prior RFPs are additionally on-line, for instance this one from 16 November 2014. The annual quantities appear to be pretty secure.
On 10 October 2007, whereas the US Embassy in Iraq was nonetheless constructing, the Congressional Analysis Service issued to Congress their report, “US Embassy in Iraq”, and it stated:
The US Ambassador to Iraq (at present Ambassador Ryan Crocker) has full authority for the American presence in Iraq with two exceptions: 1 — army and safety issues that are underneath the authority of Common Patraeus, the US Commander of the Multinational Drive-Iraq (MNF-I), and a couple of — employees working for worldwide organizations. In areas the place diplomacy, army, and/or safety actions overlap, the Ambassador and the US Commander cooperate to present co-equal authority relating to what’s greatest for America and its pursuits in Iraq.
By “Patraeus” it meant David Petraeus. He was the one that designed the torture-system that was utilized by his assistant James Steele and utilized in Iraq to extract from prisoners every part they knew about Saddam Hussein’s help to the 9/11 occasion. Petraeus subsequently turned a daily participant within the annual conferences of the personal and secretive Bilderberg group of representatives of the US and allied nations’ billionaires that represent The West’s Deep State. Prior to that, Petraeus and Steele had organized and instituted in El Salvador that Authorities’s death-squads, to eradicate opponents of US management over that nation.
Probably the most corrupt elements of the US Authorities are often within the army, as a result of your complete Protection Division isn’t audited. It’s as an alternative financially an unlimited darkish gap, even to US Senators and Representatives, and even to the US President. Solely members of the US Deep State may need an approximate concept of how a lot cash is getting ‘lost’ in it. In any case, the Deep State isn’t, in any respect, answerable to the general public. Because it operates in secret, it may well’t be. The results of the Deep State, nevertheless, can turn into public, and should contradict what’s proven in publicly obtainable paperwork and public statements, which have been circulated, to the general public, by the press. In any nation the place a Deep State guidelines, such contradictions, between public assertions and the precise outcomes, are so commonplace as hardly to be even information in any respect, if and once they seem, in any respect.
On 2 July 2017, the good investigative reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva headlined “350 Flights Carry Weapons Diplomatic for Terrorists”, and offered documentation of the US CIA’s intricate international community, which secretly “sends $1 billion worth of weapons” via many nations to jihadists in Syria to take down Syria’s Authorities. Iraq was talked about 6 occasions within the unique publication of her article, and is talked about 9 occasions in the 29 April 2018 up to date model. That secret US provide of weapons to jihadist teams to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and his secular, non-sectarian, Baathist Get together, is a secret operation, identical to the US State Division’s Baghdad Embassy’s operations are, and that Embassy might even be this specific operation’s headquarters.
The 200-page, December 2017, research, “Weapons of the Islamic State: A three-year investigation”, by Battle Armament Analysis Ltd., states in its Conclusion:
IS forces, like most non-state armed teams, purchase vital portions of weapons and ammunition on the battlefield… Proof introduced on this report, nevertheless, confirms that most of the group’s weapons — and notably its ammunition — are newly manufactured, having been delivered to the area because the begin of the Syrian battle in 2011. These weapons originate in transfers made by exterior events, together with Saudi Arabia and america, to disparate Syrian opposition forces arrayed towards the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Listed here are just some of the small print that this passage within the abstract was based mostly upon and summarizing:
On pages 36-9, it says:
CAR has documented and traced quite a few weapon techniques in service with IS forces. Many derive from shipments made to the US authorities, or to entities working underneath US authorities contracts. The USA has acknowledged its help to Syrian opposition forces, orchestrated primarily via resupply from the territories of Jordan and Turkey.26 All the shipments originated in EU Member States; typically, US retransfers (exports made after buy by the USA) contravened clauses in end-user certificates (EUCs) issued by america to EU provider governments. America signed these certificates prior to switch, said that it was the only finish consumer of the materiel, and dedicated not to retransfer the materiel with out the provider authorities’s prior consent. It didn’t notify the provider states involved earlier than [violating that, and] retransferring the materiel. …
On 21 December 2016, Jaysh al-Nasr, a Syrian armed opposition faction lively within the Hama Governorate of Syria, revealed a set of pictures of its fighters.29 In considered one of these, Jaysh al-Nasr fighters are working a 9M111MB-1 ATGW30 bearing an equivalent lot quantity and a serial quantity (365) shut in sequence to the one CAR documented (286) in Iraq, suggesting each have been a part of the identical provide chain. …
In Might 2015, Syrian YPG forces recovered a PG-7T 40 mm rocket from IS forces close to Al Hasakah, Syria, the place CAR documented it on 20 Might 2015. The Authorities of Bulgaria confirmed that it exported the merchandise to the US Division of the Military by means of the US firm Kiesler Police Provide. The appliance for the export licence was accompanied by the unique EUC issued by the US Division of the Military (with a non-re-export clause) as nicely as a supply verification certificates. The merchandise was exported on 23 June 2014.32 … CAR has but to obtain a reply to a hint request despatched to the USA relating to these rockets.
Web page 54 says:
Like the USA, Saudi Arabia has offered help to numerous factions within the Syrian battle, together with by way of the availability of weapons. Working with the Bulgarian authorities, CAR has traced quite a few gadgets deployed by IS forces to preliminary exports from Bulgaria to Saudi Arabia. These transfers have been uniformly topic to non-retransfer clauses concluded between Saudi Arabia and the Authorities of Bulgaria prior to export. On this respect, onward retransfers by Saudi Arabia of those weapons contravene its commitments to the Authorities of Bulgaria not to re-export the materiel in query with out Bulgaria’s prior consent.
Identical to within the case of the Baghdad Embassy’s agreements with contractors, the highly effective social gathering in any contract would be the get together whose aspect is paying (the customer), and never the social gathering whose aspect is supplying the service or items (the vendor). Cash all the time guidelines.
The CAR report, which was issued simply months after Dilyana Gaytandzhieva’s report, was completely in step with, and largely overlapped, hers. The US and Saudi Governments weren’t solely utilizing Al Qaeda as their essential proxy in southwestern Syria to lead the jihadist teams to overthrow Syria’s non-sectarian Authorities, however have been additionally utilizing ISIS in northeastern Syria as their major proxy forces there to overthrow Syria’s Authorities. After Russia’s entry into the conflict on 30 September 2015 on the aspect of Syria’s Authorities, America’s help to Al Qaeda in Syria (Al Nusra) continued so as to assist substitute that Authorities by one which might be managed by the Sauds. And America’s help to ISIS was virtually completely changed then by its help to ethnocentric Syrian Kurds within the northeast as the Syrian Democratic Forces, which have been preventing towards each the Authorities and ISIS. Russia, in fact, was towards each Al Qaeda-led jihadists and towards ISIS jihadists. (Turkey was towards ethnocentric Kurds, as a result of these individuals need to take a piece out of 4 nations: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The CIA edited and written Wikipedia’s article on Kurdistan conveniently doesn’t even make word of that key reality.) So: America was utilizing a posh mixture so as to take over Syria for the Sauds finally to management. However Russia’s entry into Syria’s air-war on 30 September 2015 has overcome that U.S-led and Saudi financed mixture towards Syria.
Would any secret facility, anyplace on the planet, be higher located to handle that operation, on America’s aspect, than America’s Baghdad Embassy?
So, the query then arises: who advantages from this monumental Embassy, and from the Deep State of which it’s a half? The American public definitely don’t.
Usually talking, the individuals who receives a commission to promote countless wars, such as sellers of the continually receding (propagandistic) “light at the end of the tunnel”, help persevering with if not intensifying such wars. Typical is the neoconservative (in foreign affairs) and neoliberal (in home affairs) David Bradley, who controls and is the Chairman of Atlantic Media, which publishes the neocon-neolib The Atlantic, and lots of different public-affairs magazines and web sites. His “Defense One” website posted, on 22 March 2018, from its Government Editor, “The War in Iraq Isn’t Done. Commanders Explain Why and What’s Next”, and closed with “‘We need to be very careful about rushing to the exit, and secure this win,’ said the senior US military official. ‘This is a significant win.’” The “senior US military official” wasn’t recognized, aside from to say that he “spoke only on background.” However, in fact, George W. Bush had already advised the world all about this “win,” again in 2003. Salespeople simply proceed their pitches; it’s what they’re paid to do, and they also by no means cease.
The annual army prices alone, for the US to maintain being, as its propaganda euphemistically places the matter, “policeman for the world” (such as, within the Syrian case, by the use of these proxy boots-on-the-ground warriors, the jihadists, and the ethnocentrists amongst Syria’s Kurds) are literally enough, even on their very own, to trigger America’s hovering federal debt — and that’s not a profit, however an excessive hurt, to the general public. Future generations of People can be paying the tab for this. And the prices for being “policeman for the world” are monumental. Even simply militarily, they’re over a trillion dollars each yr.
Although present US Protection Division budgets are round $700 billion yearly, the USA is definitely spending nearer to $1.2 trillion yearly on the army when all the nation’s army spending (such as for army retirements, that are paid by the Treasury Division not by the Protection Division) are factored in. The one individuals who profit from being “policeman for the world” are the billionaires of the US and (although to solely a lesser extent) of its allied nations. And, in fact, they pay their lobbyists and propagandists. It’s actually being policeman for these billionaires, who personal and management all the worldwide firms which are headquartered on this alliance. The US public isn’t paying the tab by any cash-and-carry foundation; as an alternative, future generations of People shall be paying the tab, for at the moment’s US-and-allied billionaires. These billionaires at present are the chief beneficiaries. It’s all being executed for them and their retinues. That’s why America’s Founders didn’t need there to be any “standing army” in any respect. They didn’t need there to be any permanent-war authorities. They needed army just for nationwide protection — not for any billionaires’ safety or ‘insurance policy’, or what may truly be publicly paid and armed thugs in service overseas as in the event that they have been the nation’s armed forces — when, in reality, they’re the armed forces for less than these billionaires and their servants. America’s Founders needed no army in any respect that serves the aristocracy. They needed no aristocracy, in any respect. They needed no “standing army” in any respect. They needed solely a army that protects the general public, when an actual army hazard, from overseas, to the home public, exists. In fact, that’s attainable solely in a democracy, however the US is not any democracy now, even when it may need been up to now.
On 11 December 2017, Montana State College headlined “MSU SCHOLARS FIND $21 TRILLION IN UNAUTHORIZED GOVERNMENT SPENDING; DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT FIRST-EVER AUDIT”, however the Pentagon’s promised audit has failed to materialize. A serious accounting agency was employed for the duty however quickly give up, saying that the Protection Division’s books have been too incomplete to proceed additional. Three days earlier than that article was revealed, a colleague of that MSU workforce headlined at Forbes, ”Has Our Authorities Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Cash With out Telling Us?” and stated that the reply was sure. All of this ‘lost’ cash was spent merely by the Division of Protection. Simply managing the more-than-a-thousand US army bases worldwide requires some huge cash. Any precise war-fighting provides to that US military-base value — the war-fighting prices are additional. These army bases and so on. are the “standing army.” Safety of our billionaires’ investments overseas, and of their entry to uncooked supplies in underdeveloped nations (such as to manufacture cellphones), is an enormously costly operation. Principally, the American public are massively subsidizing America’s billionaires. However solely future generations of People will probably be paying that debt — plus, in fact, the accrued curiosity on it.
The Division of Protection isn’t the one federal Division that has ever been unauditable. On 18 June 2013, Luke Johnson and Ryan Grim at Huffington Publish bannered “GAO Cannot Audit Federal Government, Cites Department Of Defense Problems” and opened: “The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that it could not complete an audit of the federal government, pointing to serious problems with the Department of Defense. Along with the Pentagon, the GAO cited the Department of Homeland Security as having problems so significant that it was impossible for investigators to audit it. The DHS got a qualified audit for fiscal year 2012, and is seeking an unqualified audit for 2013.” Nevertheless, on 17 November 2014, the Washington Publish headlined “Homeland Security earns clean audit two years running”, and Jerry Markon reported that, “For the second straight year, the Department of Homeland Security has achieved a much sought-after clean audit of its financial statements by an independent auditor.” Moreover: “for nearly all of its first decade of existence, DHS was unable to achieve a clean audit because it had been created by combining 22 federal agencies and components into one massive department. That led to inherent challenges.” That wasn’t the state of affairs on the Protection Division, which was far totally different. On eight December 2017, NPR headlined “Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense”, and opened: “‘The Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history,’ the Pentagon’s news service says.” Nevertheless, virtually as quickly as the auditing workforce started their work, they give up it, as a result of the Division’s books have been rubbish. Solely the DOD is like that — virtually completely corrupt.
On 2 October 2018, Venture Censored headlined “$21 Trillion in Unaccounted-for Government Spending from 1998 to 2015”. Nevertheless, it falsified. It opened: “Two federal government agencies, the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), may have accumulated as much as $21 trillion in undocumented expenses between 1998 and 2015.” None of that was truly HUD, it was 100% DOD. And all of “the alleged irregularities in DoD and HUD spending” weren’t merely “alleged,” however they have been, in reality, rigorously checked and repeatedly verified, and have been solely at DOD, regardless of what Challenge Censored revealed. This inaccuracy is essential. If individuals don’t know that DOD is the solely unaudited federal Division, then they will’t probably perceive why that’s the case. The rationale it’s the case, is that nearly all the “waste, fraud, and abuse” within the US federal authorities is at the Protection Division. It has by no means been auditable. How a lot do America’s ‘news’-media report this actuality?
DOD is persistently, yr after yr, and decade after decade, the federal Division or federal or native governmental perform, that Gallup’s polling has proven to be extra revered by the US public than is another. (It’s recognized there as “The military”. It beats, for examples: “The Supreme Court,” “Congress,” “The public schools,” “The presidency,” “The police,” and “The criminal justice system.”) Probably the most corrupt isn’t probably the most despised; it’s the reverse — it’s the most revered.
Secret authorities tends to be pricey for taxpayers, and in addition tends to add quite a bit to the governmental debt. An unauditable governmental division, such as the Protection Division is, can’t perform, in any respect, with out an unlimited quantity of corruption. This is the truth about America’s army. Nevertheless, there’s a lot propaganda contradicting it. The news-media additionally serve those self same billionaires.
How doubtless, then, is it, that America’s Baghdad Embassy serves the US public? It definitely doesn’t serve the Iraqi public. Nevertheless it does serve the individuals — whomever they’re — who management the US Authorities. And that’s the Deep State. That’s the truth, however what’s promoted is fantasyland. And this fantasyland, which is promoted, known as “American democracy”. Simply ask Massive Brother, and he’ll inform you all about it. He all the time does.