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Who wants to spend $511 MILLION to expand the Kabul embassy and show our long standing commitment to Afghanistan?

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America's long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

"We make this commitment by commemorating the recent award of a $511 million contract to expand the U.S. Embassy here in Kabul," Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said during a ceremony at the construction site that marked the formal announcement of the contract.

"We're going to get a day when that embassy's up and there's not going to be these barriers out there, there's no barbed wire, there's not going to be all kinds of obstacles out there," Eikenberry said.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:37 PM on Nov. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • This friendship with Afghanistan has been around since 1990 when we helped defend them against Russians. Now we are still over there, mainly because they have OIL and some new discoveries of "minerals". Makes sense doesn't it.

    Yah,I don't want another dime spent over there and I want our troops home NOW.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 4:20 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • NOT ME!! Didn't Cheney already "show our commitment" to Iraq with the same building? Didn't the current administration complain about the waste of it?

    Answer by urkiddingright at 3:41 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • Currently the road to the embassy, located in downtown Kabul, is blocked by large concrete barriers and the building is surrounded by armed security guards.

    "This next generation of Afghans growing up, we hope that they come to this embassy, they're welcome here and this is going to be the new normal for Kabul," he added.

    Eikenberry's remarks come amid Afghan concerns that the proposal to begin drawing down U.S. forces by July 2011 could leave Afghanistan alone to fight the Taliban insurgency.

    Many Afghans felt abandoned by the U.S. after 1989, when the Soviet Union withdrew its army from Afghanistan and U.S. support to mujahedeen fighters dried up. The country sank into years of brutal civil war


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:37 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • I dont want to build ANYTHING in ANY other country,,,


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:41 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • The Obama administration has been throwing money at them, hoping they will see things our way, the only problem is, they also get buckets full of money from Iran. And since we've already told them we'll be getting out soon, what do you think will happen then?

    Answer by SweetLuci at 4:14 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • The Obama administration has been throwing money at them

    LOL..Yea, Bush didn't give then money barrells or Wheel barrels full/...Billiobs missing....loll.....OK


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:15 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • don't care

    Answer by Jambo4 at 5:07 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

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