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  •  Agree with your last sentence (0+ / 0-)

    I dont know if the large numbers are justified either.

    But I also dont think you can compare Iraq to most countries. Given the security situation in the country, diplomats would never more security than at a typical embassy. Also, given the fragility of the country, there might more US civilians(like from USAID) in Iraq than in Luxembourg.

    So overall, there would be more people at the embassy in Iraq than in other countries.

    •  But, in fact, Michael McClellan... (0+ / 0-)

      ...spokesman for the embassy had some words on this:

      " McClellan said that "the U.S. Embassy in Iraq need this number of workers to the large size of the relations between Iraq and the United States, as well as the size of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq," pointing out that the Strategic Framework Agreement that was signed between the two countries talked about the cooperation in various fields, including diplomatic cooperation, health, culture and environment. " He said McClellan that "the size of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq commensurate with the Convention", stressing that "this number of employees at the Embassy of America in Iraq similar to the number of employees at U.S. embassies in some countries such as Germany, Mexico and Japan.

      Bullshit about the comparative size.

      The surest way to predict the future is to invent it. — Stephen Post. [Me at Twitter.]

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 11:27:29 PM PST

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