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  • One of the most expensive U.S. embassies ever built is set to open next month

    But Obama cuts Medicare...

    Who ordered this montrosity? Congress, that's who. In 2011, Congress ruled that all U.S. embassies must sit behind a 100-foot "seclusion zone" in order to protect staff and visitors.

    One of the most expensive U.S. embassies ever built is set to open next month in London

    http://beta.latimes.com/world/europe...222-story.html



    It looms large over the River Thames, with its cubic design and plethora of environmentally friendly features.

    The shiny new U.S. Embassy in London — an imposing 12-story structure — is set to open next month.

    Years in the planning, the embassy comes with a hefty price tag.

    The budget for the entire project, including site, development, design and construction, cost approximately $1 billion, making it one of the most expensive U.S. embassies ever built.

    Compounds in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Baghdad cost more, but those embassies require far more elaborate security operations than London.


    The project has been financed without taxpayer money, thanks to the sale of other U.S. government properties in London, including the Grosvenor Square embassy site, which was bought by the Qatari royal family to be turned into a luxury hotel.

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    This is more hype than story. Sounds like a bigass building in a strategic and inherently expensive location which was financed by consolidating multiple locations.

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