That is a picture of the former US Embassy and MNF-I HQ, not the new one that was just completed.
I worked in the North Ballroom, at the top center of the picture. I was a staff pogue at MNF-I, fighting the war one PowerPoint briefing at a time. My hootch was located off this picture, to the upper right.
Since the Embassy is supposed to be considered US territory, we should ensure no stone is left standing on another after the last helo dusts off. Assuming we have a National Command Authority that prioritizes US interests.
Confirmed. Those are pix of the front of the Republican Palace and the swimming pool behind it.
Butch: Wretchard discusses the issue in detail.
My take: don't bet on it.
I don't think they're going in the for the pools and bars. There's probably a who's who on every spook and shadow working the region. More records than they know what to do with. That might be part of the deal: "... comes completely furnished ..."
If they aren't melted down by now they are not gonna be, but there will be a lot of night riders.
Carter would not attack Khomeini.
Reagan withdrew from Lebanon after a truck bomb.
GHWB left Saddam in power after he invaded Kuwait.
Clinton would not kill or capture Bin Laden.
GWB campaigned saying the US military was not for nation building, and then wasted the military on nation building in Crapistan.
Left & Establishment Right have agreed to scrub all mentions of Islam from govt training materials. Left & Establishment Right pretend Muslims are little different from Presbyterians, but with an Arab book and Arab prophet.
The activists on The Left will not see anything they don't agree with.
The passive-ists on The Right are happy to understand things, but they will never act on their belief.
Now put it all together in 10 words or less.
“Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius."
Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.
Yo ghost: eight words in Latin, eleven in English. Split the difference with you.
Chas: 8 in English.
Kill'em all. Let God sort'em out.
The pictures of "the US Embassy in Iraq" are NOT the current Embassy. Those pictures are likely of a palace that serves as the Embassy and Military HQ up till about 4 years ago.
It will not matter if the embassy is a palace or a shithouse. When the mob reaches the gates they will secure the armory and the intel rooms complete with backups. All else will be burned to the ground. If it was me on the ground there, I'd save the last round for myself.