The planned $600 million consulate in the Kurdish-Iraqi city of Erbil. Image: DoD
U.S. influence in Iraq is waning, Islamic State is by no means defeated
After the war against the Hussein regime, the U.S. was apparently confident of playing a central role in Iraq, despite the high level of resistance from Sunni fighters and terrorists, supported by numerous police, military, and intelligence officers of the Hussein regime who were released to clean up the mess. An expression of this was the construction of the world’s largest and most expensive U.S. embassy in Baghdad to date – also "Palace of George W." called – , albeit in the highly secured Green Zone. Started as early as 2004, after Bush’s optimistic declaration of victory. The Bush administration had spent $1.3 billion on the fortress complex on a site of more than 40 acres, or 400.000 square meters in the fortress, Congress eliminated half of it, but the cost increased to at least 750 million.