Saturday, November 27, 2021
Harry Dunn Case: Next Hearing December 1, and the Damages $ May Be Severely Disappointing
New Embassy Compound Beirut - Why Will it Take a Decade and a Billion $$$ ?
New photos of the construction process of the massive US embassy in Lebanon. It is expected to be finished in 2023.— Lebanese News and Updates (@LebUpdate) November 25, 2021
The embassy would be one of the biggest in the world, built on 43-acres.
Photos by: @ftn001 pic.twitter.com/mKqB3TuywV
Part of me is thrilled to no end that U.S. Embassy Beirut will, sooner or later, move out of its dinky and haphazard present facilities in East Beirut and into a big, purpose-built, New Embassy Complex. That is an occasion we've been waiting for ever since the previous embassy was destroyed by a suicide truck bomb in 1983, and then the East Beirut embassy annex itself was partially destroyed by a second suicide bomber in 1984.
1983? 1984? What a long time ago. How many current State Department employees had not yet been born in those years? That replacement embassy has been a long time coming.
Not to spoil my good mood, but what explains the insanely long time between the start of the project and its projected completion date?
Monday, November 15, 2021
Speaking of Plans, Does VP Harris Have One?
Bruh… Kamala Harris is speaking with a fake French accent to French scientists.. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/2HPrYvl8xh— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) November 11, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
A Case Study of Indifference and Immunity
CM: You were in Moscow from ‘78 to ’79. Was your posting for just one year? NS: No, it should have been two years, but I had a car accident that the Russians held me responsible for, so I didn’t go back after my summer holiday. It was thought better for me not to go back. It happened in Moscow. I think it was a genuine accident, but it appeared that the person whom I hit ran into the road and was probably drunk at the time. I don’t think to this day that it was my fault, but that was their conclusion and of course it was done at a time when the overall relationship was under some pressure and there were lots of extraneous noises off, so it fell into a pattern of difficulty of that kind. The atmospherics in the relationship had been difficult in any event. There had been visa problems and everything else. It wasn’t entirely surprising that they would take advantage of that to cause a bit of minor dislocation on our side. So I stayed in London and as a result of that, because I wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise, I got involved in the Lancaster House negotiations on Rhodesia, which were starting in the autumn of ’79.
"It was thought better for me not to go back."
Simple as that. Official indifference on the UK's part, and on Russia's part no criminal charges, extradition request, appeal for waiver of immunity, lawsuit, insurance settlement, media circus, or years of political grandstanding.