Staggering sums of money are being committed by the US to military bases in an economic climate when one have thought some sort of prudence might be in order.
America is spending a colossal US$102 billion on maintaining bases around the world.
TomDispatch.com reports in "How to Deal with America's Empire of Bases" on the cost of the bases and the most recent decision to commit some US$736 to a new "embassy" in Pakistan:
"The U.S. Empire of Bases -- at $102 billion a year already the world's costliest military enterprise -- just got a good deal more expensive. As a start, on May 27th, we learned that the State Department will build a new "embassy" in Islamabad, Pakistan, which at $736 million will be the second priciest ever constructed, only $4 million less, if cost overruns don't occur, than the Vatican-City-sized one the Bush administration put up in Baghdad. The State Department was also reportedly planning to buy the five-star Pearl Continental Hotel (complete with pool) in Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan, to use as a consulate and living quarters for its staff there."