but we'll stay for the shopping!
In a story reported by the Associated Press over the weekend, the Pentagon has big plans for the green zone in Baghdad. Not right away, of course, but within five years or so, not only will we have the biggest embassy ever built anywhere to monitor relations with this two-bit little country we invaded, but our diplomats, soldiers and contractors will be able to afford gracious living at a lovely mall. Doesn't it look nice? In the artist's rendition, the people are those lumpy white objects. I don't think the artist was trying to insinuate that Americans are fat, but more that full body armor is bulky.
Obviously, this is meant to be an upscale mall, not one of those with skater kids hanging around the food court. I imagine that Macy's and Nordstrom's will be fighting over the honor of being the anchor store. Since it will be five years from now, I don't expect the Macy's/Nordstrom battle to be high intensity, but more along the lines of a dead body showing up about once a month, twice tops, lots of bluster and constant threats of peace talks. The sort of thing that's unfortunate, but not front page news.
Who should mediate these disputes? Well, Condi Rice will be out a job by then. If the mall has a top end shoe store, I'm sure she'd be willing to step in and iron out any difficulties. After all, if the Macy's/Nordstrom war should spill over into a Ferragamo/Jimmy Choo armed struggle, the consequences would be shattering.