A $5bn (£2.5bn) tourism and development scheme for the Green Zone being hatched by the Pentagon and an international investment consortium would give the heavily fortified area on the banks of the Tigris a "dream" makeover that will become a magnet for Iraqis, tourists, business people and investors. About half of the area is now occupied by coalition forces, the US state department or private foreign companies.
The US military released the first tentative artists' impression yesterday. An army source said the barbed wire, concrete blast barriers and checkpoints that currently disfigure the 5 sq mile area would be replaced by shopping malls, hotels, elegant apartment blocks and leisure parks. "This is at the end of the day an Iraqi-owned area and we will give it back to them with added value," said the source, who requested anonymity.
Yep, that value is what they are looking for these days in Baghdad. They have MBA's running around the Pentagno now!
According to several stories, military planners have apparently dubbed the golf course portion of the development, "Tigris Woods Golf and Country Club."
I'm sure Tiger, with his family ties to the military and respect for the service of our troops, will find that to be really, really cute.