I just read a news story that said the State Department has sent video tapes of last year’s embassy bombing “to every U.S. embassy, more than 250…” Now I thought I understood that the embassy is the official residence of the ambassador and you establish one per country. If there’s a need to represent your citizens elsewhere in a country you establish a local consulate. So I guess I’m wending my way toward two questions here:
I realize that this decade has seen a lot of independent soveriegnties pop up out of what had been one larger one, but are we really up to 250 countries in the world? My only handy source lists 205, (including Peurto Rico and Hong Kong listed as countries) and may be out of date.
Do I misunderstand the deal w/embassies and consulates; i.e., do we have multiple embassies in some countries?
I realize an alternate explanation would be that the news story was sloppy with details.