I blew my chance to be on the payroll with everyone else!
I just got a call from one [name left out for fear of acts of vengeance for having blogged this], from the U.S. State Department. He wanted to consult with me about improving the Iraqi economy. He told me he got my name from [a certain Washington think tank with a libertarian reputation], as an expert in near eastern economic development.
I told him that my consulting fee was $400 per hour. He didn't bat an eyelash at that. But then I said that as I was opposed to the US being in Iraq, I was only interested in consulting with him on how the US govt could get out as quickly as possible. He said, "Oh, ho!" thanked me for my opinion, and hung up.