The opportunity of a lifetime! The government is paying up to $144,000 for a "business development/tourism" expert to "work with private sector businesses and local governments in fostering business development with a particular focus on tourism and related services."
The 13-month job also offers a 35 percent "danger pay" premium and other bonuses because it's based in Baghdad.
Yes, as the surge continues to calm things, the State Department figures it's time for the tourists to show up. But Iraqi tourism has been on the skids for many years and jump-starting projects will not be easy.
So one of your jobs will be "recognizing and reporting on obstacles to business development" -- small-arms fire, roadside bombs, for example -- and to be "a catalyst for new ideas."
So, dear readers, should I apply for this job? Why or why not?
BTW, I could always use P.J. O'Rourke's slogan "see the ruins".