Michael Totten

Four Modest Proposals

By Michael J. Totten
Dan Simmons (the science fiction writer) has written a fascinating and well-informed essay about four ways we can get out of Iraq.
It isn’t possible for anyone to agree that all four options are good ones. They’re contradictory (and absurd) on purpose. But the whole thing is a delightful and thought-provoking out-of-the-box read by a clearly intelligent person.
It’s impossible to excerpt this piece. You really just need to read it.
I can’t resist, though, revealing his third modest proposal: Give the keys of Iraq to the Iranians and join the insurgency. It’s a terrible idea. But it’s a modest proposal, not a serious one, and it works both as a joke and as a strictly intellectual exercise.