Originally posted by REASON
Years pass and what seems to come out of nowhere is a terrorist attack on a city in the United States. A major city is completly destroyed. A nuclear
device has been detonated.
...You are President.....what would you do?
I've thought about this sort of situation before. Admittedly, I have a God Complex, and plans for World Domination someday, so you need to bear this
in mind for my answer. There are also a huge number of X-Factors involved here, such as the threat level from other nations and the degree of civil
unrest afterward. So, I will have to make a number of assumptions.
After such a tragedy on American soil, there would doubtless be a huge backlash towards whatever ethnic group the press had posted up as their primary
suspect. If this were in the near-future, then most likely, it would be those of Middle-Eastern descent (this is not a personal accusation, just
stating the obvious assumption, since they're the ones with the most reason to be mad at us right now). However, it could be any group at all, even
Whitey... so we'll just call them Minority Group X.
Minority Group X would not the the only ones to suffer the civil backlash... doubtless there would be those who resemble Group X closely enough to be
caught up in the confusion and mass-hysteria.
Now here would be a very tough choice, because if history has taught us anything, it has shown that kicking America is like throwing rocks at a
hornet's nest. We're a warmongering nation, I'm afraid. I'm not proud of that fact, but I'm not ashamed of it either... It's just one of those
facts of life--as a nation, we can't go 25 years without being in some kind of war...it's just not natural for us to be in a state of peace.
But do I really want to start WWIII with nukes?
Nahh... Why use Nukes when we have "clean bombs" that can eradicate an entire population and leave structures intact?
My mentality would probably be along the lines of this:
* THE HOMEFRONT - I'd address the nation immediately, without a teleprompter, and with open questions. Any reasonable questions I couldn't answer by
the press, I would assure them I'd have answers as soon as possible, and then I'd make a point to find them out. If there were some things, for
security reasons, that I couldn't answer, I'd simply say so, instead of dodging the questions or buttering it up.
I'd then go before the nation and state that all looters, rioters, and such will be shot on site, invoking the old rules of Marshall Law. If people
want to hate each other on their own time, that's fine, as Americans, they have the freedom to hate whoever they want, even me, but I'll be damned
if they're going to start tearing up my country.
To enforce this, emergency funding would be provided to all state troopers to deputize as many as were needed, with the ability to trickle-down to
local police departments for faster response. National Guard would be deployed to places known for rioting in the past, such as Los Angeles, New York,
* THE HUNT - I'd give my agents free reign to use ANY AND ALL means neccesary to track down the appropriate parties. If this meant throwing the
Geneva Convention out the window, or outright assassinations, I'd grant them the immunity needed to find out "Who Dunnit" and get proof. Fabricated
proof would not be allowed. Full cooperation with organizations like INTERPOL would be put into effect. Any nation that offered to share their
intelligence would be allowed, but it would all be taken with a grain of salt. After all, they might implicated anyone they want.
If no proof of any one person or organization or country could be found, at all, I'd begin the Road to Peace and Isolation. Otherwise, To War!!!
OPTION #1 - TO WAR!!! - With the proof we needed to narrow it down to a particular group, we'd find out which country it came from and inform them
they are no longer fit to govern their country until this group was eradicated. No mucking about, all our troops would be pulled from their posts,
around the world, so we would have sufficient numbers to invade. A message around America would be circulated that, while anti-war protests are fine
and legal, interfering with military action is not, and anyone who wishes to fly and use themselves as a human shield against the enemy in protest
against war will be considered nothing more than landscape. No compensation will be given to their family, and the human shields would go down in the
books as traitors, assuming the missiles stop to ask names. To the world, I would announce the proof of the attack, the reason for the invasion, and I
would invite our allies to join in, but if they chose not to get involved, I would understand, and no hard feelings would be given... our armed forces
and technology are more than sufficient against one country at a time, allies or not.
We would make token efforts at not killing civilians, but a Swordfish-approach would be taken to insurgents. I would make it well known, across the
country, that ANY insurgency would be dealt with in such horrible terms as to make it unthinkable. If we came in and occupied a city, and we got
another Fallujah (sp?), I'd pull the forces out, and bombard the city with oxygen bombs, killing everyone inside. This would happen, city after city,
until either the thought of firing at my soldiers became such a horrible fear that the resistance was quelled, or until there were no cities left to
destroy, and the road was clear to our real enemy...the organization that bombed us.
We would attempt to take as many of them alive as possible, but the rules of engagement would be lethal if at all neccesary. Any survivors of the evil
organization would be brought back to America. As soon as we obtained them, if there was any government or cities left in the country we invaded,
we'd offer no assistance. That would only encourage them to allow it to happen again. We would instead leave the promise that we will never again
bother them, provided no more attacks come from their country. Their punishment for allowing such an organization to exist on their soil has already
happened, and the end of it is that they must rebuild with no assistance from us.
The Evil Org members taken alive would be made into a TV spectacle so horrific that it would make even the most hardened terrorist blanch. The Geneva
Convention would have already been thrown out by this point, so we'd set up a sattelite broadcast, synchronized around the world with whomever wants
to carry it, and live streaming on the intranet. Some members would be tortured in ways not even conceivable by a sane mind... others would be thrown
into a room with the survivors of the victims. Perhaps a new Reality Show would come from this, and once a week you'd see what happens to the next
Then, once every last member was dead, we'd begin the Road to Peace and Isolation...
OPTION #2 - ROAD TO PEACE AND ISOLATION - All international policing and involvement with the practices of other governments would cease. Israel and
Palestine, India and Pakistan, South Korea and North Korea... all these places would be left to their own devices. I would remove all excuses for
future terrorists to target us. As we left, the message around the world would be "Fine, we're no longer going to do anything to your country other
than trade. Other than financial arrangements, you're on your own. Therefore, the next attack that happens will be seen as an act of war by the
country it originated from, and that country will be obliterated. Not occupied...obliterated." We'd keep our armed forces up through their terms, to
help rebuild America. Once their terms were up, I'd cut them into a number reasonable enough to take on any one country, and dump the excess money
into unmanned weapons of mass destruction, because I'd mean it.
So far, we're talking about one month's worth of time. Like I said, no mucking about, or worrying about collateral damage, civilian casualties, or
even basic human rights. Once a nuke goes off on our soil, all bets are off. With our resources and a disregard for those things, a lot can be done,
very very quickly.
Anyway, that would leave me my entire term of office to begin building my enormous army of unmanned weapons, and with the money saved from having our
troops overseas now entirely into military research, we would be so technologically superior as to make anyone else look like primates in comparison.
Work on everything from zero point energy to antigravity to flying robots with laser beams and
would be created.
I would then enact a Constitutional amendment to forbid the U.S. from taking any military action outside of its own country, unless an attack against
the United States was waged, at which point the U.S. would have full unlimited authority to destroy the dirty bastages what did it. Military Alliances
with outher countries would end, replaced with new trade treaties. The entire focus of the U.S. would be shifted away from War and move toward
Research, Commerce, and Production (in that order). The only way anyone would be able to have a beef with us is if they attaked us...
...then I'd begin to enact my plans for World Domination.
[edit on 12/8/2004 by thelibra]