Here is part 3C (I think, I might lose track). Again, if you can't comment on the war studies portion of this futurism, instead constantly visualize
YOUR place in all of this. That is, where will you be when each of these events occur and what your true-to-life reactions will be when these events
take place. You don't have to put them into a post, but most certainly do think about them and vizualize it. Do you all think you can make it through
2009, if this is the way it will turn out?
Continuing on Christmas, December 25, 2009:
President Obama delivers a statement from the Oval Office, declaring December 26 a national day of mourning. As a result, all businesses and Wall
Street will be closed for an extra day and all throughout the weekend. He calls the attack a “despicable act” and pledges to keep a military force
in Saudi Arabia, much to the dismay of many Americans. Obama admits the country “has never been worse off,” but urges them to try to appreciate
the things in their lives that are going well (such as having avoided World War III on numerous occasions) and to make some attempt to celebrate
Christmas. He ends his speech with good wishes:
“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may God always bless America.”
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI performs Christmas Mass at the Vatican, but the air is extremely heavy with reverence and sorrow. With thousands in
attendance and millions watching around the world, the Pope looks skyward and confesses “the sins of six billion people” and asks the Lord for
forgiveness and mercy and asks that “He would spare the world from further bloodshed and harm.” It certainly is a Christmas like no other.
1230 EST, Friday, December 25, 2009: A ten-minute video is released by Khalid al-Aziz praising the attack on Ras Tanura and the U.S. troops, calling
the attack a success and stating “the best is yet to come.” He talks about the price the U.S. and the rest of the West continue to pay for their
constant meddling in the Middle East and if they do not get the message now, they will never get it. On a day of religious celebration, he ends the
video with “Allahu Akbar!”
2359 EST, Friday, December 25, 2009: What will go down in history as “The Nightmare on Christmas” finally comes to an end. The body count has
stabilized, but it is still very high. The damage to Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure is extensive and it is clear the insurgency has won a major
victory. All the people of the world can do is hope this was not the last Christmas.
Saturday, December 26, 2009: The Secretary of Defense expresses concern over the availability of fuel for the military the attack on Iran if ordered.
Obama assures the Secretary of Defense that if military action is approved, the armed forces will have whatever it needs to carry out its mission. The
military is not optimistic about the overall logistical situation, however. The uncertainty of fuel supplies is at the top of the list, but analysts
and planners also remind both SECDEF and the JCS of a perilous shortage of spare parts and munitions. Whether or not this logistical crisis will be
cataclysmic rides on how quickly and decisively the Coalition achieves victory against Iran.
Realizing he has very little time left to continue hemming and hawing about the situation, President Obama orders the Fleet Response Plan to be
activated in full and in secrecy. The Enterprise strike group, which is already patrolling the Persian Gulf, is to be joined by five more carriers
within the next ninety days. The George Washington (CVN-73) strike group, currently in the Indian Ocean near Diego Garcia, sets course for the Gulf of
Oman. The Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) strike group prepares to enter the Red Sea via the Suez Canal. The Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and George H.W. Bush
(CVN-77) strike groups prepare to depart NS Norfolk, VA. Finally, the Nimitz (CVN-68), which has just completed an exercise near the Midway Islands
(where it encountered UFOs), is ordered back to Pearl Harbor, where it will take on supplies and by early afternoon Sunday, she and her strike group
is steaming west at flank speed for the Gulf. This would give the U.S. and the Coalition six carrier strike groups to attack Iran with. The Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are also being prepped to deploy within ninety days, if needed.
Later in the day, Obama issues a directive to the U.S. Department of State to have all U.S. nationals in Saudi Arabia leave the country immediately.
The State Department encourages both Americans and other citizens of the world to either leave the country and/or not to travel to Saudi Arabia for
any reason. Rumors are abound in the press that U.S. troops will, contrary to initial statements, be in fact withdrawn shortly thereafter, but the
White House refuses to comment on the matter.
0128 EST, Sunday, December 27, 2009: A series of mysterious lights are seen in the night sky all over Oahu, Hawaii, mainly in the area of Honolulu.
Operational security (OPSEC) becomes a major concern as a result of these sightings, particulary with the Nimitz encountering UFOs a few days
0550 EST, Sunday, December 27, 2009: President Obama is woken up early by White House staff to the news that the South Korean government has just
apprehended four agents of a North Korean sleeper cell in Seoul. Throughout the day in South Korea, intelligence and law enforcement agencies had been
scrambling when they received intelligence of a sleeper cell about to go active for reasons unknown. Entire city blocks were cordoned off, the subway
system shut down, all in a desperate attempt to find the agents.
In yet another emergency meeting with the NSC, the C.I.A. advises that this sleeper cell may have been part of a larger operation aimed at attacking
or destabilizing the south. Out of fears of a North Korean incursion, the NSC agrees that measures must be taken to counter any attempt by the north
to exploit this moment of chaos or any operation that may be ongoing at the time.
This presents a challenging situation for the NSC, however. With six carriers committed to the Gulf and two still ninety days from deployment, a
limited amount of forces are availiable for deployment to Korea. Whatever units are deployed to the region will quite possibly have to deal with any
contingency, large or small, on their own until the Iran crisis is resolved. Obama decides, with the military still at DEFCON 3 from the days earlier,
to order the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) CVSG, currently at a port-of-call in Perth, Australia, to set sail immediately to the East China Sea, just south of
the Korean Peninsula. Various media outlets speculate the warships of the task force have been armed with tactical nuclear weapons for use in case the
North Koreans invade the south. In addition to the carrier, two E-3C Sentry AWACS planes of the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron from Tinker Air
Force Base, Oklahoma, are directed to deploy to Osan Air Base, Korea to provide better surveillance of North Korean airspace.
0930 EST, Monday, December 28, 2009: Wall Street reopens for business with an implosion. With plunging stocks and gas prices peaking at $8, along with
renewed fears of a major global conflict with the addition of the Korean crisis, President Obama authorizes the release of a portion of the Strategic
Petroleum Reserve. By the end of the day, there is a 50 cent drop in prices, but this is clearly not much relief.
Monday, December 28, 2009 - Thursday, December 31, 2009: The last few days of 2009 are thankfully quiet, although world tensions have not relaxed one
bit. The Truman strike group arrives on-station in the Red Sea, while the Washington group joins the Enterprise in the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz
continues on its way to the Gulf, while Vinson begins patrolling the East China Sea. U.S. troops continue to slowly pull out of Iraq, while others
take their place in Iraq and Kuwait in preparation for a move into Khuzestan.
On New Year's Eve, for the first time 1903, the ball will not drop. In fact, all New Year's Eve festivities from New York to Los Angeles are
canceled this time around, citing security concerns and the realization the country is not in the mood for a New Year's celebration. Instead, as they
did for Thanksgiving and Christmas, people once again stay at home, shivering in the cold, with friends and family, watching television programs that
conduct a year in review. And what a year 2009 has been! One program focuses specifically on Obama's first year in office, concluding that Obama has
dealt with more crises and trials in a single year than have most presidents throughout all of their term(s). Some cite concerns about burn-out, while
others make comparisons between Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.
The review of the year's music and pop culture takes a back seat to domestic and international events, from the tanking economy, unaffordable gas
prices, attempted nuclear terrorism, the impending war with Iran, coming within thirty seconds of nuclear war with China, severe widespread civil
disorder, the slow withdrawal from Iraq, the Saudi Arabian insurgency's warpath, social upheaval, and now the beginnings of a crisis in Korea.
As the clock strikes twelve, Keith Olbermann, in his "Year in Review" edition of "Countdown," ends his Special Comment with what has become a
well-known fact and a wish:
"And so, the worst year of our lives has finally come to an end. We can only hope and pray the years to come will never force upon us the trials and
tribulations we have endured for the past 365 days. Yet, in a bittersweet ironic manner, our endurance may have revealed a side to us we can all be
proud of. A side of faith, a side of strength, a side that said 'this is not over. We will make it through the night.'" I pray indeed, that we have
made it through the night."
"Good night, good luck, and Happy New Year."
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