"Burning Bush" by Steve Payne and Scott Palter
Author says: what if Saddam was not bluffing? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
March 17:on this day in 2003 US
President Jeb Bush set a forty-eight hour deadline for Saddam Hussein and his
two sons Uday and Qusay to surrender and leave Iraq. Instead, they invoke the
Samson option, so-called from the biblical character who broke the pillars
supporting the roof of the temple of Dagon to bring it crashing down upon the
heads of his enemies as well as himself.
The long-running conflict between the two nations developed into a dynastic struggle ten years earlier. Because in April 1993, seventeen people triggered a car bomb that killed former President George H.W. Bush during a visit to Kuwait to commemorate the coalition's victory over Iraq in the Gulf War. Through interviews with the suspects and examinations of the bomb's circuitry and wiring, the FBI established that the plot had been directed by the Iraqi Intelligence Service. A Kuwaiti court later convicted all but one of the defendants.
"We need to get Saddam Hussein .. that Motherf***er that took out our Dad" ~ Jeb's brother Dubya
prospect that America would soon elect Bush's vengeful son appeared remote in
the extreme. Admittedly his 1994 election as Governor of Floria was due in
part to his martyred father, a campaign boost which had neutralised a social
security scandal threatening his candidacy. But more importantly,
transformative historical processes were underway. After Clinton resigned in
disgrace, Al Gore's ineffectual performance had discredited his own campaign
platform. John McCain's 2000 campaign fell apart. And Bush Senior's team
rallied around Jeb creating a credible government in waiting.
Three years later, and with coalition forces massed on the border poised to strike, the elite Republican Guard units were equipped with protection against chemical weapons. The only question now was whether Saddam would delay using his doomsday weapons until the coalition forces penetrated the sprawling outer suburbs of Baghdad. Committed to respond to a CBW attack with the use of nuclear weapons, such a dastardly approach would eliminate the use of battlefield missiles. Because then Bush would be called upon to authorise the nuclear bombing of Baghdad.
Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.