Mock Security Crisis Media Report for National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy
During the mock crisis in which 20 high school students participated, all with different roles: some were problem-solvers and some were problem-causers. (Skip to the last paragraph for that.) I was the media member working back channels and running between Cabinet departments to get the story straight for the American people the next morning. I aced it, but alas my work was undone by technology: I had to hastily hand-write the report so it could be copied and distributed the next morning. No one could read my cursive [no surprise for those of you who have seen it before], and I was not given the opportunity to read my media report aloud until after Congress had voted on the Executive Branch’s resolutions. Well, surely I’m not the first journalist to suffer such a fate.
Soon after revealing his foreign policy objective to the American public, the President was bombarded with crises in both the foreign and domestic spheres. Within two hours, President Smith faced reports that North Korea had nuclear weapons, an unidentified terrorist cell had kidnapped U.S. civilians and soldiers in Azerbaijan, Russia had initiated military action in Armenia, and there were crippling environmental protests in California. Also, his relationships with several key Cabinet members broke down. The sheer scope of the action had the government working through the night.
At press time, the government says reports of nuclear weapons in North Korea and the terrorist cells are unconfirmed. The U.S. Navy is sending aircraft carriers to North Korea to guard against attack and ensure the superiority of American forces. The National Security Advisor confirmed reports of an Islamic Uzbek terrorist cell within Bahir, the capital of Azerbaijan. The explosion of a facility within the capital was connected to the group. A member of al-Qaeda is suspected to be with them.
Elsewhere in Azerbaijan, four U.S. citizens, two members of special forces and two civilians, were captured. Two of them are assumed dead. These reports come from an intelligence report given to the Washington Times-Herald and confirmed by the Department of Defense. Russia and Armenia are performing joint training exercises outside Azerbaijan’s border, and Russia has occupied Armenia and Azerbaijan with peacekeeping forces according to the State Department’s intelligence reports.
These developments shelved initial U.S. plans to send 150 Rangers to the Caucasus to train local fighters in military and defense procedures. These and other U.S. actions in the area would be paid for by the national emergency monetary fund, according to Congress. The government is already in deficit.
Early in the day, environmentalists protested U.S. speculation of Alaskan oil by parking their vans in the Los Angeles freeway and deflating their tires. According to the Speaker of the House, over 400 people caught in traffic called and complained. The governor of California sent the National Guard to quell the situation.
Recent events also exposed a lack of unity among the President’s staff. State Department officials, disgruntled because of the President’s supposed reliance on military action, accused the Department of Defense of a homosexual scandal; Defense officials went to the White House and accused the President of having an affair with his Chief of Staff, calling him unprintable things; the FBI Director poured ice down a noted Senator’s pants. It was a bad day all around in Washington, but the President is working hard to remedy the situation.