Bush: What are we gon’ to do ‘bout Iraq?
Cheney: Well, I guess we can invade. They have a lot of people with guns who don't like us very much.
Bush: What the fuck! Every country's got people with guns. What else do you have?
Cheney: We hear they have WMD.
Bush: What’s that? Women who Menstruate Daily? Heh heh. Did you like that one, Dick?
Cheney: Yes sir, that was a good one. Actually, WMD stands for Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Bush: Oh yeah. The big stuff.
Former Senior Intelligence Advisor: Mr. President, not to put a damper on things, but we have no evidence that they have WMD.
Cheney: Don’t worry about that, we can get evidence, if we need it.
Bush: Nah, don’ have time. Saddam is a pain in my ass. You know we can’t trust that weasel.
Cheney: Ok. Anyway, I’m sure they have WMD.
Bush: Yeah. Ok, we go in and level the place. And, if there are no WMD, we just go and put 'em there.
Former Senior Intelligence Advisor: Sir, not to be contradictory, but the U.N. will monitor our activities once we occupy the country.
Bush: Fuck the U.N.! They’re a bunch of grab ass wussies anyway.
Bush: My fellow ‘mericans. We have received some very alarming information which could jeopardize the security of our nation. I asked my senior advisors to exhaust all the options and I have determined that we have no choice but to…_________
I wrote this post for the Week 65 Trifecta Writing Challenge where we are to write 33-333 words using the word “exhaust”, in the context of considering a number of options thoroughly.
At first, I hesitated to write about something that offered no new information, but the prompt stimulated me to think about a historical event where, despite statements to the contrary, all the options were not exhausted. I thought it would be fun to imagine a conversation about how such an egregious error in judgement was made.
Your comments are appreciated.