Briefing Condi


I appreciate you seeing me on such short notice, Secretary Rice. This is a matter of the utmost importance.

Not a problem, George. Say isn't this just about the nicest office you've ever seen? I've been so busy decorating.

Yes it is. It's a perfectly splendid office. But right now, I'm going to need your undivided attention for a few minutes. This is urgent. To put it quite bluntly, there is going to be an attempted terrorist attack on the United States sometime in the very near future

I'm sorry to say that I don't have any of the actual details. I can't tell you when and I can't tell you where, but I can tell you that it will be coming soon, possibly before the end of summer.

The culprit, as you have already guessed, is al-Qaeda, under the leadership of the nefarious Osama bin Laden. If our hunch is right, this is going to be an attack of much greater magnitude than anything al-Qaeda has attempted in the pass.

The chatter has been increasing steadily for several months, and now it's reaching a boiling point. One thing you should be aware of is that al-Qaeda has been training pilots in this country. And given the danger posed by bin Laden, I suspect this is something more than an ordinary hijacking.

I know there is already a plan in the pipeline for dealing with bin Laden, but the priority has to be upped. This has to be addressed immediately, or we're all going to be up shit creek without a paddle.

You've got to convey the urgency of this matter to the president immediately. God help us, we may not have any more than a few weeks to stop these monsters from inflicting destruction on a massive scale.

That's it in a nutshell. Is there anything else you need to know before talking to the chief?

Yes, George. Do you think that burgundy curtains would be too bold for this room?


2006, Mark Hoback