Monday, September 08, 2008

Thought Experiment: White House "Red Phone" Call

February 9, 2008 - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, began airing a new campaign ad aimed at her political opponent for party nomination:


Muslim prayers, or Salat, can be offered in ten minutes, but sometimes take longer. Assuming only 10 minutes duration, the following prayer times have been annotated with major events corresponding to the timeline for September 11, 2001, (or as we call it 9-11):

o3:00 AM none

Muslim prayer times Washington, D.C. (today):

5:13 - 5:23 none

6:45 - 6:55 Atta and al-Omari arrived at Boston's Logan Airport at 6:45.

1:05 - 1:15 President Bush put military on high alert (Threat Condition Delta) at 1:04 and in accordance with related security planning headed to the nation's Strategic Command bunker at Offutt Air Force Base.

4:40 - 4:50 President Bush has been en route back to Washington, D.C. from Offutt Air Force Base on Air Force One since 4:36.

7:25 - 7:35 none

8:56 - 9:06 At 9:00 President Bush meets with his full National Security Council.

Thought Experiment:

Was there ever on 9-11 a 3 AM Red phone call to the President of the U.S.? No

If the President of the U.S. had been a devout Muslim, how many obvious conflicts would there have been in the president's reaction to the events of 9-11 and his timeouts for Salah (prayer)? Two, they are highlighted above.

If the 9-11 plotters had been able to rely on a devout Muslim's president's daily timeouts for prayers, could they have used it to their advantage? Without doubt.

Would having a Muslim U.S. president be a good idea? With that in mind, should we be worried about a U.S. President converting to Islam (a simple, private process) after taking office?

A Muslim P.O.T.U.S. might think it would be a swell idea to issue an Executive Order streamlining immigration into the U.S. of Muslims from Europe, particularly the U.K. and France. Such a move would be popular in Europe, popular with Muslim countries, and popular with many of the 1.7 million registered U.S. Muslims (as of 2004 election) 90% of whom actually cast ballots, unlike other American voters.

Would such an immigration stance guarantee a second term or prevent someone from having it? Perhaps an incumbent would wait for a final term in office. Something those of us who prefer the U.S. Constitution over Sharia law will now have to consider.



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