Iran, long on the very publicized trail to a nuclear weapon of her own reinforces the Shia majority population in what was Iraq. Feeling threatened and under-matched to Tehran's superior strategy and numbers Al Qaeda seeks state sponsored help for the Sunni population. Wicked Shia death squad strikes are answered with large scale Shia losses from Sunni IEDs. The Kurds are annihilated by a second set of Hizbollah and Iranian forces and Tehran siezes the oil wealth of northern Iraq. Eventually Iraq all but disappears, and only an imaginary line now divides the Sunni controlled south and the Iranian controlled north.
For a brief while Americans forget about war. Soldiers return home and go back to families, children, and jobs. During the main push of the 2008 election cycle pro-war-on-terror candidates begin to be scorned so badly on the campaign trail, most of them drop out by mid May.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battle it out to the end. But in the end the Kennedy styled message of Obama secures enough states to guarantee the nomination. In a gesture of unspeakable generosity, particularly after many of the things she has said about him on the trail, Obama invites Clinton to accept her place as his Vice-President. The convention rocks with excitement, and causes the already shaky ticket for the GOP to simply fall apart.
On election day Obama carries 39 states including the previously unthinkable Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The nation prepares for another peaceful transition of power, one of the truly remarkable footnotes of American styled democracy. Even then, perhaps especially then, people prepare for Thanksgiving.
On the Monday before the American holiday Iran finally fulfills one of its long intentioned plans. At roughly 3am local time military jets drop a small payload of conventional bombs onto the northern Israeli town of Tel Aviv. By 6am local time the story is on the front pages but also on every cable television channel across the world. At roughly 6:15am with the sun still not risen television crews in Tel Aviv capture what appear to be streaking lights headed south in the sky. Moments later above Jerusalem and viewable from as far away as Tel Aviv, a bright light followed by a large mushroom cloud - it is paydirt for the North Korean long range missile and the Iranian developed nuclear payload.
In order that they may share the oil revenue in the name of serving Allah, the world does not know that key Sunni leaders along with current Al Qaeda leadership had long since helped sustain an enforced truce with Iran along the imaginary line in former Iraq. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad announces on Iranian television, which is in turn shortly relayed throughout the world, that Allah has been victorious over the Zionists.
Immediately and through every means available a massive crush of people leaving Israel hits anywhere they can land in North America - New York, Chicago, Mexico City, Miami, and Dallas. Simultaneously because the Congress had decided to de-fund the southern border fence there is noted increase in the number of border crossings by people attempting to get in to the United States.
With them are the final two persons needed to activate the final two portable nuclear devices in American cities.
President Bush, out of loyalty and love for our best allies Israel, orders jet strikes on Tehran. Unfortunately the damage done is not able to penetrate deep enough underground to disturb Iran's operational hub.
Beginning at 5am on Wednesday morning, Al Qaeda agents incinerate historic Washington D.C., downtown Manhattan is leveled, and the Sears Tower in Chicago sprays bits of glass as far as DuPage county.
Will we then be a nation UNITED towards victory?
Will it even matter?