Soldiers of God (Chapter 9, page 1 of 8)


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Chapter 9

White House, Washington DC, December, 2077, Thursday…

Tomas Delgado was sitting behind his desk in the Oval Office. While staring at one of the many White House Christmas Trees, he was actually listening closely to a well reasoned argument by his Secretary of State.

A casual observer from outside the country might wonder what there was about Tomas Delgado that appealed to the American public. He was a quiet and bookish looking small man, often perplexing friends and enemies alike with his outward calmness. At the same time he also often seemed arrogant and intense. Nevertheless, he had won the last presidential election very easily. There were two principal reasons for that: the first was that his opponent had made many tactical errors; the second was that Delgado had tapped into a general malaise felt by the American public.

The average American Joe was tired of his country's spin downwards toward Third World status (never mind the fact that the Third World was spinning up as a consequence of three quarters of a century of globalization). Joe was also tired of the weekly terrorist attacks by different groups - the religious fundamentalists (Bravo Islam, Christian Soldiers, and Mundo Domini, among others), the radical political action groups (New Anarchists, Radical Antiglobalists, and Save Mother Nature were the top three), and fanatics acting solo, all empowered by technology to do damage far beyond the meager numbers in their groups. The Department of Homeland Security was now the second largest in the government, the first being the Department of Defense, of course. Finally, different sections of the country wanted different things. Demands and threats of secession that began during the Fulton administration were now more serious as ubiquitous Joe often wondered why his heavy taxes were used to pay for pork barrel projects elsewhere. Delgado had successfully portrayed his opponent as being part of that problem.

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