Ok, so, what if Osama Bin Laden decided not to strike the US on September 11th? What if, instead, a major storm cell developed over DC and spawned an EF-5 tornado that directly collided with the White House? Since Bush is in Florida, how does the nation react to DC being destroyed by nature?
 
Ok, so, what if Osama Bin Laden decided not to strike the US on September 11th? What if, instead, a major storm cell developed over DC and spawned an EF-5 tornado that directly collided with the White House? Since Bush is in Florida, how does the nation react to DC being destroyed by nature?
I think this thread belongs in the ASB forum, but perhaps instead of the US devoting funding and resources toward anti-terrorism countermeasures, funding and resources would go toward disaster prevention, early warning systems, and disaster relief. There is probably no Afghanistan War, but probably still an Iraq War (the Bush Family considered it unfinished business). If the United States Capitol building gets devastated by the tornado, the US Government probably temporarily relocates to either Philadelphia, New York City, or elsewhere. Maybe Bush rides the sympathies to victory in 2004. If a more sophisticated disaster prevention system is established, perhaps the 2005 Hurricane Season is handled better, and the residents are evacuated.
 
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It would have been seen as a major tragedy, but the political/cultural reaction would be much more limited. You can't really declare war on weather, and a tornado is an unpredictable freak of nature that no one could plausibly find fault with the government's response to (unlike Hurricane Katrina IOTL).
 
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