Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be president of the United States? To make crucial military and strategic decisions that will affect the entire international community and go down in history books for decades to come?
Now you can.
A liberal national security group released a video game Friday, which enables players to play the role of the president of the United States, by allowing them to make crucial military and strategic decisions in a potential war with Iran.
The game, called “Tell Me How This Ends,” is intended to allow “players about the costs and risks of military action against Iran,” states a Truman Project press release.
“The interactive, multimedia game, which features in-game news reports and intelligence briefings, puts players in the seat of a president who has committed to attack Iran if a red line is crossed,” the press release continues.
The game, which begins with the words “Intelligence now indicates that your red line has been crossed” appearing on the screen, simulates several scenarios that might follow an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities with the game’s player taking on the role of the U.S. President. The title is based on David Petraeus’ words as the Iraq war began in 2003.
According to The Hill, there’s no way to avoid U.S. casualties, Iranian retaliation and massive regional escalations in the game.
The group is also set to run a new ad about the consequences of a potential war with Iran on CNN before and after Monday’s foreign policy debate.
“There’s a lotta guys on TV talking about a war with Iran, and nobody can tell me how this ends,” a veteran says as pictures of former Vice President Dick Cheney and John Bolton, who served as Ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, appear in the background.
“My friends and I — I think we deserve an answer,” the veteran says.
Iran is undoubtedly going to play a key role in Monday’s foreign policy debate, as Republicans have been fiercely criticizing President Obama for not taking a stronger stance with regard to Iran’s nuclear program.