The War Game
Replicating a meeting of the Principals Committee--the team the president relies on for recommendations about matters of the highest importance--the simulation sought to answer what might happen if the Israelis strike Iran before the November election?
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Iranians "can cause us to lose 100 or more Americans in a minute."
Played by Bing West, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan Administration
White House Chief of Staff
"The president will want everyone to be absolutely clear there are no politics in this situation."
Played by John Podesta, President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff, 1998 To 2000
Secretary of State
"You don't say, 'Israel can do anything it wants and we'll continue to support them and there is no red line.'"
Played by Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to Israel, Russia, and the United Nations
Director of National Intelligence
"That Rubicon would be presented to us if the Israelis suffer massive casualties. …