Military Defense Policy Makers Offer Special Role to Rogers
Why Rogers was most suitable to act as the negotiator in Operation Quick Draw
The military defense policy makers held a meeting in Washington, DC, that was attended by Rogers, his sister Pamela (Pam), Teresa, Senator Burke, Bruce Cole (the assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern affairs), and Mark Evans (his assistant). The meeting started with a customary introductions and was followed by Rogers’s brief synopsis of what brought them there.
Rogers’s synopsis include the following: his team’s earthquake investigation, their helicopter malfunction, subsequent detention and plans for trial, his meeting with Mustafa, the disturbing terrorist plot’s (Operation Water Buffalo) revelation, escape by helicopter to reach the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the death of Bjorn on the way to Kabul.
Rogers also told them about his detour to Norway (where he meet Bjorn’s wife Mrs. Arnarson in Oslo) on his way back home and a car chase he experienced with an SUV while heading to Lillehammer.
After Rogers shared his update, Burke told the team that he received from an unidentified source a package that had details on the threat against the unspecified US cities’ water supplies and the steps to abort the plan, which involved depositing $10 million in a Swiss bank account.
Burke immediately contacted the White House and met with the president and the vice president on the following day. The meeting was also attended by the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the head of the National Security Council.
After many scenarios were presented, debated upon, and dismissed, the DIA’s plan was finally approved.
Burke also mentioned using the deterrence system that was developed during the cold war by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The new system, which was under the control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command with their combined headquarters located at Colorado’s Peterson AFB, was ready for use, but the entire package lacked only one element—a negotiating czar.
Rogers, according to the president, is an ideal choice to be a negotiation czar because of these qualities: he has an intimate involvement in the problem; firsthand knowledge of the threat and comprehension of the subject; has no political baggage; is a known element in Iran; knows the country and its people well; and is intelligent, articulate (with the ability to speak with authority), and convincing.
Rogers immediately agreed to accept the role that was proposed by the military defense policy makers and other leaders.
Rogers then asked the team to give him some time to get settled with his family in California before going back to Iran.
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