Today, Truman National Security Project launched a new internet game where a player takes on the role of President and confronts the visceral possibility of launching a full-scale military attack on Iran.
Called “Tell Me How This Ends” (after General David Patreus’ book), the internet game uses real intelligence, as well as tactics deployed in Iraq, to depict future military engagements.
As President, the player receives personal advice from the Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, and Chief of Staff along every step of the way and must constantly reconcile with fluctuating oil prices, defense spending, war casualties, and the Iranian government’s response.
The goal of the game – in light of Monday’s foreign policy debate – is to facilitate a candid conversation about the cost of war and the potential exit strategy from any future military effort inIran.
Iraq war veteran Justin Ford, who appears in an ad to promote the game, warns that:
War doesn’t come without costs – and when we go in with no real plan the resources the personal toil, it adds up. We learned that listen with Iraq. If we start something, we better know how to finish it. A lot of guys on TV talking about Iran. Nobody can tell me how this is ends….We deserve an answer.