Bombs Away: Video Game Allows Players to Attack Iran (Updated)

President Barack Obama (left) attends a meeting in the White House Situation Room. A new video game will put players in Obama's chair at the head of the table. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)

Think the U.S. should bomb Iran to halt its nuclear arms program?

Just do it yourself. Well, sort of.

A new video game — I’m not making this up, folks — will put players in the role of commander in chief and let them make the call on whether to launch the bombers (and/or to unleash the cyber attack).

The Truman National Security Project is set to unveil the video game on Oct. 19 during a morning event. The project bills itself as a leadership-building shop “that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security.” (Progressive is political code for Democratic.)

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,” the release continues, “puts players in the seat of a president who has committed to attack Iran if a red line is crossed.”

No word if President Barack Obama or GOP nominee Mitt Romney have requested their own copies to play while killing time in between stops on the campaign trail. Just in case.

**This piece was updated at 5:35 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2012 with additional information provided by Truman Project Media Relations Director Stephanie Dreyer (below). Thanks to Stephanie. **

“At the start of the Iraq war in 2003, when General David Petraeus said, ‘Tell me how this ends,’ he was expressing a frustration that while the Iraq war may have been easy to start, the end game was far from clear.  Ten years later, one of the lessons of America’s second longest war is the need for an honest discussion of both the cost of war and the exit strategy from any military engagement. We feel these important questions are missing from the public debate around Iran. The purpose of this game is to teach Americans the cost and consequences of military engagement with Iran.”

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett