“It was obvious that Gillani was setting me up, he was well aware of my personal feelings about US Drone attacks in Pakistan. I didn’t approve of them, a classic “end justifying the means” scenario as we searched for senior leaders of Al Qaeda without regard for civilian casualties. We euphemistically referred to these civilian deaths as collateral damage. Al Qeada kept civilians, women and children, as shields hoping to stop the attacks. Drones are a relentless and effective weapon, they fly where angels fear to tread without regard for weather or enemy fire. Drones are killing machines, devastating weapons, designed to search and destroy with laser beam efficiency. In off the record conversation Washington justifies their use as being less costly than fighter jets in both monetary and human terms, our highly trained jet pilots are replaced by technicians in a Montana cave. Gillani was a wily old fox, he knew he was boxing me into a corner and that my sense of decency and morality would trump my oath of office. I could decline his invitation and suggest that my charge d’affaires stand in for me but that creates a diplomatic conundrum or I could accept, exposing my strongly held views and inviting reprisal from Washington. I chose the latter.”
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Katrina has been waiting for her Prince Charming…
Katrina Alexander’s bland life has her wondering if she’ll ever find the true love she’s spent her life hoping for. With no current prospects, and a boring job, she’s just about given up. Running into her high school sweetheart at her ten year high school reunion has her wondering if maybe she’d met him long ago.
He’s faced with his mortality and in a race against time…
Damon Garratt is a self-made billionaire, but aside from his massive fortune has little else to show for the years that have gone by. Without love or a family, he’s feeling empty. Seeing Katrina brings up old feelings from the past, and suddenly he can see his future more clearly. Racing against the clock, can he convince Katrina to give him the one thing he desperately needs – an heir?
©2013 Terry Towers (P)2013 Terry Towers