From September 10, 2008, a look into 2009. And God Spoke...
A Russian Major takes a drink from a bottle of vodka and passes it to his Lieutenant; drinking on missile patrol is forbidden but he has just become a father and this is a gift from his men. He will share it with them while his unit watches the unusually vivid display of northern lights on this dark clear evening.
They are camped in a clearing in the forest, forty miles from their home base and they are waiting for dawn before moving again. They've been on alert patrol with their mobile missile launcher for several weeks and are looking forward to leave with their families.
The evening darkness is suddenly replaced by a flash of light in the far distance and a deep rumbling follows. The Major grabs his secure phone but it depends on a relay station next to a large chemical plant that has just exploded. The plant was in between the Russian soldiers and their base but they don't realize this. He tries his long range radio but the solar flares have knocked it out; he tries his new satellite phone but he has forgotten that the satellite is below the horizon for another 2 minutes.
He hesitates, but thinks about his family back at the base and gives the order. An aging diesel engine struggles to life, hydraulic motors whine, huge steel jacks press into the ground and the missile cradle lifts skyward. The Major and his lieutenant turn their keys; an alarm sounds and they turn and run for cover.
On the other side of the world; a class of third graders are reading to the American President while the bored press takes pictures. The chief of staff bursts in and whispers in the President's ear, NORAD is tracking a single Russian missile headed for the ABM site in Alaska. The Russians are on the Red Phone, should he patch them through?
Some of the children have noticed the fear on the faces of the adults and are becoming frightened themselves, but the President smiles and indicates no to the call; the children are reassured and go back to reading. President Palin is smiling because God has spoken to her.