As presidents leave office, they also leave a letter for their successors. In Oni Press' new comic Letter 44, the newest president is taken aback when he reads the letter from the man who preceded him — a man who seemed to tank the economy and embroil the nation in needless wars — but was actually secretly preparing America for an imminent alien invasion. We're extremely happy to provide you the chance to read the complete first issue of the scifi/political thriller here — if you like it, go buy Letter 44 #2, in comic stores today!
This doesn't make any sense. Starting unnecessary wars in the Middle East to increase the number of veterans is a terrible idea. You have no idea what the potential future conflict will be, so you have no idea whether veteran experience dealing with insurgents in a desert would translate any skills at all to the next conflict (just ask the French and their Maginot line). The trillions of dollars wasted in those Middle East wars could have been spent on developing weapons and intel against those potential invaders. Plus, a better way to prepare for alien invaders is not to cut taxes, inveigh against big government, and strain alliances with world leaders, but to raise taxes, so that the central government has greater capacities. Even better: let the public know about the alien presence, so that you can mobilize global resources against a future potential enemy (just think of how Ozymandias's plot from the Watchmen worked so well). There is also the question of why only the US government has detected this anomaly; wouldn't astrophysicists all over the world know about it? There is an interesting idea behind this comic—about not knowing the motives of presidents—but the attempt to yoke it on to an apologia for the Bush administration was not a smart move and makes me question this creator's intentions.