Safire, William. "Roth Plot II"
Divergence: 2001 CE
What if: The United States did not decide in 2001 to attack Iraq.
Summary: Newspaper op-ed column which suggests a chronology in which George W. Bush's failure's to confront terrorism leads to a Democrat being elected president in 2004.
Comments: Appeared on the Times op-ed page one day after (and presumably as a response to) Maureen Dowd's "A Not So Wonderful Life". The column title is a reference to Philip Roth's The Plot Against America.
Published: In The New York Time, Dec. 20, 2004.
Web link: New York Times