Wager update

A little over a month ago, I made a bet with Oyster of Your Right Hand Thief about how the nation will fare with President Bush winning a second term. It’s been long enough that I think it’s time for an update.

The terms, in brief, were whether or not the economy would tank, the draft would be reinstated, and there would be a major terrorist attack against the United States. As a “healing gesture,” I forced Oyster to take the side that these things would not happen, and I took the side that they will. It’s been a month, and here are the results:

Unemployment over 6%: No
Legislation introduced to reinstate the draft: No
Major terrorist attack against the United States: No

It’s looking good for Oyster to collect and get a free posting here at Wizbang… and I couldn’t be more pleased to be losing.

But I think I’ve found a loophole in the terms of our bet. I specified “‘a major terrorist attack’ shall be defined as a single incident or roughly coinciding incidents that kill at least 200 Americans within the borders of the United States, or a series of two or more related incidents that kill at least 200 Americans within one week.” But this week’s attack on a United States Consulate in Saudi Arabia got me thinking.

Embassies and Consulates are considered sovereign territory of the nation they represent. They are, literally, “American soil,” even though they are in a foreign country. When I wrote the terms of our bet, I intended “within the 50 United States.” But by my careless wording, it could also mean these embassies and consulates.

I am literally of two minds on this matter. It is a perfect example of “letter of the law” versus “original intent.” I can’t decide which argument should hold, so I thought I’d toss it out to the Wizbang readers and see what those made of it. And later, Oyster and I can hash it out.


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