But I think the point of the character is he doesn't, in the words of Al Pacino's Satan "pull the strings," he merely "sets the stage." He can only be as powerful as others let him. And again, the only time he directly steps in is in periods of chaos. I imagined something similar in an earlier discussion. In an ITTL comic book, it will depict Captain America fighting against an America gone evil, written by an American comic book artist in exile. The main villain of the story being an American agent who targets Cap for "his lack of patriotism". The villain of the story will be revealed to be a Red Skull who took the place of the American President, and used his disguise to turn America into a police state. When the American agent, who was willingly done the Skull's actions, confronts the Skull for deceiving him, Skull points out that it took little effort to get the agent to do horrible shit, and that the agent could've just refused. Ultimately, the American people are responsible, because obedience mattered more then holding American ideals in their heart. In a final twist of the knife, the Skull tells the agent he would make an excellent Nazi. I think the trope of an evil President will become highly popular ITTL. Well, maybe not at first, but... Rumsfeld eventually decided that chaos was a good way to assure American hegemony. He actually spent money looking for ways to destabilise and divide America's former allies. Among other things, he trashed America's Special Relationship by funding Protestant Irish terrorism, thinking it would knock out commies and destroy competition on the global stage. He also didn't care if Latin America became chaotic, as long as he could rule over the pieces. To me, the most horrifying moment in the story came when the Indians actually used a battlefield nuke in their civil war, and Rumsfeld was pleased by it. Even the worst American President OTL ought to be terrified by the casual use of nukes, because that shit is a danger to global peace. That's why Wallace and Suslov put aside their grudges ITTL to put the Lesser Mao in his place. Rumsfeld himself saw it as an OPPORTUNITY to use nukes in his military campaign. That was the prelude to the CVs deciding that nukes could be used on those pesky Satanists (aka those cities that would not vote for the CVs). In both actions, the CSA and Rumsfeld become the threat to human civilization.