Why target Pakistan, obliterating millions of people with two nuclear bombs (not to mention the collateral damage caused by fallout to the entire region)? Had the idea been to bomb and then blame another country? With the Colorado's experimental cloaking device, had the idea been to hide the point of origin and then accuse Iran (perhaps) or China (even more likely) for a first strike? That would be pretext for retaliation (and a hell of lot more powerful an argument than George W. Bush's elusive threat of WMD).
But with Chaplain refusing to cooperate, and another (uncloaked) submarine having to launch the missiles (in error), the entire world is turned upside down. The outcome, however, for this faction in the U.S. government is the same — war!
We don't know the geopolitical landscape just prior the attack, so all we get are small clues. We had known that XO Sam Shepard (Scott Speedman) had been captured in action and tortured, a time he has refused to talk about with even his wife Christine (Jessy Schram, whom I recently interviewed). We now know he had been deployed to North Korea(!). Why North Korea? What had been going on in the Pacific that would have led to his capture by the North Koreans? I'm sure that's a little thread dropped into the weave to be plucked later.
Back at home, the narrative is being developed and spread with the speed of a highly-contagious virus. The Colorado, under the command of a deranged man with nothing left to lose, his son killed in action (perhaps in the Middle East) launches his missiles without provocation and in contravention of U.S. policy. It's a potent narrative, but one that would only stick if the Colorado were sunk and her crew along with it. To Curry and the White House, that is the only acceptable outcome.
The stateside narrative, however, is threatened Christine, who refuses play along. Far from the meek military wife she appears to be, she is using the cable news teams camped out on her lawn to shout the truth to the world. But she's being painted as a madwoman.
When a so-called friend of Sam's tries to comfort and "help," showing her evidence that her husband is a traitor, attempting to defect with Chaplain to China and sell the Chinese the high-tech sub, Christine can't believe it. "The 'other woman' always knows," she explains to Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser), the powerful young daughter of an arms dealer. Kylie had been in charge of developing the cloaking device, but now with a newly developed conscience, she is horrified by what she knows of this wide-ranging government conspiracy.