May 15, 2012
Support Our Troops, Or Else…

On We Are Respectable Negroes, Chauncey DeVega considers whether a military coup could occur here, and finds the question to be not at all hypothetical:

I have mentioned this essay from Harper's a few times here on WARN. I assign it in my introductory American Politics courses as a way of getting students to think about our country's cultural, social, and political institutions. Could there be a military coup in the United States? What would it take to be successful? Would the officer class go along with it? What of the average rank-and-file soldiers?

My answer has always been as follows: why does the military need to have a coup when they effectively run the show anyway? Moreover, the United States is a thoroughly militarized society from the bottom up (and has only seen the walls between the military and civilian life become thinner and thinner with the post-Cold War up-gunning of local police departments, and Patriot Act national security era).



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 15, 2012 10:29 AM
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Yes, Jerry---you are precisely right-on. I spent 18 years with the U.S. military; visited the corporate side frequently on business, worked on the "Pentagon" side, and sailed in uniform on the real hardware. And of course watched Washington, D.C. in general from my home in Georgetown and Navy office across the river.

Posted by: Hoffmann on May 15, 2012 11:45 AM

Without a doubt this is the reality. The military is calling the shots in our country. And no one give a shit.

Posted by: One Fly on May 15, 2012 1:00 PM

Have you ever read JFK and the Unspeakable? Throughout his presidency JFK felt he could be removed by a coup. And guess what...?

Posted by: H. on May 15, 2012 9:18 PM

All the marks of fascism too. When you look at the numbers this kind of crowd has though, and you're talking about a holocaust far in excess of 9 million people.

Posted by: Buck on May 17, 2012 9:41 PM

I recommend Barry Eisler's "The Detachment" on this subject. Fiction is truer than reality ...

Posted by: Peter on May 18, 2012 11:46 AM
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