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I'm not so sure a military coup is in the cards, at least not yet.
Bernard I. Finel: The Military Coup of 2012 Revisited
In 1992 then-LTC Charles Dunlap wrote a famous article, The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012 where he warned about the dangers of the military taking on increasing numbers of civilian missions and ultimately finding itself a substitute for civilian rule altogether. In this weekend's Washington Post, Ambassador Thomas A. Schweich makes a similar argument in his essay, "The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere. It's time to stop the mission creep." Dunlap's wry tone is bookended with Schweich's more shrill assessment, but between the two is the single biggest issue that has generated virtually no serious debate in American politics.


Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 at 04:51:15 AM EST
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A primary reason that I do not see a military coup in the cards for the USA is that the military already wields profound influence over civilian government. There's no need to antagonize the public with a direct coup when they can count on the Republican Party to do what the generals demand, and when they can now count on the Obama Administration to do the same.

The only way that would change is if a government came to power that actively resisted the generals, and sought to bring the American Empire to an end. Right now I don't see either party being willing to do that.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 at 12:05:19 PM EST
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---the military already wields profound influence over civilian government.-------
----- they can count on the Republican Party to do what the generals demand, and when they can now count on the Obama Administration to do the same.

Add to this statement the fact that the relationship between the remaining corporate machinery in the US and the military is-- essentially identicality of interest, and it seems clear that the coup happened a while ago.

The political machinations we watch is the political system's attempts to adapt itself to the realities of that.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 03:02:58 AM EST
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