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You mean because of military personnel  favoring Trump? Think again...

by Bernard on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 09:07:01 AM EST
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Ignore the headline. 'No good options' for the military if Trump refuses to concede
The headline expresses the editorial prejudices of Mark Steiner who interviews Maj. Danny Sjursen (ret'd.) Sjursen was a regular columnist--like C. Hedges--with Truth Out until last autumn, when it collapsed under the combined weight of Propornot and its psycho managing director. Steiner lost the "fascist" plot around '68 and the muddle of US liberation victories, from 1645 to Operation Iraqi Freedom; he supposes (based on US-propgandized coups in "3rd World," non-aligned states, not Iraq or Afghanistan) DoD rebellion is an agent of the "restoration" of democracy in the US.

By "no good options," however, Sjursen assures him that neither apparatus nor political unity necessary to effect such enforcement power exists in US armed forces--or command structure. DoD is a microcosm of the civilian universe of unpredictable secular ("originalist") and religious ("patriot") interpretations of US Constitutional ahh authorities. Sjursen's analogy for improbability of anarchy disposed by regular or irregular "militia"--Iraq:US, Maliki*:Trump--flies right over Steiner's head.

Not to mention the el-Sisi double caper "for the people", featuring Mubarek and Morsi.

*conveniently discounting al-Sadr in the equation

by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 03:43:19 PM EST
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I've always considered that the US military would step in if push came to shove, to save the nation and the Constitution.

The Turkish army, for example, does this from time to time. (Arguably they failed for the first time, a couple of years ago.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 04:25:14 PM EST
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Then Mark Steiner is speaking to you, although there are NO conditions--historical or present--in the US predicating that scenario except perhaps 2nd amdt "arm-chair warrior" wish fulfillment.
by Cat on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 05:10:05 PM EST
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Wait, I didn't say I think that's a good thing. Just that there are conditions when they might intervene.

But a civilian coup is not a good prospect either.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 6th, 2020 at 05:18:31 PM EST
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yer other boyfriend called
No Matter the Liberal Metric Chosen, the Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump.
"Fantasies of a Trump-led fascist coup have redounded to the benefit of many -- especially those responsible for abuses far worse than those of the current president."
Does it taste better now?
by Cat on Sun Nov 8th, 2020 at 04:18:26 PM EST
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