Trump’s cabinet is a coup waiting to happen

posted by
December 21, 2016
The Nation
by William J Astore  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"A republic -- or should I say, former republic? -- founded on civilian control of the military needs true civilians as a counterweight to militarism as well as military adventurism. Recently retired generals are anything but that; they're not even speed bumps on the road to the next set of misbegotten military 'adventures.' They are likely to be only one thing: enablers of and accelerants to military action. Their presence in the highest civilian positions represents nothing short of a de facto military coup in Washington, a coup that required no violence since the president-elect simply anointed and exalted them as America's security saviors. But here's a question for you: If these men and their three- and four-star colleagues couldn't win decisive military victories while in uniform, what makes Trump and the Washington establishment think they’ll do any better while wearing mufti?" (12/20/16)  
  • to_tell_the_truth

    The only thing Astore got wrong is in not naming the true Prince behind the throne – Mike Pence – the King-/Theocrat-in-Waiting. I am convinced almost all of these failed-generals were of his choosing. T-rump has shown so little interest in actually governance that it’s hard to imagine him even knowing who these people are. (Heck, he let his kids choose half his Cabinet. He lets them meet with foreign officials, even though no one voted for any of them. Kinda bears out what Kasich told the press.)

    Well, on 2nd thought, maybe these were the “generals” he knows “more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me”.


    But, an actual coup is not to be ruled out

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