In 2015, I wrote Will there be a coup in the United States in 2015 or 2016? Impression 1. It was September and after much bashing of the new Presidential candidate that summer, I would shortly come around.
Even then, the portentous nature of Donald Trump’s meteoric rise on the national American political scene was quite apparent to me.
That’s how the end of society will hammer and destroy. It will sneak upon us amid the squalor of our own unhappiness and disappointment.
Our great republic of modern antiquity seems untouchable; but has the illusion immured us to tragedy?
Anything can happen.
Well there was no coup in 2015 or 2016.
2017 scuttled by dramatically.
2018 is just about over.
2019, the last full assured year of Trump’s Presidency promises to bring a whole plague of discord with it.
Still, the coup that might come casts its dark shadow on our nation.
In August 2016, Morell, who had retired in 2013, penned a New York Times op-ed praising Hillary Clinton and calling Trump a danger to the nation and an “unwitting [Russian] agent.” Imagine the reaction had James Mattis, then a recently retired general, written something similar on behalf of Donald Trump!
Political opinions are one thing but covert actions to undermine a duly elected president are another. The actions of the IC and the FBI constitute something that would be called a coup were the military behind it.
As Robert Mueller’s “independent” investigation into Russian “collusion” has revealed, many of those working on this investigation are partisans who make a mockery of objectivity. The email in the hypothetical case above is merely a paraphrase of an actual one sent by a now-dismissed member of Mueller’s operations. As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned the president in January, “let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.”
We expect professional military officers to be nonpartisan. Of course, they have their political opinions like any other citizen but they are obligated to serve those who are duly elected to office.
We should expect no less from the IC and FBI. Its members should be held to the same standards of professionalism as military officers. An attempted coup by the IC is still a coup.