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Are We Living Under a Military Coup?

An Ironically Patriotic Essay

There are other indications of his power within the White House, such as when a Fox News reporter asked him something about policy and he replied this way: “I made the decision to do such-and-such . . .” He pauses and continues: “. . . the president made the decision to do such-and such . . . “ The ex-Nixon dirty trickster Roger Stone, who Kelly blocked from Trump access, is cited in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House as telling people, “Mattis, McMaster and Kelly had agreed that no military action would ever be taken unless the three were in accord -- and that at least one of them would always remain in Washington if the others were away.” The New York Times reports that Kelly vetoed a military style “red team, blue team” debate over climate change that was supported by Trump. The purpose of such a public debate was to raise doubt and uncertainty about climate change, thus further muddying the waters around a scientific fact. While it’s a political football among civilians like EPA Director Scott Pruitt, at the Pentagon climate change is not denied. If humans are wreaking havoc on Mother Earth, it will contribute to destabilization, making it a National Security State problem. Denying climate change to liberate industry for reasons of profit is to ignore a national security issue.

Masha Gessen wrote about this press conference in The New Yorker in a piece titled "John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup." It put the word coup into the discussion over the Trump White House. Gessen's point is, “The [October 19th] press briefing could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like.” She lists four "arguments" in support of her charge concerning the press conference:

1) “Those who criticize the President don’t know what they’re talking about because they haven’t served in the military.”

2) “The President did the right thing because he did exactly what his general told him to do.”

3) “Communication between the President and a military widow is no one’s business but theirs.”

4) “Citizens are ranked based on their proximity to dying for their country.”

story | by Dr. Radut