A military coup in the US obviously is not going to happen. There is no stomach for such a thing, and the US military has a strong, proud tradition of knowing very precisely where it stands in the Order of things.
That said, it is also written into the US Constitution and political landscape that the military has a clear voice so that, when things are amiss in the Civilian administration, there are avenues the Military can take to effect change and make it’s feelings known without upsetting the civilian democracy.
Michael Reynolds in his Center Line column, spells out very clearly how the Military is using every tool it’s chest to try to shake up the Pentagon and dump what has been one of the worst Defense Secretaries in the history of the United States.
I don’t think anyone can be happy with a situation where uniforms are publicly attacking suits in the Pentagon. The generals who have called for Mr. Rumsfeld’s resignation — eight at last count — are all retired. But there is little doubt that they speak for a large portion of the officer corps.
Faced with a Secretary of Defense who simply does not know his job and shows no inclination to learn it, and a President who will, from arrogance, stubborness and a degree of sheer meglomania, disregard common sense and competent advice — who will even disregard the law and the constitution rather than consider an admission of error — and faced with losing a war, what exactly are the unforms to do?
I think they do just what they are doing. They send forth retired officers to warn the ultimate civilian authority — the American people — that something is rotten in the Pentagon. They talk to sympathetic Senators and Congressmen, as they clearly have done with Congressman Jack Murtha. They talk on background to the news media.
The first ones to go in military training are the ones you can’t rely on. The ones who are weak minded, incompetent, unpredictable, or self-centered. The Military is the ultimate team sport, if one player puts his well being above all the rest, then he becomes fatally dangerous to the rest of the team. It sounds like the “team” is about to expel one of it’s players.