Thursday, May 18, 2017

Robert Parry — When the Trump Coup-makers Cometh

So what did you think a U.S.-styled “soft coup” would look like? What we’re seeing regarding the intended removal of President Trump is not that much different from what has happened in dozens of other countries, whether Iran in 1953 or Ukraine in 2014 or Brazil in 2016. This one just has a few extra American touches.
Like other coups, there are often vague and unproven accusations leveled against the target and his or her entourage. Even though hard evidence is usually lacking, “process crimes,” such as making misstatements to prosecutors or obstructing justice, are developed as a substitute under the popular saying: “the cover-up is worse than the crime.” Whatever the case, a complicit media then trumpets alleged wrongdoing into grave and impeachable offenses....
As this American coup against Trump progresses, one commonality of coups around the world – whether “hard coups” of military tanks or “soft coups” of “constitutional” removals – is that the coup’s target is not some perfect human being. He or she has likely made political mistakes or cut some corners or had associates who lined their pockets.

But the difference between those misdeeds being treated as politics as usual or becoming the stuff of “scandal” has more to do with the interests of powerful interests – a domestic “deep state” or an outside “superpower” – than any evenhanded pursuit of justice....
Whether he knows it or not, Trump is now in very deep water and has no idea how to dog-paddle back to the shore....
Consortium News
When the Trump Coup-makers Cometh
Robert Parry

Recall this from Chuck Schumer in January:
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
Now we are seeing this play out.

Still think the US is a democracy under the rule of law?

The Hill
Schumer: Trump 'really dumb' for attacking intelligence agencies
Mallory Shelbourne - 01/03/17

1 comment:

MRW said...

Still think the US is a democracy under the rule of law?

Never did.