Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Coup, Part Two

We hear this news out of the White House:

"The door to the Oval Office used to be wide open, with favored officials drifting in and out — even in the middle of meetings — to kibitz with Trump.

Now, the door is closed. Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, has taken control in dramatic fashion, and is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job:

Even POTUS appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler, picking up his game by acting sharper in meetings and even rattling off stats. Meetings are shorter and stick to their scheduled topic. Everyone — even uber-aides Jared and Ivanka, and economic adviser Gary Cohn — is being deferential to Kelly."

Do I even need to say the following?  Kelly is not making the White House run better; he is running it himself, and the fear of God has been implanted in Trump to prevent him from ruining everything with his usual behavior.

This is not efficiency, it is a coup.

Kelly is running the country now, on behalf of his previous employers, the United State Military, which doesn't want to fight wars caused by Trump's mentally disturbed belligerence.  Trump is not trying to "impress" Kelly; he is desperately trying to control himself to avoid being crushed by Kelly.

So, it took six months for Trump to end any semblance of democracy in this country.  Not the way he thought it would turn out, with him on the throne, but he did it.

UPDATE:  I just saw on MSNBC: "Breaking News- Chief of Staff announces that Attorney General is staying in job."

Since when does the chief of staff decide who the Attorney General is?  Well, I guess since the Chief of Staff is a four star General who has just taken over the Presidency.  I'm still waiting to hear the word "coup" from a single allegedly reputable news source.

A FURTHER UPDATE: Saturday, from an article at Daily Kos:

"In fact, the more we learn about this relationship, the more one has to wonder whether what we are really watching is a soft military coup in the making."


Pinku-Sensei said...

A coup with the civilian leader still in place and making a show that it was his idea or that he consented to it. It beats tanks rolling in the streets, and it keeps the facade up, but it reminds me of how the Roman Empire kept all the trappings of the Republic while making them meaningless.

Green Eagle said...

I hear what you are saying. See the update to my post, by the way: one more significant sign that what I am saying is true.

Anonymous said...

Editors say you need at least two sources. The Axios account doesn't even have one.

Rick Perry couldn't count up to three. He's still more mathematically able than a birdbrain who can't count up to two.

UPDATE: I searched for "John Kelly" on the MSNBC website, then searched for "Chief of Staff." No mention of "Breaking News." Also, it's nothing new for a Chief of Staff to make announcements, especially when El Presidente is doing something important like playing golf or pretending to drive a firetruck.

Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence. I haven't seen even ordinary evidence yet. You expect I should accept an unsourced blurb and someone's recollection of a news banner for this?

Green Eagle said...

Anonymous, you are probably one of the people that bought the pizza parlor child molestation story. Funny, how people will believe anything a Republican says, no matter how repugnant and obviously false, but if you are a liberal, you have to have five thousand sources for your claims, and then still they will claim they mean nothing.

At this point, if you cannot see that Donald Trump is a traitor in league with a foreign dictator, you are a malignant fool; and if you cannot already see, after two days, that the military is trying to force him to behave, you are just willingly blind.

Jerry Critter said...

It appears that McMaster and Kelly have taken control of the White House.

Green Eagle said...

We'll have to wait and see what happens, but that is the way it looks to me right now. And what do you call it when the control of a country's government is taken over by generals? I know there is a short word for that, but it escapes me at the moment.

gruaud said...


Anonymous said...

Dear Green Eagle,

I follow a large range of left-wing and progressive blogs. You, sir, are the only liberal blogger I have found to have at most double-digit IQ; all others are securely in the three-digit range. Given that your reasoning skills are on the level of Jonah Goldberg or a typical Trump administration bigwig, I must entertain the possibility that your IQ tests came back negative.

"You are probably one of the people that bought the pizza parlor child molestation story."

You are most definitely wrong, sir. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and I have never seen a single iota of evidence for such a preposterous story as Pizzagate. I know Republicans have been proven to be lying for decades about the Clintons, and saw the story as yet another lie.

"Donald Trump is a traitor in league with a foreign dictator"

Agreed; Trump is a collaborator. However, it does not follow that the military has conducted a coup. You need to take a course in logic.

Green Eagle said...

Anonymous, I know that I shouldn't be reduced to defending myself from your piggish, stupid attacks, but here are a couple of facts for you:

"You need to take a course in logic."

I was formerly a Ph.D. candidate in linguistic philosophy; i.e. logic. I've actually read "Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Principia Mathematica und verwandter Systeme," which I will bet ten thousand dollars that you haven't. So don't talk to me about logic

Now, as to my allegedly double digit IQ: I have a graduate degree from Harvard, and was a research student at the University of Cambridge. I think that record of academic achievment places me pretty firmly in the plus-100 IQ range. What is your academic background, or on what basis do you claim to have an IQ above, say, the 75 or 80 point range that would seem to be indicated by your inability to deal with facts?

Marty Stewart said...

I read this conversation and I wonder, who else thinks there was a coup.

Robert Wenzel, that's who.

Great minds think alike!

Robert Wenzel also thinks that the Trump Jr. meeting shows there was no Russian collusion. The Rob Goldstone photos are a hoot.

Green Eagle said...

Well, if he is right, he is right. A couple of days in, and so far there is nothing to convince me that I am wrong.

And Anonymous, if you think I am going to post your reply in which you made utterly ludicrous claims about your academic past, you are crazy (which you appear to be based on other evidence, anyway.)

Marty Stewart said...

"utterly ludicrous claims"

How ludicrous?

"you are crazy (which you appear to be based on other evidence, anyway.)"

Well, there's nothing that says someone who was academically accomplished can't sink into severe mental illness. I know some people who are both intelligent and insane.

Green Eagle said...

As I said, Marty, I have elected to use my right not to post Anonymous' reply. I think you would have gotten a laugh from his claims too, but you will just have to take my word for it or not. It really doesn't make any difference to any of us, does it?

Robert Wenzel said...

It is remarkable that more, from the Left or Right, are not discussing what seems obvious: a military coup.

Kudos to Green Eagle.

Green Eagle said...

Well, thanks for that, Robert. It's often frustrating that Americans, propagandized from birth to take such a Pollyannaish view of our country, just can't look at what seems to be so obvious, but it happens over and over again, with bad results almost every time. In this case, I am relieved to see that the headlong plunge over the cliff led by Trump may be halted, but worried that the voting populace has not really had enough time to contemplate the disaster it creates when it exercises its voting rights without sufficient thought. Time will tell, I guess.

Jerry Critter said...

Calling it a coup may be a little strong. However, it does appear that the military through McMaster and Kelly are trying to neuter Trump.

Green Eagle said...

Jerry, a word is just a word, of course, but when the military neuters the leader of a country, I don't think it is stretching things too much to call that a coup.