Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Seven Days in May

It was one of the scariest movies of the 1960's and a cracking good novel, too. An army general decides that the president is weak and destroying the nation. His solution: a military coup and martial law. Could it be happening for real today?

It's possible to dismiss Chuck Norris when he talks about thousands of cells ready to rise up and take over the nation. Excluding the random rightwing terrorist like Tim McVeigh, I expect Norris' cells are like the border watching Minutemen of a few years ago - overweight louts who will only fight if they don't have to leave their lounge chairs. There is also a real threat.
I am not the first to notice this dangerous convergence, Running 'Cause I Can't Fly was there before me. A military coup is a hazard of having a large, professional military (the phrase "all volunteer" is a misnomer) separated from the civilian society. While I have no doubt that most American servicemembers are loyal first to the country I also have no doubt that cunning commanders would be able to forge the religious fanatics and rightwing extremists in the ranks into an effective force to take over the government.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Possibly. But, might we also possibly have war within the military, between the defenders of the US government and those seeking to overthrow?

KnightErrant said...

In brief, the plot of "Seven Days in May" is a colonel opposes Gen. James Mattoon Scott's conspiracy.

CoyotePrime said...

For an overtly military coup d'etat to succeed in the US, social order would have to have broken down completely- power grids down, empty stores, massive rioting and population migration, and all the rest of that nightmare. Far more likely the solution they chose in Dallas, on November 22, 1963...

two crows said...

I agree with Coyote.
I get downright nervous when I see Obama go out to a basketball game and sit in the bleachers.
I hope he's wearing a bulletproof vest. But then, JFK was shot in the head.