In the aftermath of a deadly coup attempt in Turkey last week, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times warns that similar misfortunes would not be that inconceivable if Donald Trump is elected president.
James Kirchick, author and fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative, wrote that if a President Trump held firm to positions he has stated this election season, that Americans "should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency."
"If I say do it, they're going to do it," Kirchick quotes.
One example: killing families of terrorists.
"If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act," Kirchick quoted retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden telling TV host Bill Maher. "You are required not to follow an unlawful order."
Kirchick asks, what if a President Trump didn't relent and tried to fire a general for not following an illegal order?
"If this scenario sounds implausible, consider that Trump has normalized so many once-outrageous things — from open racism to blatant lying," Kirchick writes.
How laughable. The American military is made up of Americans and most Americans don't have the cajones for a coup. After all, soldiers like to watch football and drink beer in their off duty hours too.
Besides, the idea of violent revolution has been bred out of Americans from generations of soft living.
Also, Mr. Trump may be many things, but he is not an idiot. General Hayden is the idiot. He just tipped his hand. Trump now knows that he cannot rely on Hayden. If Trump wins, he'll spend the first year of his presidency getting rid of people he knows he can't rely on. As commander-in-chief of the military, he can't fire someone without proper cause, but he can reassign them at his discretion.
By this time next year Hayden may find himself the CO of Thule (Tooley) Air Base in Greenland. I hope he has a good pair of long undies!