Kurt Schlichter, columnist, attorney and retired Army Colonel, has written the first part of a fictional account of a military coup against President Trump in 2018:
But how would one pull off a coup d’etat in the United States? Most of the political hacks had no idea, while the military experts understood the massive challenge. Some answers were obvious – in the Third World, the first thing the plotters take control of are the radio and TV stations and the newspapers. In America, the media was already in the bag. Hell, they would cheerlead a coup. But the actual seizure of power? That was more complicated.
“You just send in some soldiers and take over everything,” said the younger and, astonishingly, stupider California senator. “You know, with guns. How hard can this Army stuff be?”
Retired – actually, fired by Trump – General Leonard Smith, who had been promoted by Obama after failing to win in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who successfully spearheaded the transsexuals in foxholes initiative, tried to explain.
“Look, it’s a matter of numbers. We take all our land forces in CONUS…”
“What’s CONUS?” asked a former Clinton Deputy Assistant Undersecretary of Defense.
“The continental United States,” the general replied, annoyed. “We have maybe 45 brigade combat teams total available, counting everything active and reserve, Marine and Army. Less than one per state. And a city takes a brigade to control – at least. New York would take ten. And that’s assuming they were all loyal to us. There’s police and federal law enforcement too, but we also have 100 million armed Americans who might object.”
“Ridiculous,” sniffed the senator. “How can a bunch of citizens armed with their deer rifles stop a modern army?”
Go here to read the rest. A military coup would be incredibly hard to pull off in this fair land of freedom for numerous reasons:
- It is ingrained in officers from day one that the concept of civilian control of the military is sacred. (When I was in Army ROTC that was the subject of the first lecture we received.)
- High ranking officers tend to view each other as competitors rather than plotting colleagues.
- The military leaks like a sieve.
- The governments of the states would likely serve as rallying centers against a coup.
- It would be impossible to control all the media in these days of the internet and other high tech means of mass communication.
- Portions of the military, especially National Guard units, would likely resist the coup. A Civil War would be practically a certainty as a result of an attempted coup.
- The US is a vast country. Think how long the Confederacy held out, and the cost that had to be paid to defeat it.
- The US is a heavily armed country with more firearms than people and with National Guard armories scattered throughout the country. The insurgent units against any coup would practically form themselves as a result.
- Washington DC is the center of government but has little intrinsic power of its own. The military coup plotters would have to exercise control simultaneously over an endless list of major cities and military bases.
- It is an article of faith of the American people that legitimate political power comes through elections and enough of them would fight against an attempt to short circuit an election to make sure that a coup would only be the beginning of a very long conflict.
Coup attempts in the US will remain the stuff of fiction.