‘Coup’ Concerns Suddenly Don’t Seem So Far-Fetched

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For most of the last three years, Donald Trump’s critics have scoffed at supposed “conspiracy theories” that claimed a “deep state” of bureaucrats were aborting the Trump presidency.

We have been told the word “coup” is hyperbole that reveals the paranoid minds of Trump supporters. Yet oddly, many people brag that they are proud members of a deep state and occasionally boast about the idea of a coup.

Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, “Thank God for the deep state.” Former CIA Director John Brennan agreed and praised the “deep state people” for their opposition to Trump.

Far from denying the danger of an unelected careerist
bureaucracy that seeks to overturn presidential policies, New York Times
columnists have praised its efforts to nullify the Trump agenda.

On the first day of the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called his initial two witnesses, career State Department diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent.

Far from providing damning evidence of criminal presidential behavior, Taylor and Kent mostly confined themselves to three topics: their own sterling resumes, their lack of any firsthand knowledge of incriminating Trump action, and their poorly hidden disgust with the manner and substance of Trump’s foreign policy.

Oddly, both had little clue that their demeanor and thinly disguised self-importance were a perfect example of why Trump got elected—to come up with new ideas antithetical to the conventional wisdom of unelected career bureaucrats.

Taylor and Kent announced that they are simply high-minded
civil servants who serve the presidential administrations of both parties
without bias.

But by nature, the huge federal bureaucracy counts on bigger
government and more taxes to feed it. So naturally, the bureaucracy is usually
more sympathetic to big-government progressives than to small-government
conservatives.

Taylor and Kent cited their anguish with Trump’s foreign policy toward Ukraine—namely that it did not go through official channels and was too unsympathetic to Ukraine and too friendly to Russia.

If so, one might have thought the anguished bureaucrats would have similarly gone public during the Obama administration.

After all, Vice President Joe Biden took over the Obama administration’s Ukrainian policy at a time when his son Hunter Biden was knee-deep in Ukrainian affairs. As a consultant for a Ukrainian natural gas company, Hunter Biden made a reported $80,000 a month without expertise in either the energy business in particular or Ukraine in general.

Also, Trump’s policies have been more anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian than those of the Obama administration. Trump armed the Ukrainians; Obama did not. Trump imposed new sanctions against Russia, used force against Russian mercenaries in Syria, beefed up NATO defenses, pulled the U.S. out an asymmetrical missile treaty with Russia, and pumped more oil and gas to lower world prices—much to the chagrin of oil-exporting Russia.

In contrast, Obama was the architect of “reset” with Russia that reached its nadir in a hot mic exchange in which Obama offered a quid pro quo, vowing more flexibility on issues such as U.S.-sponsored missile defense in Eastern Europe in exchange for Russia giving Obama “space” to concentrate on his reelection.

Trump’s critics have also radically changed their spin on
“coups.” To them, “coup” is no longer a dirty word
trafficked in by right-wing conspiracists. Instead, it has been normalized as a
possibly legitimate means of aborting the Trump presidency.

Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the Ukraine
whistleblower, boasted in two recently discovered tweets of ongoing efforts to
stage a coup to remove Trump.

“#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow,” Zaid tweeted in January 2017.

Later the same month, he tweeted: “#coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place.”

Retired Adm. William H. McRaven recently wrote an op-ed for The New York Times all but calling for Trump’s ouster—”the sooner the better.”

No sooner had Trump been elected than Rosa Brooks, a former
Defense Department official during the Obama administration, wrote an essay for
Foreign Policy magazine discussing theoretical ways to remove Trump before the
2020 election, among them a scenario involving a military coup.

In September 2018, The New York Times published an op-ed
from an anonymous White House official who boasted of supposedly widescale
efforts inside the Trump administration to nullify its operations and subvert
presidential directives.

Such efforts to oppose Trump are often self-described as
“The Resistance,” a reference to the underground French fighters
resisting the Nazis in World War II.

Trump’s opponents often have praised the deep state
precisely because unelected career officials are seen as the most effective way
to sabotage and stymie his agenda.

A “coup” is no longer proof of right-wing
paranoia, but increasingly a part of the general progressive discourse of
resistance to Trump.

In these upside-down times, patriotism is being redefined as
removing a president before a constitutionally mandated election.

(c) 2019 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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