Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard
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How possible is a military-led coup in the US?

I posted the following statement in a closed forum:

the US military is so thoroughly professional, and the culture of it being subordinate to civilian power (but only insofar as it is required to follow lawful orders and refuse to follow unlawful ones) so ingrained, that a coup run or supported by the US military is just about totally impossible.


...and got told I was being "willfully optimistic". I truly don't think so; I can see no set of circumstances under which a coup would be supported by the US military, much less led by it, that did not involve actions on the part of the President and/or Congress that would rise to the level of outright abrogation of the Constitution and would produce an armed revolt among the populace.

Those of you reading this who are closer to the US armed forces than I am, how optimistic is my statement?
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