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applez
Oct. 6th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the democracyarsenal link. It's certainly the sort of thing I think about, and read around, but I don't see the necessary precursors for an actual collision between military and civilian authorities in the US. For example, no US General today has the arrogance, political ambition, and public respect of Douglas MacArthur (the last time I think there was a genuine risk of things going very badly for my Republic).

Actually, I wish there were more voices of dissent within the military during the Bush years, as torture became policy.
raycun
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
That Democracy Arsenal article is just strange. The excerpts he quotes are more naturally interpreted as officers saying they would/should refuse to commit war crimes, but Cohen is arguing that they are really preludes to a coup d'etat.

Cohen's reading isn't supported by anything in the original article. Milburn talks about a duty to refuse orders, but there is a very long way from there to a duty to replace civilian leaders.
mountainkiss
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
Hello.

Not on topic, but Patrick and I are going to be in Brussels on Friday, assuming that we can verify the existence of a left-luggage locker at Bruxelles-Midi. Is there any possibility of meeting for a coffee during the day, or similar? I think our return train is about 5 or 6pm.

Please don't worry if not. I know it's short notice and you're busy. But it seemed silly not to ask.

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