Military intrigues swirl around Obama at start of second term: The drone gang confronts the gulf of Tonkin cabal.
The moment when any colonial power begins to downsize its empire or pull back from foreign aggression generally brings with it the risk of great political instability at home.
Even so consummate statesman as French President Charles de Gaulle had to put down a military coup d’état by four rogue generals in Algiers in April 1961, including the threat that paratroopers loyal to colonialist fanatics would attempt to attack Paris.
This past Friday, President Obama announced that the US departure from Afghanistan would be faster and more complete than many had supposed. Fifty years after the Kennedy assassination, we must investigate the possible reaction of the enormous vested interests of the US military, defense contractors, and private military firms to the looming prospect of having the United States engaged in no major war for the first time since 2001.
Obama has also announced his candidates for three important posts: Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan for head of the CIA. Press commentary has stressed that these three may all be considered confidants, loyalists, and retainers for Obama. Eric Holder, who will remain as Attorney General, fits the same description. Obama is trying to protect himself from hostile political forces, including Watergate-style attacks and subversion by the rogue network. On November 21, 2012, Obama sent a memorandum to executive departments and agencies calling for “effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies” to prevent “actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security.” “These threats encompass potential espionage, violent acts against the government or the nation, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information….” This could mean Wikileaks, or it could mean Seven Days in May.