Thursday, October 1, 2009

Newsmax's John Perry Presents Scenario For Peaceful Military Coup To Remove Barack Obama From Office; Newsmax Takes Down Article

On September 29th, 2009, Newsmax published an article by John Perry in which he proposed a likely scenario by which Barack Obama would be removed from the Presidency via a "constitutional coup". The coup would be modeled more after the peaceful version which removed the socialist President Manuel Zelaya from power in Honduras rather than the violent version in which Augusto Pinochet removed Salavdor Allende from power in 1973 and saved Chile from Communist dictatorship. Although many compare Obama to Adolf Hitler, Obama actually compares more favorably with Allende, Zelaya, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez. But it's important to note that Perry was not positively advocating the execution of the scenario, however.

The article was entitled "Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention’", but as you can see by clicking the link, Newsmax has since taken it down, replacing it with a disclaimer in which they state that Perry was not advocating such a scenario but simply describing one. But after several reader complaints, they wanted to ensure that the article was not misinterpreted, so they removed it. Newsmax also strongly reiterates that they believe in the principles of Constitutional government and would never advocate or insinuate any suggestion of an activity that would undermine our democracy or democratic institutions. They conclude by stating that Perry has no official relationship with Newsmax, but is merely an unpaid blogger.

However, by taking the article down, Newsmax has abandoned any claim of copyright protection once enjoyed over the article, and so several websites, most notably Media Matters, have re-posted it. The article is re-posted in its entirety below, although I did some paragraph reformatting:

Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention’
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:35 AM
By: John L. Perry

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:

-- Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”

-- Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized. They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation in office.

-- They can see that the economy — ravaged by deficits, taxes, unemployment, and impending inflation — is financially reliant on foreign lender governments.

-- They can see this president waging undeclared war on the intelligence community, without whose rigorous and independent functions the armed services are rendered blind in an ever-more hostile world overseas and at home.

-- They can see the dismantling of defenses against missiles targeted at this nation by avowed enemies, even as America’s troop strength is allowed to sag.

-- They can see the horror of major warfare erupting simultaneously in two, and possibly three, far-flung theaters before America can react in time.

-- They can see the nation’s safety and their own military establishments and honor placed in jeopardy as never before.

So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do? Wait until this president bungles into losing the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s arsenal of nuclear bombs falls into the hands of militant Islam? Wait until Israel is forced to launch air strikes on Iran’s nuclear-bomb plants, and the Middle East explodes, destabilizing or subjugating the Free World?

What happens if the generals Obama sent to win the Afghan war are told by this president (who now says, “I’m not interested in victory”) that they will be denied troops they must have to win? Do they follow orders they cannot carry out, consistent with their oath of duty? Do they resign en masse? Or do they soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?

Anyone who imagines that those thoughts are not weighing heavily on the intellect and conscience of America’s military leadership is lost in a fool’s fog. Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible. Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.” In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.


John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.

Media Matters posted their own reaction HERE. Other significant reaction was posted by TalkingPointsMemo, Think Progress, CrooksAndLiars, Free Republic, and Stormfront. That should cover all the important stops on the overall political spectrum.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pity the editorial was removed from NewsMax website. For the sake of the Constitution and the Republic, this WILL come to pass. The first alligiance every uniformed service member has is to the Constitution; not to a sitting president and his subversive, anti-Constituitional agenda. There is a radical sea change in the hearts and minds of senior ranking officers and NCOs that is palpable. Disgust and contempt for the current administration is exponentially greater than in the Clinton abomination, correction, administration. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are Americans first, PERIOD. The removal of subversives will become a necessary evil until such time that the people are ready to elect responsible, Constitutional public servants to right the wrongs of the past. If you agree in principle that the executive and legislative branches are out of control and we are slipping toward an Orwellian/Marxist/fascist nightmare but are appalled by the prospect of (federal) military governance, then what do you propose? It is the sloth, greed and self-interest of the electorate that has allowed subversion to germinate and metastosize in our political culture. Subversion of our Constitution, as written-not what we desire it to be, is a cancer. Cancer must be treated with aggression and surgical precision. It must be cut out or irradiated until no longer a threat. Unfortunately, it has come to the point that our uniformed military is the only knife capable of promptly and wholely eradicating the cancer from our body. Forgive me for posting this anonymously, but I think it is self evident why.