Sacred Monarchs have been overthrown by military leaders throughout all 5,000 years of statism. Caesarism is ancient. Bonapartism is the modern version of Caesarism. We see it happening every day in the world’s media. The Egyptian Army and secret police just overthrew the first elected, democratic government in Egypt’s history. (I believe for many reasons the CIA is behind this and supplies the vital war materials and money and intelligence to the Egyptian Army, but the U.S. government is openly against the take-over in the Media.)
The vast secret police armies and their immense militias of former agents and contractors, about 5,000,000 of whom have secret clearance in the U.S., are far more dangerous to freedom and democracy and legitimate government than the professional military, especially when they have heavy weapons and Special Ops of their own, as the Gestapo, KBG, and CIA have had. Putin moved up to totalitarian power by combining power from the KGB, MVD, and Red Army. He pretends to be an “elected, constitutional” leader, but he is a modern Caesar Augustus, total ruler behind a front of republican government that is ultimately powerless. The Bushes did the same in the U.S.
The first real coup at the presidential level in the U.S. was the military-CIA coup during Iran-Contra. I think the military guys clearly took over and did what they wanted to do. Bush I, the CIA Director who decided to become Vice President and then President was almost certainly the point man running the coup, not Admiral Poindexter, et al. Reagan was out to lunch. The Special Prosecutor said in his book on it that he ran into Stone Walls in all directions–protecting Bush, the CIA, the Admirals and Captains, etc.
Patton and MacArthur were continually creating their own “orders.” General Eisenhower and the Dulles CIA brothers conspired to start WWIII–the Nuclear Cold War with Russia and ran assassination conspiracies around the world. They overthrew Iranian democracy and rulers and those in other nations. They murdered rulers from the Caribbean to Vietnam. JFK and his whole entourage kept finding the military were doing their own thing in the Cuban Missile Crisis and found it extremely difficult to stop them. The FBI-CIA were up to their necks in the JFK murder and worked closely with Oswald for years when he was a double agent. J. Edgar ran his own secret police at the secret core of the FBI and no president could stop him. The military and CIA hid the truth about Vietnam and fed DOD and the White House vast reams of statistical lies in body counts, etc. Dereliction of duty became treason in fact. When the CIA-FBI destroyed Nixon with their Watergate Conspiracy, all run by CIA-FBI agents, Nixon finally surrendered power secretly to a General. Clinton, Bush I, and Barry Soetero have been military-secret police front men. The military got all the wars they wanted and lost them all. The CIA is doing whatever it wants.
I don’t know specifically what is happening in these on-going purges of the military, but it looks like the secret police are getting rid of the top people who might oppose their total power, like the heads of ONI who are their main intelligence competitors [along with Army Intel., NRO, etc.], the top Generals, etc.
The military and secret police have been running things at the top in a loose, complex alliance for decades. Now they seem to be struggling for power in the usual ways used by totalitarians, using laws to purge enemies, etc. The same kind of political purge is going on in China now. It’s SOP.
If the military gives up and marches off to the prisons and old-age homes, the secret police will reign supreme. I think the military have been fighting back since the purge of the Generals and more and more of the Navy.
The Secret Police need heavy weapons and masses of boots on the ground. The CIA has developed its own Special Ops and murder squads. It’s likely some of the military Special Ops forces are working with the secret police, as the SS did in Germany (as Hitler planned they would do in such a conspiracy by the Wehrmacht General Staff) and special units of the military did in Russia around Moscow when there was any threat of Bonapartism, as they called military take overs, Bonaparte being the classic example. But many of the Special Ops seem angry at being run by the CIA, as in the SEALs attack in Pakistan.
I think the intelligent people know the System is going to totally implode. It imploded at the top after Lehman in one weekend when the whole top of U.S. finance went down. This time it will be a general meltdown of finance. They will impose martial law. They are testing it out in huge exercises like that at Boston. I think they are struggling for control of that total power to come. Barry is not even in the loop.
The standing, professional military are always loyal to reigning regimes, until the day they take over. Caesarism is hardly new. That’s why the Founders were desperately against a professional military force and would have died fighting secret police.