August 21, 2002


Coup De Crawford (Maureen Dowd, August 21, 2002, NY Times)
We used to worry about a military coup against civilian authority. Now we worry about a civilian coup against military authority.

It's the reverse of the classic movie "Seven Days in May," about gung-ho generals trying to wrest power from an "appeasing" president. In "Thirty-One Days in August," gung-ho presidential advisers try to wrest power away from "appeasing" generals.

In the 1964 movie, the generals' code for their military coup was a bet on the Preakness. In the 2002 version, W. signaled his civilian coup by telling an A.P. reporter his vacation reading was "Supreme Command," a new book by Eliot A. Cohen, a conservative who favors ousting Saddam. In his book, Mr. Cohen attacks the Powell Doctrine and argues that civilian leaders should not defer to "the fundamental caution" of whiny generals on grand strategy or use of force.

Note though the one thing that's stayed the same even forty years later--it is conservatives who are evil. If the generals want to fight communism, they're evil conservatives. If the politicians want to fight radical Islam, they're evil conservatives. It is only, and ever, the appeasers who are the good guys. In fact, this column seems to argue that the Constitution and civilian authority over the military should take a back seat to appeasement. What a strange hateful little woman...
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2002 1:51 PM
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