Tag: Coup

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Peru’s Left-Wing President Attempts Coup; Congress Sends Him Packing


Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was impeached Wednesday and is now being held by Lima Police.

Peru’s Congress voted to oust President Pedro Castillo Wednesday, shortly after he attempted to dissolve the legislature and install himself as head of an emergency government. Lawmakers ignored Castillo’s declaration and voted to remove him from office in a vote of 101-6. Vice President Dina Boluarte now serves as the interim leader of the South American nation.

In the past six years, Peru has had six presidents amid numerous corruption investigations and impeachments.

Insurrection, Riot, Terrorism … My Balding Backside


I don’t know the answers to these three questions about The Dread 1/6, but I think they are enlightening as a thought experiment. Feel free to invent your own numbers, or characterizations, but please remember the basis upon which you made your estimates:

  • What was the total property damage compared to the value at stake? Feel free to lowball “inestimable” valuables (everything is estimable, but that’s a different post).
  • How many non-protesters were injured or killed by protesters? Feel free to include anybody who worked in or around the building, elected officials, LEOs, bystanders, or counter-protesters.
  • Without using words like insurrection, sedition, terrorism, and so forth, what other charges could be brought against the protesters? Think “lesser included charges” rather than “terrorism covers everything so it’s a trick question.”

Do you have a pretty firm feeling what the answers would be? To an order of magnitude? Rough guesstimate? Wild swag?

An Example Has Been Made: Pour Encourager les Autres


The now-fired Secretary of the Navy apparently sought to provide cover to senior NCIS, legal weasels, and an admiral over the SEAL teams, as they sought to slap the Commander in Chief in the face and cover up their own alleged criminal wrongdoing (now subject of another IG investigation). No military officer, of any rank, would tolerate such gross insubordination from a subordinate: “Sir, you didn’t put in a written order, so I didn’t have to do it.” Oh, but it was just a tweet, and we don’t like his tweets, and besides… Nonsense! In the words of Justice Scalia: “pure applesauce!”

The first two-star general for whom I directly worked gave me a great lesson in followership. He called attention to the way a staff training team reacted to him. The staff training team existed to exercise and develop staff in support of their commanders. The moment the commanding general opened his mouth, team members all had their notebooks out, pens poised and proceeded to write down every single word he said.

The general explained that that showed the doctrinally correct view of general officers’ words. All the words were to be treated as important guidance to their staff. The trainers now had the general’s words and were checking everything the staff did to see if it conformed, to see if the general’s staff was operating competently and correctly in support of the general.

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Driving in to work this morning I was listening to talk radio as usual. News and weather and traffic every fifteen minutes. The news is a mix of local and national. Usually shallow headline-y stuff. This morning I was struck by the presentation of two of the news stories. I was reminded, for the millionth […]

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The Week in Europe


The GOP convention has probably drowned out the news from Europe in the US, but it’s been a dramatic week. I’ve been unable to take my eyes or my mind off events in Turkey. I wrote this piece for City Journal:

… It will be many years, if ever, before we fully understand what just took place. But some of the conclusions hastily drawn in the Western media make no sense. Many commentators have been quick, for example, to accept Gülen’s intimation that the scale of the purge indicates the coup attempt was staged by Erdoğan himself, in some kind of Turkish Reichstag fire. True, lists of people to purge were prepared long in advance, but that doesn’t mean that Erdoğan staged the coup. It’s no surprise to anyone in Turkey that these lists were ready; the government had already said as much. To understand why, you’d need to be familiar with events in Turkey from the time the AKP came to power to the present, as well as the way, beginning in 2012, the AKP visibly, explosively, and publicly fell out with Gülen’s flock. The president has taken advantage of the coup plot to accelerate a purge, but it doesn’t mean he staged it. Nor is it evidence for Gülen’s involvement, though it would be credulous to dismiss that idea out of hand.

The Plot: A Report from Turkey


OkanI’ll post links soon to a few pieces I’ve written about the failed putsch in Turkey. Meanwhile, here’s an update from my friend and colleague Okan, who was interviewed recently by an Iranian journalist, Sajjad Moosavi. Okan kindly gave me permission to reproduce an English-language version of that interview.

Q: Who is Fethullah Gülen and what should we know about him?

A: Fethullah Gülen is essentially an Islamist preacher wrapped in a “moderate Islam” package for human consumption. I say “Islamist” and not “Muslim” because as with many others, such as members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Gülen’s mission in life is all about using religion to attain wealth and power with the ultimate goal of political dominance. Whether he’s assisted by international actors is a matter that should be investigated; however, it’s clear that the Gülenists partnered with Erdoğan to change the course of the Turkish Republic from a modern, secular direction to one that exploits religion to cling endlessly to power. Claire wrote two pieces about Gülen in which you can find excellent information: Who is Fethullah Gülen and Turkey’s Two Thugs.

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The Democrats know that Hillary is compromised, and will not be effective for as long as she is under a cloud. Given the events of her modern life, that cloud is not going away anytime soon. Besides which, the Democrats are also playing the long game: they want to win, and they want to build […]

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