New Coup Plot Exposures Define Central Issue of U.S. Election as War or Peace

President Trump's comments at a press conference on Labor Day confirmed that he is fully aware that a faction in the U.S. military and intelligence community is actively engaging in the ongoing coup against him. In pointed remarks against the “endless wars” initiated by the G.W. Bush and Obama administrations, he stated again that he would put an end to these wars, while identifying what former President Dwight Eisenhower famously called the "Military-Industrial Complex" (MIC) as responsible for entrapping the United States in such wars. He differentiated between the rank-and-file military, which he said support him, and the “top people in the Pentagon," who he said "want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs, and make the planes, and make everything else, stay happy." Describing the succession of wars since 9/11 as "One cold-hearted betrayal after another," he concluded by reiterating that "we’re getting out of the endless wars…. Let’s bring our soldiers back home.”

Two days later, Marine General McKenzie, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, announced that 2,000 troops of the remaining 5,000 in Iraq will be leaving, while an administration spokesman said there will soon be an announcement of the withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan.

These developments followed a remarkable presentation by Colonel Richard Black at the Schiller Institute conference on September 5, which he titled "Do We Risk a Military Coup?" Black, the former head of the U.S. Army Criminal Law Division in the Pentagon, and a former Republican State Senator in Virginia, presented statements attacking Trump from numerous former military officials, including Trump's former Defense Secretary General James Mattis and former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, which are part of an escalating pattern which he called a "dangerously politicized" situation emerging within the military.  

He identified a piece published in the June 4, 2020 "morning briefing" of Foreign Policy magazine titled “Generals Denounce Trump’s Protest Crackdown Plan” as a key moment in the public assault by former military officials against the President.  Among those speaking out was Gen. Mattis, who criticized Trump's mooting that he would invoke the Insurrection Act to deal with the violent protests sweeping the nation.   By challenging a President's well-established right to do so, Black stated that this creates "doubt whether the military command can still be counted on to respond to lawful orders by the president.  It is no longer clear that the defense establishment functions in a safe, responsible manner today."

He included in this pattern articles which appeared in Defense One, which ran in its August 11 edition an open letter by two retired Lieutenant  Colonels to Gen. Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, insisting that the military must be prepared to intervene if Trump did not leave after the November election.   They wrote, “If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order.”  Black commented, "It should go without saying that it is impermissible for retired officers to urge a coup to overthrow the government of the United States.  And since President Trump has never hinted that he would not follow the constitutional plan for succession of power, it is doubly disturbing that their call for military insurrection is based on fanciful conjecture of what the president might or might not do under various scenarios." 

A follow-up article in Defense One on August 18 was titled "Six Scenarios for Military Intervention After January 20", which is Inauguration Day for the winner of the presidential election.  Black quoted author Thomas Crosbie, who wrote,  “Coups … are nasty things, and discussing them in the American context is deeply distasteful. Nevertheless, facing these scenarios may help us understand the real dynamics general and flag officers will be forced to navigate in the coming months.” 

Black noted that Crosbie "appears to suggest that the generals must begin to contemplate overthrowing the president on or after January 20, 2021 if the situation warrants doing so. Now, that lieutenant colonels’ letter might be dismissed as delusional, however, other factors, including its prominent placement in Defense One, suggests that others are acting in concert to undermine the authority of the president as commander-in-chief of the armed forces."   

Black concluded the devastating exposure of treasonous activity by demanding that the "Defense Department must act resolutely to restore public confidence that our nation will not be overthrown by a military cabal."


A leading role in this campaign to erode the President's support from military layers is being played by a media group called the Emerson Collective, which is owned by Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Steve Jobs, whose Apple Computer company has become part of the Silicon Valley operation engaged in consolidation of the "surveillance state", which is a key component in the updated version of the MIC.  She purchased the Atlantic magazine in July 2017, and is using it to aid the anti-Trump insurrection.  Defense One is part of this emerging corporate conglomerate, along with Axios news.  Jobs also funds Pro-Publica and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which have been involved in backing regime change coups globally.  Powell has contributed $600,000 to Joe Biden's campaign, and has a long history of financial support and political back-up to his running mate, Kamala Harris.

The editor-in-chief of the Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, has written two articles intended to build support for the anti-Trump coup.  His article "James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution" appeared on June 3, 2020, and gave Mattis the opportunity to speak publicly against Trump, after a self-imposed silence following his firing.  On September 3, Goldberg escalated his assault on Trump, asserting that he has contempt for fallen American soldiers.  The article, "Trump: Americans Who Died in War are 'Losers' and 'Suckers'" quotes anonymous sources who claim they overheard Trump refuse to visit a World War I cemetery in France, where American dead were buried, saying the cemetery "is filled with losers."

After Goldberg's piece was "confirmed" by other media, including CNN and Fox, a number of officials who were there when Trump allegedly made these comments, denied hearing him say that.  Even John Bolton, who was with him on that visit to France, and who has turned against him, acknowledged that Trump never made such comments.  Goldberg was forced to admit that the White House version is "probably accurate"in other words, he LIED, he made the story upbut Goldberg insists that it is true that Trump has contempt for American military personnel.  Despite Goldberg's admission, the story has made the rounds, and has been used to undermine support for Trump among both active-duty and military veterans.

This was not the first time Goldberg has been caught citing anonymous sources to push lies to bolster the narrative promoted by the War Hawks of the MIC.  In 2002 he wrote an article for the New Yorker magazine, which claimed he discovered connections between Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq and Al-Qaeda.  This was cited by Dick Cheney as "devastating" evidence which backs the Bush-Cheney administration's case for going to war to topple Saddam.  It was later acknowledged that the story was false, likely planted by intelligence operatives to justify the war.


Adding to this developing picture are comments included in Bob Woodward's latest venture into psychological warfare in his book, "Rage", set to be released in time to influence the election.  Woodward made a name for himself when he was selected by the Washington Post to be the beneficiary of leaks from the intelligence community in the "Watergate" operation, which succeeded in forcing President Richard Nixon to resign from office in 1974.  In the midst of unsubstantiated charges and outright lies about President Donald Trump contained in the excerpts that have been released thus far, Woodward reports that Gen. James Mattis told then Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, that President Trump was “dangerous” and “unfit,” and warned Coats that “there may come a time when we have to take collective action” against Trump.   Woodward does not speculate as to what form such "collective action" might take, but it is coherent with more recent evidence that Mattis was contemplating a military coup.

In a separate conversation cited by Woodward, Mattis purportedly said, “The President has no moral compass,” to which Coats purportedly responded, “True. To him, a lie is not a lie. It’s just what he thinks. He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”

Mattis was fired by Trump when he openly rejected the President's order to pull back U.S. forces in Syria.  Coats also expressed his disagreement with this, and made clear his opposition to end the ongoing U.S. involvement in wars in southwest Asia, as well as his staunch opposition to Trump's overtures to Vladimir Putin.  While Trump called for a decisive break with the British imperial geopolitical doctrines which were the basis for U.S. military force to be deployed to the region, Mattis and Coats were in league with the neo-con Republicans blocking Trump on this initiative, and were allied with the War Hawk Democrats—all acting on behalf of the Military Industrial Complex. Trump's often-stated commitment of his intention to establish friendly, cooperative relations with Russia and President Putin is at the heart of their hysteria against the Trump presidency from the beginning, as it represents a direct threat to the existing, crumbling geopolitical world order they are defending.  In spite of years of lies and slander in Russiagate and the Ukraine impeachment against him, Trump has continued to defend his intent to work with Russia—and this is an existential threat to the world order built since the end of the Cold War.

The attacks on Trump from former military officials, combined with the groupings of Bush Republicans who have endorsed Biden, prove that there is really only one party, a war party, and that Trump stands above and outside that party.  Biden has been a supporter of virtually every war launched during his long political career, especially as Obama's Vice President, when the U.S. carried out a regime change coup that empowered Islamic terrorists in Libya, overthrew an elected government in Ukraine to provoke a degeneration of relations with Russia, continued the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, backed the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, and funded, armed and trained the anti-Assad terrorists in Syria. 

Trump's Labor Day comments, and the exposure of a possible insurrection coming from within some Pentagon networks, has defined the real issue of the 2020 campaign as that of war or peace.  The forces behind the coup against President Trump are the same as those committed to maintaining a world order shaped by the globalists of the British and American networks of the MIC, for whom war is a necessary instrument to defend their imperial interests, and who are the only beneficiaries of war.


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  • UnderTheShadow...⭐⭐⭐ 💓 🇺🇸 👍
    commented 2020-09-13 16:32:33 -0400
    It was Obama that introduced the question, “Could you kill American citizens?” for new recruits.
    It was Obama that reduced the military to bare bones. Obama has his own reactionaries…our children.
    What about Esper and Millie? Are they trustworthy?
    It’s possible that when Trump raised using the military on the insurrectionists that it was not a serious consideration, but another one of his taunts for the benefit of reactions. It’s very effective.
    I believe Flynn had already informed the President of what was in the works for any incoming president who came after Obama, even Hillary Clinton.
    Trump has always known what was coming down the pike.
  • rex willard
    commented 2020-09-13 08:05:53 -0400
    i don’t have the words to explain what i feel about this article. however , i can express my intention to pray multiple times a day for this great president who has placed himself in harms way with ppl who r at the core pure evil. may the Lord God watch over him and place a hedge of his best angles around him to protect him . scary article mr schlanger honest but scary.
  • Harley Schlanger
    published this page in Articles & Interviews 2020-09-12 21:04:49 -0400