Former senior Obama administration official Rosa Brooks proposed the violent overthrow of President Trump as one of four ways to oust the newly inaugurated Chief Executive from the White House. Because she’s a left-winger don’t count on her being shackled and frogmarched into a paddy wagon.
“Are we really stuck with this guy?” she writes in a blog post at Foreign Policy magazine’s website. “It’s the question being asked around the globe, because Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared.”
“[A] military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders” would be a good way to go, Brooks writes, adding it is a possibility “that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America[.]”
According to her online bio, from 2009 to 2011 Brooks was Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. In 2011 she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service which could means she was a talent-free yes-woman at the Pentagon.
But does she actually know any enlisted personnel or just flag officers who sucked up to the military-hating President Obama? A pre-election poll by Military.com suggested Trump was wildly popular among the troops. He out-polled Hillary Clinton 3 to 1. And this was not a marginal survey.
Across all branches of military service, Trump had a strong majority, Military.com reported. A total of 17,149 respondents completed the questionnaire, the website reported. A breakdown by service found Trump has the support of 74 percent of Marines and Marine Corps Reserve respondents; 68 percent of Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard; 68 percent of Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard; and 62 percent of Navy and Navy Reserve respondents. He has 63 percent of just active-duty respondents; 55 percent of active duty officers are counted: He has 63 percent of that group.
Given President Trump’s bold moves in his first few days in his office and his muscular approach to military and national security matters, my guess is that today his approval numbers among military personnel (who naturally tend to be politically conservative) would be even higher.
Rage consumed-liberals could also wait Trump out and defeat his reelection bid “[b]ut after such a catastrophic first week, four years seems like a long time to wait.”
Impeachment and removal from office is also an option, she argues. But “impeachments take time: months, if not longer — even with an enthusiastic Congress. And when you have a lunatic controlling the nuclear codes, even a few months seems like a perilously long time to wait.”
Then there’s the potential invocation of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution which allows the Chief Executive’s removal if he “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Appeals could be made to Vice President Mike Pence’s ambition.
Pence isn’t exactly a political moderate — he’s been unremittingly hostile to gay rights, he’s a climate change skeptic, etc. — but, unappealing as his politics may be to many Americans, he does not appear to actually be insane. (This is the new threshold for plausibility in American politics: “not actually insane.”)
Brooks is — surprise, surprise — a professor at and an associate dean of Georgetown University Law Center.
She was a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State, a consultant for Human Rights Watch, a fellow at the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a board member of Amnesty International USA, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a lecturer at Yale Law School, a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States, the board of the National Security Network and the Steering Committee of the White Oak Foreign Policy Leaders Project.
In 2006-2007 she was Special Counsel to the President at George Soros’s Open Society Institute in New York.
Of course she was.