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This editorial appears in the September 25, 2020 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

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Military Coup Threat Against President Trump Rose with New War Plans Against Russia and China

Sept. 14—Former Virginia State Senator, Col. Richard Black (USA ret.), delivered an explicit warning in public presentations on Sept. 5 and again Sept. 12, that senior U.S. military officers are considering a military coup against President Donald Trump because he opposes American wars and has pushed withdrawals from them. Colonel Black was backed up on webcasts of the LaRouche movement, by former NSA experts Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe opposing a cover-up of the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

Black denounced the coup planning and spoke about the indications of that planning. He cited:

• Known conversations between then Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis, USMC (ret.) and then Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, in which Mattis told Coats the time would come for them to “take collective action” against Trump.

• A blatant call for a military coup in an open letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, by retired Colonels John Nagl and Paul Yingling on the website Defense One.

• The open refusal of generals around Defense Secretary Mark Esper to carry out Trump’s directives to withdraw troops overseas, or keep order in American cities.

• Retired senior officers violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice in their public remarks about the President.

• An article rehearsing a military coup in outrageous detail in an Australian-British blog, The Conversation.

Investigation reveals that the British blog published a detailed planning document for a military coup against Trump in September 2017, by a professor at the known British intelligence center, the University of St. Andrews, but that writer, in his article, “Thinking the Unthinkable: Could There Be a Military Coup in the U.S.?” cited two other such pieces.

One of those other pieces excites additional suspicion: Published in Foreign Policy on January 30, 2017, just 10 days after Trump’s inauguration, and written by Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon aide to Michèle Flournoy, former Bush State Department advisor, 1999-2000; the article suggested Trump’s removal by a military coup. Today, Professor Brooks is also co-founder and head of the so-called Transition Integrity Project, which in June 2020 ran a war game of the 2020 election by a “bipartisan group of over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders and other experts” participating. Under Brooks’ direction, that war game found that any outcome other than a landslide victory for Joe Biden would throw America into chaos.

Shortly after September 2017, when the British blog published its detailed plan of events of a coup against Trump, the Pentagon started issuing, in winter 2017-2018, new national defense strategy documents which made Russia and China major strategic adversaries of the United States—clearly at odds with the President’s own repeated statement that “good relations with Russia and China are a good thing.”

While President Donald Trump has stated this principle again as recently as his Michigan rally last week, Pentagon strategy documents and top generals have become virulent nuclear power confrontationists, and not only in documents—they are carrying out war exercises all around Russia and China. In this fall of 2020, American and NATO aircraft are staging repeated air exercises that come within a few miles of Russia’s northwestern and southwestern borders, conducting target acquisitions and mock attacks inside Russia.

See also the “Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: Sharpening the American Military’s Competitive Edge: January 19, 2018.”

There is no indication from President Trump’s public statements or policies that he approves the conduct of constant surveillance and air war games over the borders of Russia, for example. Are we reliving JFK’s 1962, when the top Pentagon brass kept demanding to attack and invade Cuba even while President John Kennedy was achieving the removal of Soviet nuclear missiles from that country? Kennedy’s moderation, in the eyes of the warhawks planning wars from Cuba to Vietnam, probably had him removed by assassination a year later.

Now Is Our Time To Act

The long attempt to oust President Trump by some form of coup—including a possibly “uncallable” 2020 election—could now be taking the shape of a military coup in order to launch a war or wars of incalculable consequences for the American population and the world.

The British Conversation blog post said, “the plotters of an American military coup would need to deny them information on what’s happening, and just as importantly to deny any would-be loyalists the time or ability to act.”

Now is all our time to act. In his remarks on September 12, Col. Black said:

I think the most important thing we can do right now is to shine the spotlight on what is going on in the Pentagon, how absolutely poisonous the atmosphere has become....

I think it comes down to organizations like this, publications like this, that publicize and get the word out early enough....

It is very, very important that this talk about the potential for a military coup, spread across the country. If it does, I think it throws a steel rod in the turning wheels of the Pentagon ... and I think it will block a coup, if one is seriously being contemplated, as I suspect it is.

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