The American tradition of the soldier-statesman is returning. A dozen of America’s 45 Presidents have been former generals, but the the last one was Eisenhower, and he was 60 years ago and the only one since the start of the 20th Century.
It’s the beginning of a crisis in civilian and military relations in the US, and it’s an unusual one for anybody who’s seen this kind of thing play out in South American or the Middle East. In those places, the military tries to seize power from the civilian government, but in the US the civilian President is trying to drag the military into political internal conflicts, and military leadership is resisting.
In October 2016 a friend predicted the US was less than five years from the Military Coup to Restore Democracy, and less than 10 years from the Military Coup That Would End Democracy Permanently.
The Economist podcast