The morning is young but I'll bet this will be the silliest thing I read today, or maybe this year [and let's pull it back out of the memory hole rather than letting it slink away in shame]. The military effecting a civilized, bloodless coup because they don't like the current leadership? The United States military? They have spent over two hundred years not doing that, and they have far too much pride and honor to start now.
I'll worry about more plausible disasters, like the Yankees flying to the wrong city and forfeiting a playoff game.
AND ECHOING FROM A MOUNTAIN ON THE LEFT: Via Matt Drudge, Gore Vidal sees the US drifting towards a military dictatorship, but the timing is not specified:
Today religious mania has infected the political bloodstream and America has become corrosively isolationist, he says. “Ask an American what they know about Sweden and they’d say ‘They live well but they’re all alcoholics’. In fact a Scandinavian system could have benefited us many times over.” Instead, America has “no intellectual class” and is “rotting away at a funereal pace. We’ll have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together. Obama would have been better off focusing on educating the American people. His problem is being over-educated. He doesn’t realise how dim-witted and ignorant his audience is. Benjamin Franklin said that the system would fail because of the corruption of the people and that happened under Bush.”