American Decline

Retired general warns the U.S. military could lead a coup after the 2024 election

By Mary Louise Kelly, Noah Caldwell, and Ashish Valentine, National Public Radio

As the anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol approaches, three retired U.S. generals have warned that another insurrection could occur after the 2024 presidential election and the military could instigate it.

The generals – Paul Eaton, Antonio Taguba and Steven Anderson – made their case in a recent Washington Post Op-Ed. “In short: We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time,” they wrote.

Paul Eaton, a retired U.S. Army major general and a senior adviser to VoteVets, spoke with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly earlier this week.

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  1. Maybe this is a kind of controlled opposition? I mean, the military is increasingly a source of everything the corporate sector would approve of; wokeism, lucrative contracts, control of the world (that control which manifests as violence, I mean. Maybe the intuition of the military felt that the motivation to further castrate this institution needed to be made more explicit? And so, a fear of a Trump-style coup needed to be vocalized?

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