One Possible Future....
"[A] terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event [will occur] somewhere in the Western world - it may be in the United States of America - that
causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass,
casualty-producing event." (General Tommy Franks Interview, Cigar Aficionado, December 2003)
This is one idea that just seems to keep popping into my head. I think what may be happening is that a number of higher level people in the government
and military may know about some potential event that will occur some time next year.
There are two camps or factions of these people. In some ways they compare to the current political parties, but I dont think thats always the case. I
think Colin Powell is one example. I think something may have disturbed him and he has chose to side with the camp that supports Obama due to this
disturbance. When taken with Biden's words about Obama needing people's support in the communities and that at first they may not appear as being
right during the crisis, I think something else, something that starts as a terrorist attack but may result in something no one on this thread has
even speculated on.
This brings me back back to the quote from General Franks about two things, the end of the Constitutional government and rise of Military Rule.
I think two camps or factions may have formed, one around Obama and the concept of preservation of civilian authority and legal systems in the event
of major mass casualty attacks. The other camp may be prepared to enact a Continuity of Operations Plan that involves the removal of civilian
authority and law. I have a feeling that this plan may be related to observations made during Vigilant Shield 2008. I would also not be surprised if
this was a factor in General Powell's decision to support Obama.
Essentially what begins as terrorist attacks could turn into a power struggle between civilian and military authority. It sounds impossible but most
people in 1991 never thought that the August Coup in the Soviet Union, which lead to the disintegration of the Soviet Union, would ever happen either.
I can see the pros and cons from both sides. I honestly am not sure if military rule would be that bad. I really dont know which one would be worse. I
think ultimately we are entering a period of transition, one that has multiple potential outcomes. If no Event occurs we don't really have to worry,
but if there are major mass casualty events we very well may see a power struggle between the military and civilian leadership over the future of the
country. Both sides will probably have the best intentions and think they are doing the right thing.
What I fear most is not martial law, military rule, marxism or even the end of the US Constitution. I fear what happened to the USSR on Dec 25, 1991.
The complete and total disintegration and collapse of a nation, with mass seccession of its states. If it sounds impossible ask the people of Russia,
Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldavia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
That possiblity I fear more than any extreme left or right political shift.
So on that note, I hope those in charge make their best efforts, regardless of the event and change in power, that the United States of America does
not disappear into the annals of history like the USSR or SPQR.