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Start a fire while fired & other conspiracy theories Start a fire while fired & other conspiracy theories
by Thanos Kalamidas
2020-11-14 10:31:38
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Whilst Trump’s denial and mean refusal to accept defeat through fake allegations for rigged elections has monopolized headlines it seems that he’s ready to burn US democracy down, not only with starting conspiracy theories but also becoming himself a conspiracy theory with his latest requirement for the resignation of all Pentagon’s directorate, after firing his defence secretary, Mark Esper. This happened a week after the elections and a day after Esper’s …Twitter firing.

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Regarding his denials, refusals and accusations for rigged elections we were prepared for long time with Trump himself training us for the moment. The man was talking about ringed elections in 2016 while winning why wouldn’t he do the same when he’s losing?  Even his arguments were staged and publicly demonstrated long before election day. So, no surprises here.

Neither the firing of Mark Esper came as a surprise. As BBC (among most others) reports: “Mr Esper clashed with the president over the White House's attitude to the military during protests over racial injustice earlier this year. As protests rocked the US following the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May, Mr Trump threatened to use troops to suppress unrest.” Mark Esper refused after consulting Pentagon’s leadership.

To why and how Trump was expecting the army to storm full armed the streets of USA and attack people who peacefully demonstrated against him only Putin, Erdogan and Xi Jinping might be able to answer while I’m sure Kim Jong-un has some ideas. The point is, in a democratic country no statesperson employs the army to stop peaceful demonstrations. And Mark Esper said no. Again and again to Trump’s dismay.

But then he demanded the leadership of the Pentagon to resign and oddly while I’m writing this they are doing so replaced – like ready from long time – by Trump’s loyalists immediately. Apart form their loyalism/obbeydence to Trump, another common characteristic among the newcomers is their absolute lack of experience in the field; but then again this is one more thing we got used with Trump’s officials. 

To add more flames of conspiracy the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made clear his dedication to the constitution during remarks at the opening of the US Army's museum last Wednesday while standing beside the newly installed acting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller. The General said: "We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution. And every soldier that is represented in this museum, every sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, each of us will protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price".

So the ‘logical’ explanation would be that Trump is either expecting troubles, demonstrations against him in all the streets of USA so he’s getting ready to employ the army. But this also can be translated as a coup. A military coup since he puts the army with weapons to go against the vote of the wish of the people. A banana-state military coup.

But that’s not the only thing both Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley hinted, another thing that worries is the possibility that Trump might pull the oldest trick in the dictators’ hat; a war. After all he is the chief and history has taught him that every president (or Prime Minister in Thatcher’s case) strengthened re-election with a war. From Vietnam to Yugoslavia to the assassination of Bin Laden the army has given a little help to all presidents’ re-election to the point that it has become a norm which only …Trump failed to follow. And that is something that has all these four years lived in the back of our minds. A war.

A war against whom? Iran or China? Or Venezuela? And how far is a war against Venezuela or Iran from a world war? How far Trump is prepared to put the world on fire while fired? How more scary the next three (more or less) months look compared to the last four years becasue now we don't only have conspiracy theories started from him but we also have conspiracy theories with him in the epicentre of them.

And finally, how does it feel, Donald, to be the target and the centre of a really alarming conspiracy theory?


        
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