4-Star Admiral Goes Napoleonic; Encourages Anti-Trump Coup

Sometimes, I see things that make my blood run cold; like…

“If this president (i.e., Trump) doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”

Whoa! Strong words… And says who?

This exhortation to remove President Trump and save the Republic – “the sooner, the better” – comes from a retired 4-star Navy admiral, William McRaven, from a recent editorial in the New York Times.1

If you read McRaven’s article, he clearly has no use for Trump.

Okay, you might think… First Amendment and all. It’s just one man’s opinion. Then again, it’s one man’s opinion in the New York Times. And not just anyone, as I’ll explain below.

Right up front, I have to say that free speech is our bread and butter here in Whiskey & Gunpowder. It’s what we’re all about.

Then again… We also know our Constitutional Law here at the Whiskey bar.

When someone like McRaven says what he said, it might just be the proverbial yell of “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Indeed, with McRaven it might just be a man dressed up as a firefighter yelling “Fire!”

That is, as the U.S. Supreme Court has held, there are dangers when certain people say certain things, notwithstanding the First Amendment.

So yes, the admiral is entitled to his opinion. But no, McRaven is not just any retired Navy sailor; let alone any retired 4-star admiral. He’s in a different status.

McRaven spent much of his Navy career as a special forces operator; he’s a SEAL. And he’s a former commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), as well as NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC).

In other words, McRaven is a high-level, secretive military man. He’s a walking weapon; a “direct action,” kick-down-doors, blow-stuff-up, call-in-the-drone-strike kind of guy.

In this regard, McRaven’s anti-Trump diatribe is not just another apoplectic barstool rant by some bitter liberal whose snowflake world de-crystallized when Orange Man won the 2016 election.

Nor are McRaven’s words a predictable, anti-Trump screed from some blow-dried, mainstream media talking head who had low SATs in high school, majored in journalism in college, and now gets paid serious dollars to read a script on television.


With McRaven piling on – and leveraging his uniform and rank – we now see a rep from the most senior, “flag-level” military officer corps ripping into Trump. And I mean ripping; like a velociraptor out of Jurassic Park.

McRaven’s article in the Times is not mere dissent. It’s not as if McRaven wrote something like, “I’m a retired admiral, I know things, Trump is wrong and I disagree with Trump.”

Actually, that would be okay.

Instead, McRaven has given us a full metal jacket, verbal assault on a sitting President… Get Orange Man out, wrote the admiral… “The sooner, the better.” And “The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”

It’s a dangerous way to phrase the point.

Because it’s Napoleonic…

On second thought, McRaven’s comments are worse than Napoleonic.

At least Napoleon had an excuse for taking over France in the 1790s. France was politically torn asunder in the aftermath of the 1789 Revolution. The country had stopped functioning. Along came former artillery officer Napoleon Bonaparte, astride his white horse, to set things straight. The rest… is history. (You can look it up.)

So, how about the U.S. just now. Is it time for an American Napoleon?

The country is politically divided; definitely.

And Trump is politically divisive. Then again, divisive or no, Trump won the election in 2016.

In fact, Trump won the actual election. The one we really had. He campaigned nationally, won across many states and earned enough electoral votes to come out on top..

Some people still criticize Trump for not “winning” the national popular vote, but so what? Trump won the “legal” election; conducted according to the U.S. Constitution.

Trump was sworn in as President. Now, we’re well into year three of his tenure.

So, how are things going under Trump? Is the country still working? Or are things falling apart to the point we need Napoleon on his horse?

I hate to disappoint anyone out there who loathes Trump, but just look around…  The country is working pretty well, actually.

  • Employment is at record levels; unemployment is low. There are open jobs for people with skills. So many open jobs, in fact, that employers are lobbying for more visas for foreign workers.
  • Trump’s tax cuts and deregulation were a shot in the arm to the economy. The U.S. business sector is generally doing well. The stock market is up.
  • Trump is taking on China for its abusive trade practices, and theft of patents and other intellectual property. Twenty years too late, some might say; but you can’t blame Trump for the errors of past administrations.
  • Trump thinks out of the box in terms of diplomacy, but at least he’s talking with North Korea. And he’s pulling troops out of Syria. He’s drawing down from Afghanistan.
  • There’s no Trump “dictatorship.” You can travel wherever you want, read any books, surf any web sites (unless it’s perhaps a conservative site that has been de-platformed by Google; see below).
  • According to Department of Justice statistics, there are fewer people in prisons and jails under Trump. This has to do with efforts to decriminalize low-level drug offenses. But as for Trump being so diabolical, tell me who is getting thrown in jail for criticizing the government. Anyone? Let me know…
  • Heck, even Hillary hasn’t been locked up.

So here we are, in the fourth week of October 2019. There’s an election in 12 months. A dozen or more Democrats currently vie to be their party nominee to run against President Trump. Democracy thrives, right?

Mainstream media are in full-campaign mode, 24/7. Anti-Trump headlines blare from near every page and screen.

Along the aforementioned lines, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo and more are de-platforming conservative and pro-Trump voices at every opportunity, lest the overarching, anti-Trump message become confused with too many conflicting facts and counter-arguments.

Heck, even Democrat heretic and U.S. Army officer Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has been shadow-banned. She’s suing Google in federal court over the company’s private censorship of public-space domain. She’s an alleged “Russian asset” after all. (Ref to a previous W&G article).

Of course, Democrats are waging the follow-on to Russia-Gate. It’s now Ukraine-Gate, in the form of a Star Chamber coup against Trump – masquerading as so-called “impeachment” – all schemed-out in a tightly-secured anteroom of the U.S. Capitol Building.

And along comes retired Admiral McRaven, opining that Trump needs to go, “the sooner, the better.” And, “The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”

Coming from a Navy SEAL and former boss of JSOC and NSCC, that kind of reasoning takes on added meaning. Just what does former special operations man McRaven have in mind?

  • A mysterious plane crash of Air Force 1 on the way to a Trump rally?
  • A night-time takedown of Trump at Mar a Lago?
  • How an about old-fashioned combined-arms assault on the White House, with helicopters above, tanks crashing the gates and CNN cameras conveniently located to catch the imagery?

If a coke-head Hollywood script-writer came up with any of these kinds of Trump takedowns, it would just be Hollywood being Hollywood.

If some kooky faculty lounge professor of political science went on CNN or MSNBC and offered the same kind of Trump-takedown scenario, it would just be another day at the television studio.

But looking ahead, what if something “bad” happens to Trump? As in, something bad happens now that the 4-star Navy SEAL admiral has said his piece?

People might just wonder – and I would certainly wonder – if there’s some manner of “Iron Guard” organization within the Deep State, similar to what we see in certain other nations. Egypt, Turkey, Romania…

Is there perhaps some ambitious general or frustrated admiral out there? Is there a cabal of military and intelligence insiders, preparing to turn the U.S. into Venezuela del Norte?

Point is… Some things are better left unsaid by certain people. Especially, you should guard your words if you are a retired 4-star admiral who used to run secretive takedown organizations that deal with high explosives, and related military-grade weapons.

On that note, I rest my case.

That’s all for now…  Thank you for subscribing and reading.

Best wishes,

Byron King

Byron King
Managing Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder

1 Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President, NYT

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