Obama Advisors Feared Coup if He Prosecuted Bush Administration Officials for War Crimes

I have thought this might be the case for some time — that the infamous and well-entrenched Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex in this country would simply overthrow or assassinate Obama if he, or, more precisely, Eric Holder’s DOJ, tried to prosecute Bush, Cheney, et al, for war crimes. Any such prosecution would inevitably lead to prominent Republican and Democratic politicians, CIA and senior Pentagon officials also being prosecuted, along with, it’s likely, innumerable civilians working in the MIIC. Not that that would be a bad thing, but it’s something the ‘Powers-That-Be’ could never allow. (Let’s not forget the wealthy elite, including Junior Bush’s grandfather Prescott, tried to remove FDR from office in 1933 and replace him with a fascist government.)  The article below confirms my suspicions.

Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crimes

by Andrew Kreig
Op-Ed News
Sept. 7, 2011

President-Elect Obama’s advisers feared in 2008 that authorities would oust him in a coup and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Obama’s top transition advisers.

University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., above, the sixth highest-ranking member of the 2008 post-election transition team preparing Obama’s administration, revealed the team’s thinking on Sept. 2 in moderating a forum on 9/11 held by his law school (also known as Boalt Hall). Edley was seeking to explain Obama’s “look forward” policy on suspected Bush-era law-breaking that the president-elect announced on a TV talk show in January 2009.

But Edley’s rationale implies that Obama, or at least his team, feared the military/national security forces that the president is supposed be commanding — and that Republicans have intimidated him right from the start of his presidency even after voters in 2008 rejected Republicans by the largest combined presidential-congressional mandate in recent U.S. history.

Edley responded to my request for additional information by providing a description of the transition team’s fears. Edley said that transition officials, not Obama, agreed that he faced the possibility of a coup.

Read the rest here.

Copyright 2011 Andrew Kreig.

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