However you have the legal responsibility – under Article 134 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice – to protect the troops under your command by relieving the President of his MILITARY command.
Riiiiiight. Let’s think this out. Suppose this really is what the UCMJ calls for. If that is the case, Kennedy should have been relieved of command after the Bay of Pigs and Nathan Twining would have been in charge for the Cuban Missile Crisis. That’s who you wanted negotiating with the Russians?
Or maybe we should look at Johnson. His bungling of various operations in Vietnam would have surely had him removed by General Taylor, a man who has been accused from many directions of having hidden the opinions of the other Joint Chiefs in order to push his own view through towards McNamara. That is who you wanted running Vietnam?
Or maybe we can go ahead to Carter, and Desert One. Bye bye Carter, hello GEN David Jones. Or how about Clinton in Mogadishu? That would have made Colin Powell supreme military commander. Would you have wanted Powell running the military, unelected?
Let’s face facts, lefties. Among the cadre, memory runs far. Military men remember what is was like for the last 30 years. The good times were Reagan, Bush, and Bush. The bad times were Carter and Clinton. They know who they want in office. That is why the military votes so lopsidely Republican, even though they skew younger than the rest of the population demographically. The new recruits listen to and respect the cadre, the people who served under these administrations or were mentored by men who did.
If a coup happened, it would not happen against at Republican president, at least not for the next 20 years. Any coup is going to die or thrive based on support from the cadre, the sergeants and captains and majors in the middle who have made a career of the military. No matter how liberal a General you get, if he doesn’t have the support of the battalion commander who actually relays the orders to the troops, or the First Sergeant that the troops look to with a questioning glance when that order comes down, you are not going to succeed.
I don’t support the very idea of a military coup. I didn’t support it under Clinton, and I won’t support it under the next possible Clinton. (The military standing aside while the People do it, maybe. Doing it themselves, no.) But I can rest assured knowing that it will not happen during a Republican administration. At least, not successfully.