- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The unsuccessful coup d’état in Turkey in mid-July was led by an Air Force general. That made me wonder: Has any successful coup ever been led by an Air Force officer, aside from Flight Lt. Jerry Rawlings?
If not, why not? Are Air Force officers better behaved? Or is it that, when push comes to shove, to win you really do need the ground forces? If so, what does that say about airpower? Is it always destined to be the horseholder, and never the top cat?
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