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  1. Despite the serious doubts I may have about a professional army in Thailand, I must admit the beauty of the idea. The beauty of this idea is that the consequence would be an unavoidable reform of the army which will be subject to parliamentary debate, open consultations, inputs from the public, etc... A total nightmare for the current bunch. It's a master strike, in case it has any chance to succeed. Hats down!
  2. Gosh! For once in my life I may not disagree with hansln! You guys praising the merits of a professional army seem to live in an ideal world and forget which country is concerned. In this country, the hierarchy of the army has always been anti-democracy, and will likely remain so for a long time. So what is better? An conscript army with an anti-democracy hierarchy, or a professional army with an anti-democracy hierarchy (in which professional soldiers are likely to be selected and trained according to the hierachy's ideology)?
  3. In theory, I would agree with a professional army. However, in the specific case of Thailand, I am not sure. A conscription based army at least de facto sets some minimal limits to abuses by the army, as it is composed of normal citizens. A professional army may be more likely to be even more self-serving than it is now. Imagine something like the current RTP, but armed with war weapons and not subject to any limitation by the Judiciary. Frightening, indeed.....
  4. It seems the various selection committees are hopeless due to the current conflict between the military and the Dems. They did as usual, select "yellow" profiles, but now it is not enough. They must not be linked to the Dems! Kind of difficult to find competent people who are both for the military and against the Dems. My assumption is that most of the yellow intelligentsia is closer to the Dems than to the military
  5. It's seems the PTP hits where it hurts and that the Junta has forgotten to prevent it in the constitution.
  6. You forgot: No critics of the Junta or any of the five rivers, as it may cause national conflict
  7. Abhisisit never stated anything that could be interpreted as a separation from dominant elites and also it is not him who caused a separation from the military. It's the military which caused it. The yellow network (it is a network with various power nodes, not a hierarchy) traditionally had 3 branches: the armed branch (army), the activist branch (PAD/PDRC) and the political branch (the so-called democrats). Now the armed branch is overtaking the role of the political branch, with the help of a part of the activist branch. The current separation has nothing to do with a sudden burst of love for democracy by Abhisit and the Dems. It is just that they are not happy with the army stealing their job.
  8. Prayut plots path to political future

    I agree with you that it will be quite interesting to see how the Prayuth backing parties as well as the new democratic parties will perform. Too bad that elections will probably not have much effect on the choice of PM. Or more precisely, only a minority of votes are likely to have an effect.
  9. They cannot reform the Police because they have too many files on influent people. Last time the Junta claimed they will reform the police, they quickly arrested an army General for human trafficking.
  10. Once again, the PM has proven his legendary efficiency..
  11. There is likely more than one reason for the 2010 protests, such as an illegimate government, etc... and also the one you mention. However, the army reshuffle in September is more likely the reason Abhisit and the red shirts did not agree on the dissolution date. Unless, of course, one assumes that the nomination of an army chief in Thailand is of minor importance. You know...the new army chief could even have made a coup! It possibly escaped your attention, but not the one of observers: "Both sides of Thailand's political divide want to be in power in September, for two critical events: the annual round of promotions in the military – a highly political body in Thailand – and the passing of the country's budget." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/may/04/thai-redshirts-accept-reconciliation-election "The pro-Abhisit establishment and the powers that be are hunkering down for the long haul and Prayuth is their man. He could be in power for another four years – crucial in Thai politics because of the road towards the succession. The confrontation between the Reds and the Yellows is going to continue." http://www.dw.com/en/thailands-new-army-chief-takes-office/a-6066746
  12. Stupid me! I thought they wanted a dissolution of parliament before the appointment of a new army chief (Prayuth, in case you did not notice).
  13. That was supposed to be an official trip paid by taxpayers' money. What does that say to you? (In case it is true that he had surgery) http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/prawit-meet-mattis-pentagon-5-day-visit-us/
  14. We all know he is a man who can be trusted...
  15. Right, he has pushed the standards up to an unequalled level, which is a real performance in Thailand. Respect.
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