How to create a US-backed government coup for fun and profit!
STEP ONE: Create a strong US-backed “fifth column”
(This is the part where I mock you for lacking knowledge that I myself learned only last week.)
STEP TWO: Undermine the country’s economy
This can be done via sanctions, as we are currently doing in[ Venezuela and Iran]
STEP THREE: Wait for internal protests and/or create them
STEP FOUR: Get violent while accusing the government of getting violent
We’ve seen this tactic in Nicaragua and Venezuela
STEP FIVE: If steps 1 through 4 don’t work, kidnap or assassinate
The time may come when you’ve exhausted other options and simply must whack a dude.
Or, if you’re feeling generous, you can put said target on a US military plane and fly him to Africa against his will—as happened in 2004 to the president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He claimed he was kidnapped by our military and taken on one of the most awkward 14-hour flights one can imagine.