Burma is a banana republic

The military in Burma is using baseless allegations of election fraud to overturn the results of a democratic election that did not go their way:

Myanmar military television said Monday that the military was taking control of the country for one year, while reports said many of the country’s senior politicians including Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained.

An presenter on military-owned Myawaddy TV made the announcement and cited a section of the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency. He said the reason for takeover was in part due to the government’s failure to act on the military’s claims of voter fraud in last November’s election and its failure to postpone the election because of the coronavirus crisis.

I wonder where they got the idea?



35 Responses to “Burma is a banana republic”

  1. Gravatar of David S David S
    1. February 2021 at 00:11

    I am shocked, shocked, to find you making a comparison between countries such as Burma and the heroic, peacefully assembling folks of the United States!

    And after all Suu Kyi did for the military junta—brandishing her Peace Prize while the Rohingya were slaughtered and driven out. She and Mike Pence should have a good gripe session.

    Meanwhile, in other news, The Economist is warning of overheating in the U.S. economy this year. Maybe we’ll see inflation spike at 1.9% in August or September—real Weimar level shit.

  2. Gravatar of xu xu
    1. February 2021 at 03:57

    Once again, CCP Sumner and his globalist agenda propagates untruth over truth.

    There have been countless allegations of fraud in Myanmar, and the military has called for investigating these allegations a number of times – even providing the Suu Kyi regime with advanced notice, and an ultimatum. Despite these warnings, and pleadings to investigate, the military was ignored.

    Don’t you guys see the narrative yet? Has it not been made clear? Is it not obvious?

    If you are part of the global establishment, and play by the rules of the globalist game – i.e., permit your country to be plundered by plutocratic interests, then you can receive billions in financial aid, carry out crimes against humanity, and run your country anyway you wish. After all, many autocratic and blood thirsty regimes are permitted to exist by the hand of the UN/Washington money machine, when their regimes would collapse by the hands of oppressed people. This has been made clear, time and again, most notably, and most recently, by a Princeton academic who wrote “The Great Escape”.

    The truth: Suu Kyi is a corrupt apparatchik who was in the process of exterminating Rohingya. She watched, and laughed & giggled, as those people were slaughtered to death. Two Reuters journalists are still in jail for reporting this truth.

    The untruth propagated by Sumner and the globalist agenda: remember if you don’t play by the globalist rules they twist the narrative. The military will be called a dictatorship. They will be condemned. Sanctions will be levied and military possible deployed. But when Thailand and other countries do the same thing, the globalist elite fall silent. Why? Because of special interests! Nothing more. Nothing less.

    The globalists already have Thailand. The King is their puppet, and he plays by their rules. But other than Suu Kyi, the Myanmar regime has always been difficult to “buy off”. Now that she and her fake Nobel peace prize are gone, the globalist propaganda machine is in full force.

    Sumner = CCP

  3. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    1. February 2021 at 04:00

    Probably from Russia or CCP China. I assume you meant that.

    In the US there is no criminal junta that controls the military and invalidates democratic election results.

    In the US there is a democratically elected President whose son has a loose relationship to consulting salaries with Ukrainian gas companies. But that’s about it so far. And there is a crazed ex-President without any office or any other influence on the military or on election results.

  4. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    1. February 2021 at 07:19

    In Scott land, Trump seeks to legally pursue in the courts the possibility there was fraud, and when he could not succeed he walked off the stage———and he compares that to a coup against a woman Scott called corrupt not that long ago——by the military.

    Does he really think they got this idea from “Trump”. Yes, he does. Or why write it? (Technically he did not say it—-but he asked us to “guess”). Which is pathetic——I still await his criticisms of the current administration——perhaps he has none——then I would like to hear what positive things they have done so far. Well, the administration did express their “alarm” (makes them sound scared) about the coup. Alarm?

    I also thought the US still called it Burma, for some reason or another—-Scott knows why—-but the new administration calls it Myanmar —-maybe Trump changed it back to encourage the coup.

    I wonder if Psaki will know. What is she going to say? Myanmar or Burma? At least Scott calls it Burma—-so he gets some points for that.

  5. Gravatar of Carl Carl
    1. February 2021 at 07:59

    What an odd strategy. The generals chose to make the same claim that just failed against the current President of the US. Could they possibly have designed a worse strategy for appealing to the US government for legitimacy?
    It either says they’re stupid or they don’t care what the US thinks. I assume the latter.

  6. Gravatar of Steve Steve
    1. February 2021 at 08:15

    The White House is officially against overturning any government which came into power on the back of fraudulent elections.

  7. Gravatar of msgkings msgkings
    1. February 2021 at 08:25

    @Michael R:

    “walked off the stage” LOL

    He spent months all over Twitter and in rallies falsely claiming a stolen election, and it resulted in a riot at the Capitol. This is one of your most dishonest, partisan, and ridiculous posts. Your TDS is pathetic.

  8. Gravatar of Philo Philo
    1. February 2021 at 08:34

    “I wonder where they got the idea?” Right, no one ever thought of claiming election fraud until Trump did it. The man is a creative genius!

  9. Gravatar of sean sean
    1. February 2021 at 08:43

    Need to spend more time condeming Hillary. She started the illegitimate election game and trump just continued it. You can’t expect one party to play nice while the other side breaks the rules.

  10. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    1. February 2021 at 09:10

    Everyone, Is there something in the air this morning? This has to be one of the dumbest comment sections I’ve ever read.

    Christian, That comment is just sad. It’s like motivated reasoning on steroids. Get a grip on your emotions before you make a fool of yourself.

    It’s getting so that I can hardly distinguish your comments from Xu’s.

    Michael, You said:

    “Trump seeks to legally pursue in the courts the possibility there was fraud”

    LOL, you people are idiots.

    Carl, Yes, it’s the latter.

    Sean, Yes, a huge mob of Hillary supporters stormed the Capitol trying to violently overturn the 2016 election.

    You people are seriously deluded.

  11. Gravatar of msgkings msgkings
    1. February 2021 at 09:49


    Lotta TDS out there


    Hillary conceded the election the day after but keep up the good work.

  12. Gravatar of David S David S
    1. February 2021 at 09:57

    I’m puzzled by the timing of the Burma coup because the military junta immediately pissed off the Biden administration. Maybe the generals are signaling to China that they’re aligned with them and any pretense of democracy is being swept away.

    The bigger story is what is going down in Russia. That won’t end well.

    And I think some other shoes will start dropping. Venezuela, Palestine, Egypt, Hungary….

  13. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    1. February 2021 at 10:10

    “It’s like motivated reasoning on steroids.”

    I have motivated reasoning on steroids? Scott, you must be out of your mind. The US has close to nothing to do with this, it’s clearly CCP China. This is not even my single opinion, it’s all over the European media.

    You’re like a wrong-way driver who overhears on the radio, “Watch out on the highway, there’s a wrong-way driver coming towards you.” And your response is, “One? There are hundreds of them!”

    Already in January 2020, the Swiss NZZ wrote: “The US and Europe, after the initial euphoria over democratization in Myanmar, have again distanced themselves from the civilian government. Aung San Suu Kyi, the former icon for human rights and democracy, has lost her standing in the free world. Western companies, which sensed a lot of development potential after the opening of the country eight years ago, are once again holding back on investments. Myanmar is once again looking to the East, and its neighbor China won’t think twice.”

    What happened is what I keep saying: The West has created a distance through its moralastic (or hyper-moralistic?) behavior. A lot of wise guy talk, but no real investment and no real partnership with this state.

    So, unfortunately, there are alternatives again, we now have a big authoritarian player in the world again, like the USSR used to be, which is also directly in the neighborhood.

    A regime that tells the military in Myanmar every day, “You are allowed to do what you want, as long as you cooperate with us again. We support you.” This is the multipolar world you wanted. How can one person be so blind?

    It is only logical that this military dictatorship will eventually accept this offer with gratitude.

    So first of all, it is the plot and the will of the military dictators in Myanmar itself. Then it is the full support of CCP China for this behavior. And then at the very end, it is perhaps 5-10% Western states that may have behaved too clumsily, like they often do.

  14. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    1. February 2021 at 11:30

    Trump Supporters,

    “All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” … Paul Simon

  15. Gravatar of sarah sarah
    1. February 2021 at 12:07

    Biden says “there will be consequences”.

    It’s so wonderful that we’ll probably be sending our boys into war again in another ridiculous attempt to police the world.

    I wish he would shut his mouth, like Trump did, and stop speaking about intervening, sanctions, or other dubious approaches to violating sovereignty in the name of human rights. Myanmar doesn’t need the US to get involved. They have very bright people who are more than capable of fighting for themselves.

    Biden and his war machine are already back in Syria, and refuse to leave Afghanistan.

    I already miss Donald Trump.

  16. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    1. February 2021 at 12:25


    Why would do small interventions in Syria and Afghanistan concern you so much? We need to start acting like a great power again and stop worrying about these small wars, except for how to fight them more efficiently. It’s stupid to want to cede influence in the middle east to the likes of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia… We have interests there and we shouldn’t abandon our Kurdish allies.

    Trump is obviously a completely dishonest fool, with no knowledge, understanding, or care about world affairs.

  17. Gravatar of henry henry
    1. February 2021 at 13:38

    The Generals should simply refuse to go to Syria.
    This type of overreach is insane. And Biden has never met a war he didn’t like. Perhaps we should make a new law that forces all politicians to the front of the battlefield. If you choose to war, you better suit up!

    Considering the entirety of his dark money campaign came from tech companies, hedge funds and the military industrial complex, it’s not surprising.

    Trumps foreign policy was precisely what American foreign policy should look like. Make deals in the best interest of the country, keep your military at home for defense, not offense, and prohibit the CIA and other dark intel and special forces groups from overthrowing regimes. In other words, our policy should be: “mind your own business”.

    If anyone deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s Donald John Trump. First President in forty years to keep us out of war.

  18. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    1. February 2021 at 13:41

    I find it funny that the points of sarah and Scott are not that different. Of course Scott would express himself more delicately, but in terms of content it is more or less the same what sarah wrote last. The differences are mariginal, you would have to look for the differences with a magnifying glass. Okay, enough Scott bashing for today.

    We are now back in the age where all negative events of this earth in the next 5-10 years will be blamed on Trump.

    Trump is an idiot on stilts, I have no problem to confirm this, but he will be built up as a scapegoat for everything from now on. And all the positive events in the next few years will be Biden’s doing of course. Obviously. Like Operation Warp Speed, I guess.

    How can you link the current event in Myanmar possibly to Trump, that is really hard, but keep on trying.

    Trump loved dictators, he wouldn’t have said much about this new dictatorship. Sad but true.

    Scott is an economist, it’s all about the future and prospects, no different in politics than at the stock market.

    So why on earth did the military in Myanmar coup after Trump was gone? They obviously wanted to give it to Trump one more time, oh those sneaky bastards. What theory, oh my gosh, this is just great.

    I got another one: They see no perspective with Biden, so they run into the arms of CCP China. No, of course not, that must not be true, reality is always a stupid theory when you are an ideologue.

    So it was Trump somehow, we just need to connect the dots. Creative ideas are welcome. I assume Scott will have some.

  19. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    1. February 2021 at 15:10

    Scott, Christian List nails this. The US is a bit player (at most) in Myanmar. China is the big dog and the military in Myanmar knows this. China’s trade with Myanmar dwarfs the US-Myanmar trade relationship (check the actual facts over at https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/myanmar/presentation-trade).

    Your obsession with Trump is quite revealing and not in a good way.

    Churchill defined a fanatic as follows

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

  20. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    1. February 2021 at 15:14

    Sarah, I rather doubt that Biden will go to war over Myanmar. His comments are just pablum for those easily fooled. My guess is that he plans on doing nothing other than spout empty rhetoric.

  21. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    1. February 2021 at 15:19

    Henry, you wrote

    “And Biden has never met a war he didn’t like”

    His record as VP does not support your argument. You are confusing Biden and Hillary.

  22. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    2. February 2021 at 05:21

    I will grab the idiot handle. The last time Scott wrote of Aung Sun Suu Kyi, he wrote with a sense of angst, sadness and deep disappointment. She had begun to obey the CCP. Now she is the central figure in a Trump joke. And he does believe what he said——except it is stupid. Or we are supposed to,know it’s a joke. Can we stop inserting Trump into,everything? This is “Biden’s” issue. Trump is not President anymore.

    I know Nancy fears him like he is Jason Voorhees, maybe Scott does too—-but he is NO LONGER President. While Scott is careful not to sound like Thomas Friedman—-a true idiot (the word of the day) ——he dances to close to his beat. And no one in their right mind confuses CCP with the rest of the people of China—-a point Scott likes to sneak in there from time to time.

  23. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    2. February 2021 at 05:34


    Of course they blew her out——-she was clearly untrustworthy to them, them being CCP—when will pols realize that kissing ass of their opponents (or appease——like Romney does—-Scott’s favorite pol) never works. I do find it instructive that CCP waited for Trump to leave office——our elections were 5 days apart. Trump’s gambit did not work. So what was the Military copying? Xi’s orders.

  24. Gravatar of bob bob
    2. February 2021 at 06:17

    The allegations are not baseless.
    Sumner doesn’t live in Myanmar. Sumner has no idea what is going on there. His information comes from the globalist propaganda machine CNN.

    The allegations have merit!

    Sumner is owned and paid for by the CCP.
    He wants to turn everyone into transhuman cyborgs, and someday exterminate and shutdown the transhumans to create a posthuman world.

  25. Gravatar of harry harry
    2. February 2021 at 07:50


    Good Riddance!

    Now we just need the Generals in America, France, and UK to remove their globalist puppets, and we’d have a safer and happier world.

    All should take notice of Myanmar and pray that their military does the same

  26. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    2. February 2021 at 09:47

    According to the bots here who all post from the same computer, Scott will never retire. He’ll be more active than ever, heading into his 7th decade.

  27. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    2. February 2021 at 12:05

    Peter, You said:

    “The US is a bit player (at most) in Myanmar.”

    I never suggested otherwise. Please read my posts carefully if you plan to comment here.

  28. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    2. February 2021 at 15:17

    Typical Scott style. Get used to it. First he only refers to the US and Trump, and then when you pin him down on it, he claims every time that he said or meant nothing of the sort.

    Scott meant something entirely different, of course, which goes over the head of all the inhabitants of the earth, like the wrong-way driver on the highway.

    It’s actually quite similar to Trump’s style. First imply explicitly and then negate. Me? No. I never said something like this.

  29. Gravatar of Ankh Ankh
    3. February 2021 at 12:32

    The post presupposes that the military is lying. But what evidence do you have?

    There is evidence of fraud. A woman admitted to voting underage, and one community elder admitted to asking all underage to vote for Suu Kyi.

    Before we come to any conclusion, shouldn’t all allegations be investigated?

    In the Philippines, the same software company that was used in the USA elections – I believe the name is smartmatic – was found to have had many “glitches” during the 2016 Philippine election.

    Furthermore, evidence shows that these glitches were all in favor of Dutertes opponent Mar Roxas. Mar Roxas had close ties – both politically and financially – to the Obama administration. Obviously, Duterte had overwhelming support and still won the election; nevertheless, most of us find the glitches to be noteworthy, and eerily similar to allegations in the 2020 US election.

    So I do wonder how you can come to such sweeping conclusion without any investigation? Do you know something the rest of the world does not, or are you simply speaking as a partisan in favor of Suu Kyi?

  30. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    3. February 2021 at 21:46


    You wrote “I wonder where they got the idea?”

    That statement rather exactly contradicts “I never suggested otherwise”.

    You need to be more clever in using words. Don’t write stuff that instantly falls apart by looking on the same web page.

  31. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    4. February 2021 at 13:56

    10/10 comment. You nailed it.

  32. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    5. February 2021 at 09:21

    Ankh, If you come on here taking the Burmese military claims seriously, don’t expect me to take you comments seriously.

    Peter, Perhaps you don’t know the meaning of the word “player”.

  33. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    5. February 2021 at 10:21

    Scott, I know the meanings of

    “The US is a bit player (at most)”
    “I wonder where they got the idea?”
    “I never suggested otherwise”.

    For better or worse (worse clearly) number 2 contradicts number 3. Here is my advice. When you are in a hole, don’t dig it any deeper.

  34. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    6. February 2021 at 10:09

    Peter, Thanks for making clear that you don’t have any idea what the term “player” means.

    But then what can one expect from a nut who thinks the Dems are trying to abolish women’s sports.

  35. Gravatar of Peter Schaeffer Peter Schaeffer
    6. February 2021 at 13:21

    Scott, see “Martina Navratilova demands exemption for women’s sports from Biden’s pro-LGBTQ executive order”

    I will take Martina’s Navratilova’s side (nuts need to hang together). You can take the other side.

    You asserted (rather foolishly) that events in the US had influenced events in Burma (“I wonder where they got the idea?”). Then you tried to rewrite what you actually wrote with (“I never suggested otherwise”). Doesn’t work. I suggest that apologizing might be a better course.

    See also “President Biden Moves to End Female-Only Sports and Services On His First Day In Office” (https://www.womensliberationfront.org/news/president-biden-executive-orders-day-1). Quote

    “One of the first acts of Joe Biden’s presidency was to gut sex anti-discrimination laws and eliminate critical protections for women in the federal government”

    More nuts, obviously.

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