Indonesians are not always great fans of the military.
Admiral Dennis Blair, currently director of US national intelligence, reportedly offered the Indonesian military increased assistance at the time when its troops and militias were murdering innocent civilians in East Timor.
(Obama’s Indonesia question )
Admiral Blair presumably is a fan of certain Indonesian generals.
Former general Prabowo Subianto, who heads the Gerindra Party, "has paid lip-service to democratic principles, but most observers believe that his election as president would lead Indonesia onto the path of neo-authoritarianism." (Chaos and consolidation )
(See article by Dirk Tomsa).
General Wiranto "has pledged his loyalty to the democratic system, but leaders of his Hanura Party (People’s Conscience Party) have privately stated their ambition to roll back democratic reforms achieved since 1998." (Chaos and consolidation )
Indonesians are generally liberal and friendly and in favour of democracy.
Reportedly, in Italy, there are various powerful 'families', who do not always see eye to eye.
Reportedly, in Indonesia, the military includes various 'factions'.
Reportedly, in Indonesia, certain right-wing generals are not very happy with President Susilo Yudhoyono, who is a former general, and a little bit of a reformer.
In Indonesia, in the first half of 2009, there was a presidential election campaign, involving at least 4 generals, including Susilo Yudhoyono, Prabowo and Wiranto.
Reportedly, some of the military have had an 'Anyone But Susilo Yudhoyono' campaign.
The generals are usually allied to the rich elite; and that apparently suits the Pentagon.
Tempo Magazine (No. 24/IX February 10-16, 2009) (SBY vs The TNI: War of Whispers [+Editorial: After the ABS Rumor] )tells us:
"RUMORS abound that presidential candidates from the ranks of retired generals are making use of their ex-subordinates' loyalty to form political lobbies...
"PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Andi Mallarangeng confirmed that the information on military notables who had been engaged in the 'Anyone but 'S' for President' or ABS campaign did enter the Palace..."
In early 2009, "Army Chief of Staff, General Agustadi Sasongko Purnomo gathered around 200 retired generals in the Balai Kartini in Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta.
"Present were, among others, former Army Chief of Staff, Gen. (ret) Ryamizard Ryacudu..."
Reportedly, at the time of the Bali bombings, one of the generals who just happened to be in Bali was army chief of staff Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu. [Jakarta Post, 1/3/2003; Pacific Media Watch, 3/31/2003] (Ryamizard Ryacudu)
Back in November 2004, Susilo Yudhoyono appeared not to be in favour of Ryamizard Ryakudu becoming military chief. (http://www.infid.be/military_topjob.htm Source The Jakarta Post)
Yudhoyono "reshuffled Indonesia's top brass in preparation for US-educated army chief Djoko Santoso to take over the military in place of the xenophobic heir apparent General Ryamizard Ryacudu." (Canberra eyes military ties with Jakarta - Military Photos)
Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu was not trained in the USA and is suspected by some as being hostile to aspects of American policy.
Ryamizard Ryacudu apparently sent a warning signal to the public at the Army's anniversary on 22/12/03.
"If there is a deliberate attempt to divide the nation," said Ryacudu, the son-in-law of former Vice President and retired general Try Sutrisno, "the army should step in."
Around that time, there had been a clash between the Army's airborne unit and the police in Binjai, North Sumatra; and clashes between units in Sulawesi; and Kalimantan.
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