Is A Greek Military Overhaul An Attempt To Prevent A Coup?

Tyler Durden's picture

While the calls for G-Pap's resignation grow louder and Merkozy's blood pressure rises, we couldn't help but notice a potentially significant action among the top military leaders in Greece. Athens News reports that the Minister of Defense is proposing a complete replacement of the country's 'top brass'.

From Athens News: Top Brass Replaced:

In a surprise move, the defence minister proposed on Tuesday evening the complete replacement of the country’s top brass.


At an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council of Foreign Affairs and Defence (Kysea), which comprises the prime minister and other key cabinet members, Defence Minister Panos Beglitis proposed the following changes to the army, navy and air force and the general staff:

  • General Ioannis Giagkos, chief of the Greek National Defence General Staff, to be replaced by Lieutenant General Michalis Kostarakos
  • Lieutenant General Fragkos Fragkoulis, chief of the Greek Army General Staff, to be replaced by lieutenant general Konstantinos Zazias
  • Lieutenant General Vasilios Klokozas, chief of the Greek Air Force, to be replaced by air marshal Antonis Tsantirakis
  • Vice-Admiral Dimitrios Elefsiniotis, chief of the Greek Navy General Staff, to be replaced by Rear-Admiral Kosmas Christidis

It is understood that the personnel changes took many members of the government and of the armed forces by surprise.


What better way to consolidate power than to bring in 'your guys' as the country lurches closer to all out chaos?

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



Swapping men in the Greek Navy? 

Hard1's picture

Maybe some basis traders caught on the wrong side of the voluntary haircut decided to finance a war to increase the probability of a hard credit event

redpill's picture

You say you want a revolution 
Well, you know 
We all want to change the world 

fuu's picture

Why would you remove a gerneral whose nickname could be FragFrag?

Lieutenant General Fragkos Fragkoulis, chief of the Greek Army General Staff

legal eagle's picture

I dunno man, they are all Greek to me

Ahmeexnal's picture

Sarkozy's foreign legionaires are already operating inside Greece.

G20 meeting will be a perfect arena in which to launch all out war.

redpill's picture

We will see at least one all out revolution in Europe.  Greece is an obvious first guess.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Replacing Generals with different Generals. But military coups are usually driven by Colonels... they are the ones on the outside looking in. Because if they were on the inside, they'd be Generals!

CompassionateFascist's picture

I barely recall the last Military Regime in Greece, back in the Nixon era...I think it was all General this and General that. I suspect that today's maneuver was by way of forstalling a coup. It'll happen anyway, as the current crop of Greek politicians is terminally rotten and corrupt. Like our own as well...but at least here, the military class is kept happy/busy fighting foreign imperial wars, so they're less inclined to seize power. For the time being.   

caconhma's picture

No, G-Pap is a loyal servant of Israel.

Obama will fight to the death just to save G-Pap (even to return his Nobel Peace Prize, if necessary).

Vergeltung's picture

that doesn't make any sense. can you flesh that out a bit more?

i-dog's picture

Dude, you just hit the ball onto the wrong fairway!

Hephasteus's picture

No he just struck out with a 9 iron on a curveball.

Mongo's picture

German army to guard the Greek parliament?

Wolferl's picture

Legion d´etranger. They have much experience in third world countries.

redpill's picture

Q: Why does the French Foreign Legion wear those funny white hats?

A: Because they can double as a flag

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

You know very little ...

The Kepi Blanc is earned through blood, sweat and tears.

The original kepis were tan, however, the sun would bleach them white.



redpill's picture

You must be fun at comedy clubs

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

By the by, surrender is not a legion word.


Ivanovich's picture

Notice you edited your post from "Your mom is fun".



GOSPLAN HERO's picture

You take this shit way too seriously, Ivan.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



They must be tough, or else dressing like this would get there asses kicked in most towns.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Parade uniform...

As a former member of the USMC, I respect these guys.

GoinFawr's picture

redpill is obviously hopelessly confused about how "The Matrix" started, either that or he is deaf and colourblind.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



As a former member of the USMC, I respect these guys.

I thought there was no such thing as a, "former member of the USMC."

Flanker7's picture

There are only former Marines, no ex-Marines.

tmosley's picture

As long as the uniform came with the shit-kicking boots, the rifle, and the sidearm, I think they would be fine.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Whatever you do , don't pick a fight in a Corsican bar............

Tom Servo102's picture


By the by, surrender is not a legion word.


Well of course not, they're French, aren't they?


They say "je me rends!  je me rends! aie pitie de moi coquine homme parlant anglais!"

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Actually, they are NOT French. That's why it's called the French FOREIGN Legion. Because it is composed of foreigners.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

The foreign legion is the only unit of the French Army open to people of any nationality. Most legionnaires still come from European countries but a growing percentage comes from Latin America. Most of the foreign legion's commissioned officers are French with approximately 10% being former Legionnaires who have risen through the ranks. Membership of the foreign legion is often a reflection of political shifts: specific national representations generally surge whenever a country has a political crisis and tend to subside once the crisis is over and the flow of recruits dries up. After the First World War, many (Tsarist) Russians joined. Immediately before the Second World War, Czechs, Poles and Jews from Eastern Europe fled to France and ended up enlisting in the foreign legion. So did many German soldiers, former members of the Wehrmacht, after the end of the conflict.[citation needed] From 1976, Sri Lankans, in particular the Tamils, started joining the legion. Following the break-up of Yugoslavia, there were many Serbian nationals. Also in the 1990s, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the changes in the former Warsaw Pact countries, led to an increase in recruitment from Poland and from the former republics of the USSR. In addition to the fluctuating numbers of political refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from a wide variety of nations, there has been, since the end of World War Two, a strong core from Germany and Britain and in some cases Ireland. The foreign legion appears to have become as much a part of these two nations' culture as a French institution,[citation needed] and a certain stability in recruitment levels has developed. During the late 1980s, the foreign legion saw a large intake of trained soldiers from the UK. These men had left the British Army following its restructuring and the foreign legion's parachute unit was a popular destination. At one point, the famous 2eme REP had such a large number of British citizens amongst the ranks that it was a standing joke that the unit was really called '2eme PARA', a reference to the Second Battalion, the Parachute Regiment of the British Army. The reasons and intentions of legionnaires joining the Foreign Legion, instead of the armed forces of their own countries, is unconfirmed. Possible reasons include the majority of the foreign legion's ranks being either transient souls in need of escape and a regular wage, or refugees from countries undergoing times of crisis. In recent years, the improved conditions and professionalism of the Foreign Legion have in turn attracted a new kind of 'vocational' recruit, from middle-class backgrounds in stable and prosperous countries, such as the US, Britain and France itself. In the past, the foreign legion had a reputation for attracting criminals on the run and would-be mercenaries, but the admissions process is now severely restricted and background checks are performed on all applicants. Generally speaking, convicted felons are prohibited from joining the service. Legionnaires were, in the past, forced to enlist under a pseudonym ("declared identity"). This disposition exists in order to allow people who want to start their lives over to enlist. French citizens can enlist under a declared, fictitious, foreign citizenship (generally, a francophone one, often that of Belgium, Canada or Switzerland). After one year's service, legionnaires can regularise their situation under their true identity. After serving in the foreign legion for three years, a legionnaire may apply for French citizenship.[16] He must be serving under his real name, must no longer have problems with the authorities, and must have served with “honour and fidelity”. Furthermore, a soldier who becomes injured during a battle for France can apply for French citizenship under a provision known as “Français par le sang versé” ("French by spilled blood"). The foreign legion does not accept women in its ranks. However, there has been one woman officially member, Briton Susan Travers who joined Free French Forces during the Second World War and became a member of the Foreign Legion after the war, serving in Vietnam during the First Indochina War.[17] The foreign legion on occasion inducts honourary members into its ranks. During the siege of Dien Bien Phu this honour was granted to General Christian de Castries, Colonel Pierre Langlais, Geneviève de Galard ("The Angel of Dien Bien Phu") and Marcel Bigeard, the Officer in Command of the 6th BPC. Norman Schwarzkopf is also an honorary member. -- wiki

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Code of Honour Art.

Art. 1 – Légionnaire, you are a volunteer serving France with honour and fidelity.

Art. 2 – Each legionnaire is your brother in arms whatever his nationality, his race or his religion might be. You show him the same close solidarity that links the members of the same family.

Art. 3 – Respectful of traditions, devoted to your leaders, discipline and comradeship are your strengths, courage and loyalty your virtues.

Art. 4 – Proud of your status as Legionnaire, you display this in your always impeccable uniform, your always dignified but modest behaviour, and your clean living quarters.

Art. 5 – An elite soldier, you train rigorously, you maintain your weapon as your most precious possession, and you take constant care of your physical form.

Art. 6 – The mission is sacred, you carry it out until the end and, if necessary in the field, at the risk of your life.

Art. 7 – In combat, you act without passion and without hate, you respect defeated enemies, and you never abandon your dead, your wounded, or your arms.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Actually he is quite right.  Those who enter the foreign legion have to do so through blood, sweat and tears, on their knees while the commandants pound their asses.  The french foreign legion is a tightly knitted gay fighting force modeled after Alexander the Great's army.

LFMayor's picture

you an expert on the Legion or just on queer in general?

Ethics Gradient's picture

He's an expert on everything that makes no sense. Every time I read one of his posts, a little bit of liquidised brain dribbles out my ear.

caconhma's picture

Do you mean they still use the Stone Age military trategy & tactics?

Holly shit, I do enjoy a fall of the evil EU Empire!

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère) is a unique military wing of the French Army established in 1831. The foreign legion was exclusively created for foreign nationals willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. Commanded by French officers, it is also open to French citizens, who amounted to 24% of the recruits as of 2007. The foreign legion is today known as an elite military unit whose training focuses not only on traditional military skills but also on its strong esprit de corps. As its men come from different countries with different cultures, this is a widely accepted solution to strengthen them enough to work as a team. Consequently, training is often described as not only physically challenging, but due to a couple of reasons, extremely stressful psychologically. --wiki

redpill's picture

We know what it is.  Go have a bloody mary.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Thanks, Dad.

... rye whiskey, neat.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Heavy drinking and chasing babes on the Corsican beaches is normal activity.

Think for yourself's picture

The Kepi Blanc is earned through blood, sweat and tears.

Mostly tears, though. ~

Piranhanoia's picture

You got it right.  The history of the Legion Etrangere makes many elite fighting units in this world look poor by comparison. 

Tom Servo102's picture

The history of the Legion Etrangere makes many elite fighting units in this world look poor by comparison. 


Yeah, but the history of the Girl Scouts makes many elite fighting units in this world look poor by comparison.


especially if they speak arabic...

CompassionateFascist's picture

Yes, the "French" foreign Legion is a legendary and heroic fighting force...because the line-soldiers ain't French. Only the officers.

Don Diego's picture

almost half of the soldiers of the French Foreign Legion are French nationals. The percentage varies but nowadays the Frenchmen are about half of the ranks

secretargentman's picture

And why is the Champs-Élysées lined with trees on both sides?


... so the Germans can march in the shade.  :)

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

There are many Germans in the legion.


Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

The same happened the last time there've been early (re)elections

MindTheGAP's picture

Yeap, but the elections then were two months in the future. Now it is not a good time to let the country totaly headless since the government is a non-government and placing non-experienced generals in positions because they are members of PASOK, isn't a good idea. Others could take an advantage of that.

Timmay's picture

A coup could have been bloodless in comparison to a Civil War.

Hey Greece, here come the DRONES!