GLENN: Yesterday on the radio, people heard this. This is not a military takeover. I repeat, this is not a military takeover.
That's what the Zimbabwe defense forces announced yesterday when their military vehicles and more than 100 troops crowded the capitol and at least three explosions were set off. Robert Mugabe's army explained that they were only targeting criminals around Mugabe, who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country, and they're just trying to bring justice.
Yeah, probably a military takeover. The turmoil within Mugabe's army comes after the 93-year-old dictator, who I thought was dead long ago, many people wish he were, fired his deputy and long-time ally. This happened last week. That guy had the military support.
The deputy was next in line to run the country, in the event -- and it's never going to happen, of Mugabe's death.
When he was swiftly dismissed, Mugabe appointed his wife to that role instead. Hmm.
Now, that usually is a big no, no. You know, within unstable dictatorships. It's kind of like dictatorship 101. You don't willy-nilly appoint your wife to the next highest position at the last minute and screw your friends over and don't expect some tanks to be rolling your way.
For 37 years, Mugabe has ruled supreme without a whisper of a military coup. But it looks like that's about to change finally. Maybe, maybe this will be a good thing. I have to imagine anyone overthrowing Robert Mugabe could do a better job for Zimbabwe. But I could be wrong. There's always a bigger monster.
A spokesman for the Zimbabwe defense forces announced that as soon as we accomplish our mission, we expect the situation to return to normalcy.
The problem is, the people of Zimbabwe have never known normalcy. Whatever the Zimbabwe defense forces idea of normal is, most likely it is nowhere close to the normal that we know.