What do you do with a mutinous military fascist who has sent his forces into the streets in support of anti-democrats? According to the Bangkok Post, you promote him!
This may not be as ridiculous as it sounds. Navy Seal commander Winai Klom-in has been the subject of numerous recent reports as he has declared loudly in January that no Seals at all were acting as guards despite Seals having been arrested acting as guards. No one believed him. Undaunted, he displayed his racism and fascism, declaring “Cambodians” responsible for shootings near anti-democrats. Only dopey anti-democrats believed this, including Suthep Thaugsuban. By the end of February is was clear that Winai had sent his Seals into battle for the anti-democrats; and act of mutiny.
In Thailand’s paralyzed politics, charging Winai and taking him to court martial is never going to happen. The military brass operate with impunity in politics and Winai will have plenty of supporters remaining in the royalist military.
So it is that demands for Winai’s head are likely to result in his transfer-cum-removal but no military court and months or years in the brig.
Navy chief Admiral Narong Pipattanasai has tried to “manage” removal through promoting him to vice admiral as he rolls into retirement!
Narong is said to have apologized to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra “for any troubles the Seals had caused.” He promised to solve the “problem.”
Perhaps, then, this seemingly crazy suggestion of promoting a mutinous fascist is a step down by the brass…. Perhaps.