Re: "To John Kerry: America needs a better understanding of Thailand", Opinion, June 3.
Believe me, the US understands Thai culture and politics more than most Thais do. John Kerry’s condemnation of the coup was merely a formality.
The US considers itself the “Big Daddy” of democracy, so it was compelled to issue a stern statement over the coup. Surely you can’t expect Kerry to say, “The coup is justified and we wish General Prayuth the best.”
Moreover, the US had nothing against Yingluck. The fiasco of the rice scheme, or the blanket amnesty bill, or her being Thaksin’s puppet, were innocuous as far as the US was concerned. If her government were getting chummy with Iran, or on the verge of nuclear cooperation with Pakistan, that would be different.
If that had been the case, the US would probably have referred to the coup as a “corrective military move”, or “delicate political situation”, or “transition to democracy” – then tripled its annual military aid.