Don’t overestimate yourself!

Don’t overestimate yourself! - translated and summarized from Matichon, February 1, 2008
The recent meeting of military leaders, during a time when politicians were busily trying to form a new government, can only be interpreted as indicating that the Council for National Security is still essentially against the incoming Samak administration. Some people, however, are trying to project this issue in a more optimistic light. There is a groundswell of opinion that military leaders are only human in their desire to let the new Samak Government know their concerns over a power-shift away from them.
The military and the government have different roles in this nation, and it will require a person who possesses considerable skill to manage the shifting relationship between the two. Both sides must be aware of their mortal status in Thai society, and learn to exercise their powers in a careful and responsible manner. It should be borne in mind, however, that the downturn in the fortunes of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra began at a time when he became interested in removing some of the powers of Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin and other leading military generals.
The new government will need to make a clear decision over who will assume the post of Defense Minister, if it wishes to promote a more positive relationship between itself and the military. This new government needs to act quickly to demonstrate its own moral integrity, and to show that it does not intend to take advantage of those who have opposed it in the past. 

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