The Thai military has not played the role of "democratic defender" following its recent coup. Instead, its intervention shows its desperate move to maintain power ahead of the imminent royal succession.
As the U.S. hosts the largest number of Thai immigrants — about 250,000 — it stands to reason that Thailand's color-coded politics would land on its shores. Both camps are trying to lobby the U.S. government.
Thailand's traditional elites have never been willing to invest in the game of electoral politics. They still rely on the shortcuts for maintaining power — through guns and coups. They've gotten their wish again.