Thailand's coup does look like a little success. You have not heard anything from Thailand. The USG's Eye of Sauron has not bothered to shine its fiery gaze on Thailand. Being distracted by efforts in Syria and Ukraine hurt the USG's ability to shake little Thai generals to submission, but for a system launching a pivot to Asia ever 6 months, the USG is not directly meddling with the junta in Southeast Asia. Anti-Thai news reports have been minimal if they exist at all. The Thais are not wasting anytime either. With the USG distracted, they are on a charm offensive for new patrons. The Asian pivot may come too late to keep little Thailand securely in Uncle Sam's camp.
It starst with the big one. Thailand is stepping closer to china. Thailand has something to gain by receiving whatever support it may need from a rival patron to the USG. This could be financial lifelines like Russia needed when the USG system attacked them in December. This could simply be getting on friendlier terms with the one major threat that has Thailand a client of Uncle Sam in the first place. Thailand also has something to offer China. Even if small, it is a propaganda play. Per the article, "China has been looking to opportunistically coddle Thailand’s non-democratic rulers, while Thailand, for its part, has been going out of its way to show Washington and the world that there are partners willing to do business without fretting about regime legitimacy." If Thailand emerges from this coup with either a very limited franchise or continued delays to restarting voting, Uncle Sam may try financial blackmail. This is where deep Chinese pockets come in handy. The USG system's power is through economic control, but the diluting of the dollar has weakened it. Countries now have to play the politician's donor source game. If they make a change in support on an issue, politicians need new donors to stay in power for the next election. This is not too different for regimes changing political systems or asserting control vs. USG.
It is not just China Thailand is cozying up to. Russia is making inroads in Thailand. Thailand is changing internally its orientation to Russia as well. Look past the eye roll inducing leftist boilerplate in that little essay to see the details of a nation's power holders attempting to clean out corrupt elites and make new friends as they push out their old patron. The Russians are aware that the West has not paid attention to Thailand. The Russian-Chinese access sees an opportunity to demonstrate to the little nations around the globe that their alternative to the USG system is not a fraud. Thailand should press to get as much as they can as an early adopter. These moves like airfield changes and small economic deals add up over time. Power projection matters to a global empire based on air and naval supremacy across the oceans. Look at the difficulties America had with securing supply routes into Afghanistan. Logistics matter, ports matter, airfields matter.
How long the door stays open for Thailand to make moves is unclear. America's foreign policy is like a drunken NFL player being told no by a stripper; who knows what will happen next and where it will happen but it will be something violent. Thailand's best hope is to solidify as much as possible with rival patrons while USG is tied doing the bidding of Soros, Nuland, Kagan and the Middle East obsessed power brokers in DC. Thailand is a long time ally of America. Thailand has been a useful ally to America. Thailand is an ally looking for new friends. When smaller nations with decades of American support and deep ties are looking elsewhere, the geopolitical alignment and system is facing a shake up much sooner than the population expects.