Donald Trump wants military parade to show might

Aaron Brown
February 10, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, said that "what (Trump) should have learned from France is about their health care system, not about their military parades".

Military officials reportedly rolled their eyes at the idea, and the internet at large has mocked the president's vision, comparing it to the military posturing parades held in Nazi Germany and North Korea.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that everyone is "aware of the president's affection and respect for the military".

Trump has directed the Pentagon to draft options for a massive march - one that would rival the Bastille Day celebration he witnessed in Paris past year.

Such shows of force are rare in the United States.

"They (the military) didn't expect any parades on the way back, they just felt they had done what they were meant to do and had accomplished their job".

Troops march down the Champs Elysees during Paris' Bastille Day parade. But even if Trump did not require Americans to foot the bill and instead relied on wealthy donors, critics are bound to ask why the president is choosing to fund pageantry instead of areas that could tangibly improve the lives of veterans.

Trump's appreciation of military fanfare is not shared by fellow Republicans in Congress. But he added: "I'm not looking for a Soviet-style hardware display".

"It's kind of cheesy. And I don't think that's been announced".

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"Burning the existing budget on a parade is probably a better idea than flying aircraft over a dome during the Super Bowl and is not a awful idea provided that it doesn't come at the expense of other programs" like those related to providing adequate health care for severely injured troops, he said.

"When you are the most powerful nation in all of human history you don't have to show it off like Russian Federation does, like North Korea, and China".

Representative Jackie Speier, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN: "I was stunned by it, to be quite honest. we have a Napoleon in the making here". "I think a better look for us is a free, open and diverse democracy in which everybody gets their say". But President Donald Trump does not often stand on tradition.

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of MS, also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was not as enthusiastic about Trump's idea for a parade.

The district council issued a brief but snarky statement via Twitter. "How is the Pentagon not incredibly insulted?" read one tweet, while another suggested it signaled the "arrival of fascism".

It's no surprise local politicians aren't lifting a finger to help Trump.

The president did not seem deterred, although his aides rushed to downplay the notion that it was anything beyond an idea Trump had floated "in a brainstorming session" to help Americans express gratitude and pride for the military.

Like most people, we have the utmost respect and admiration for the men and women who serve in our armed forces.

And military parades are hardly cheap.

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