Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade

by Abel Hampton February 10, 2018, 2:05
Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade

Mattis is briefing reporters at the White House.

President Trump has been accused of exploiting the United States armed forces to boost his own image after he demanded a military parade in Washington.

"The DC government will open on time today".

Military displays in Washington DC are usually only used to mark victory at the end of a war.

The president made the request of top military chiefs in late January, after reportedly being impressed by a French Bastille Day parade previous year. "We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a lovely thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms". "But the civilian sector of the country, the Americans who remember Vietnam and the divisions of that era (wanted one)", a CBS correspondent who reported the event told the anchor Bob Scheiffer.

Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, highlighted the words of George Orwell in response: "Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army". ".the President has great affection and respect for the military".

When we think of the miltary on parade, several images come to mind.

Missiles are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of North Korea's founding father Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang last year
Trump Saw A Military Parade In France And Now He Wants One Of His Very Own

For Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the possibility of a military parade hits close to home - literally. I think a lot of the world remembers the Soviet May Day parades and they still see the North Korean military parades around Pyongyang.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told CNN on Wednesday that there is nothing wrong with having a parade to celebrate the military but said to have a parade to show military might is "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness". Some 8,000 veterans marched along with tanks that trudged down a flag-festooned Constitution Avenue as fighter planes roared over the National Mall, before a crowd of about 800,000. Would the parade attract protesters?

But he declined to answer questions about how much it might cost to ship massive military platforms and perhaps thousands of troops to Washington, then secure and hold the actual event.

The media have proven repeatedly that they could create hysteria whenever Trump simply considered something, which was evident when pundits appeared outraged over reports that Trump thought about possibly firing special counsel Robert Mueller The parade is no different.

She added that "it's literally in a brainstorming session" and that the President did not give a directive that this is something that must happen.

Even some Republicans are skeptical. Sen.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN that such a parade risks being "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness" if it's all about showing off military hardware.

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