Trump orders Pentagon to plan a military parade

Casey Dawson
February 9, 2018

US President Donald Trump has told Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale military parade in the nation's capital this year.

"As far as the parade goes again, the president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think is reflected in him asking for these options", Mattis said.

Nevertheless, when we think of military glory these days, France is not the first nation that comes to mind.

"Look, as I've said", Huckabee Sanders told reporters, "we haven't made a final decision, the president is simply exploring different ways that he can highlight and show the pride that we have in the military".

The controversial move has, however, resulted in the president being accused by one political opponent of acting like a "dictator" and wasting an absurd amount of money.

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The anonymous White House official downplayed these concerns by telling the Post that such an event would be "the opposite" of totalitarian, but rather a "celebration of the men and women who give us freedom", and a "warning" to its enemies.

But Trump had a military parade on his mind long before the July 14 event in Paris.

"It is not in the culture of the United States military - that is not who we are. there shouldn't be, in my view, a whole lot of chest-thumping and these over means of showing how tough you are". Why are we trying to imitate the Soviet Union, where Joseph Stalin stood at stiff attention while tanks rolled by, or North Korea where Kim Jong Un salutes missiles while his people starve?

According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, U.S. military spending will be three times that of China and ten times more than Russian Federation. "This is about the president wanting to honor the military", White House Legislative Director Marc Short said on MSNBC Wednesday.

The military reportedly favors the November date to divorce the aura of the parade and its symbolism of USA military strength as much as possible from the contentious US political scene, since the parade would then fall days after congressional elections set for November 6. A parade "smacks of something you see in a totalitarian country", Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, told the Washington Post. When CNN's Pamela Brown asked why Trump doesn't just visit the troops in Iraq or Afghanistan instead of putting on a show, Sanders said "nothing has been decided or locked in stone".

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