What a true Trump parade would be

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

The District of Columbia Council ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

DC leaders are pushing back hard tonight against President Trump's plans for a grand military parade through the city.

The White House said on Tuesday it had asked the Pentagon to explore a celebration of "America's great service members", after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris a year ago.

The decision was reportedly taken without consultation with military chiefs or legal experts, and the policy has been repeatedly smacked down in the courts. The U.S. traditionally has not embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of worldwide prestige and influence.

For instance, US Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the US military was to ignore Trump's ban.

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In her brief comment on Trump's order to the Pentagon, Sanders did not elaborate on what sort of event he envisions.

Maj. David Eastburn, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, told BuzzFeed that Mattis is expected to present recommendations to the president, but that Trump would make the final decision.

The Post report said a January 18 meeting between Trump, Mattis and top generals at the Pentagon marked a tipping point in Trump's push for a parade. "We're not North Korea, we're not Russian Federation, and we're not China and I don't want to be". The Tribune article also shares numerous criticisms of this plan, including the millions of dollars that would need to be spent just moving weapons to Washington DC and the pointlessness of the parade which would not be celebrating any military victory or any anniversary of a victory. The Pentagon's takeaway from the meeting was that the parade was an order, not a request.

Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana), said when you're the most powerful nation on earth, you don't have to show off like Russian Federation and China. And furthermore, they'll liken him to Hitler and every other dictator in history who's held a parade as a show of strength. "We do that every day in virtually every clime all over the world".

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a prominent Republican voice on defense matters, said he favored highlighting the country's armed forces but not its weaponry. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France".

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