Trump Is Planning a Terrifying Military Parade Through the Streets of DC

Trump Is Planning a Terrifying Military Parade Through the Streets of DC

Macron hosted Trump in Paris with great pomp in July for the Bastille Day national holiday - when the U.S. leader was impressed by the huge traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysees.

Commentators say a United States parade would be extremely expensive, given the cost of bringing military hardware and personnel to the capital and protecting its streets from tanks designed for war zones.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told my colleagues, who also noted that shows of military strength are not typical in the United States - the last of its kind took place in June 1991 as 8,800 USA troops and the weapons that helped the United States win the Gulf War against Saddam Hussein were celebrated in Washington.

The last time a military parade marched through Washington, D.C. was at the conclusion of the Gulf War in June 1991.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump's desire to have a military parade when she was pressed by a reporter on whether that was the best way to show appreciation for the troops.

Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers confirmed earlier reports by declaring that the planning process for the U.S. parade were in their "infancy".

"I would personally spend the money that would go to the military parade, were Trump to have his way, on providing food and housing for even a single homeless veteran", Liz Mair wrote.

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According to the Post, Trump was inspired by a 2017 visit to France for Bastille Day, which traditionally features a military parade.

That stance is a purposeful one created to cast anyone who objects to a military parade through the streets of Washington as unpatriotic, cynical or both. "And it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France".

In fact, the federal government has sponsored many military parades - just not any lately. 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 global prestige and influence. "I don't know. We're going to have to try and top it".

Those nations often put on military parades for domestic propaganda purposes and to showcase new military hardware. And, as the Post story notes, both Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy featured military equipment during their inaugural parades. A military parade in 2018 might be seen as naked fetishism created to satisfy the emotional needs of a President who is overwhelmingly despised by the city in which he resides.

Trump attended the annual Bastille Day parade in July of a year ago and hasn't stopped raving about it since, including by expressing his desire for a similar July 4 parade back home.

The following month, he oversaw a parade in China's far-northern province of Inner Mongolia, in which more than 100 planes and nearly 600 types of weaponry - many never seen before - went on show to mark the PLA's 70th anniversary.

The news, which came a day before North Korea was expected to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military with its own massive parade, immediately fueled comparisons to similar events in more autocratic countries.

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