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Title: President Trump Has Ordered a Military Parade in Washington, Pentagon Says
Source: Time
URL Source: http://time.com/5136757/pentagon-donald-trump-military-parade/
Published: Feb 6, 2018
Author: Robert Burns / AP
Post Date: 2018-02-06 23:48:03 by Hondo68
Keywords: None
Views: 1039
Comments: 49

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Sheffer Corporation in Blue Ash, Ohio on Feb. 5, 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Sheffer Corporation in Blue Ash, Ohio on Feb. 5, 2018.
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(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.

The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening. She said Trump wants the Pentagon to “explore a celebration” that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, said Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are “looking at options.”

Muscular military parades of the kind that are common in authoritarian countries like China and North Korea are not quintessentially American. 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 international prestige and influence.

U.S. military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, but these typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.

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

Although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not commented publicly on the idea of a Washington military parade, the idea is not an obvious fit with his emphasis on focusing strictly, if not exclusively, on military activities that either improve the lethality of the armed forces or enhance their preparation for combat, or both.

The Post report said a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump, Mattis and top generals at the Pentagon marked a tipping point in Trump’s push for a parade. It quoted an unidentified military official as saying, “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France.” It was thus interpreted as a presidential order, the Post said, adding that the cost of shipping tanks and other military hardware to Washington could run in the millions of dollars.

The Post also reported that the Pentagon would prefer to hold such a parade on Veteran’s Day in November, in part because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I. It would thus be less directly associated with the president and politics, the Post said.

John Kirby, a retired Navy rear admiral and former spokesman for the State Department and the Pentagon, reposted on Twitter Tuesday night an article he wrote for CNN’s website last summer after Trump mentioned he had been dazzled by the Paris parade. Kirby said a big military parade in Washington is a bad idea.

“First of all, the United States doesn’t need a parade down Pennsylvania or any other avenue to show our military strength,” he wrote. “We do that every day in virtually every clime all over the world.”

It has long been conventional wisdom that the U.S. does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognized as the leader of the NATO alliance and a model of military professionalism that countries across the global seek to emulate.

Last September, at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump announced his idea of staging a grand parade of the armed forces in Washington on July 4.

Trump reminisced about watching France’s Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July. He said the two-hour parade was a “tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France,” and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.

 


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Maybe the tanks can roll on into Maryland and take on the Anacostia commies, and then onward to Baltimore, Trenton, and NYC? (1 image)

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#4. To: hondo68 (#0)

Parades are dumb. I can't imagine why Trump thinks we want a parade.

Trump wanted this for his inauguration, was mad he couldn't get a big military parade.

One of the generals argued that the streets in D.C. will not support the weight of tanks. I'm not sure if that is true. NATO forces routinely parade on the boulevards of Europe which seems to be mostly what the EU leaders think a military is used for.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-02-07   7:10:14 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Tooconservative (#4)

Parades are dumb. I can't imagine why Trump thinks we want a parade.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-02-07   11:26:09 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: misterwhite (#12) (Edited)

Here's 1.5 hours of Trump enjoying the Bastille Day parade.

It looks just dreadful. Poor Melania, such a good sport.

France's military on parade is really really gay. I can't imagine why Trump liked it.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-02-07   11:51:48 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Tooconservative (#17)

I will admit, I find parades pretty boring for the most part. Except when my kids were in them for sports teams.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-02-07   11:53:47 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: A K A Stone (#18)

I will admit, I find parades pretty boring for the most part. Except when my kids were in them for sports teams.

Scrub through that video of the French parade. Colorful historic uniforms, drab bands, the jeep corps (a bad joke), some wheeled armored cars, a half-dozen medium tanks with more armored cars, 3 choppers, a half-dozen jets trailing tricolor smoke flying over the Arc. How they dragged it out for over two hours is beyond imagination. It's sheer torture.

The display of military might was pathetic actually. Trump is right that we could easily outdo it, even with only National Guard units.

I think the money should be spent on rebuilding the military. We're scavenging parts off planes to keep others in the air. A parade for Trump won't fix that.

Look at that video closely though. There is no doubt that Trump enjoyed that parade more than anyone else there. Trump enjoyed it more than everyone else on the review stand combined. The French officials looked like "I suppose I have to be here because it's my job." You can't imagine any of them attending this parade if they weren't obliged to. But Trump really did enjoy it, right up to where he helped lead the applause for him getting into his Beast and leaving at the end of the clip.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-02-07   12:10:59 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: Tooconservative (#21)

I don't know what iss morre boring watching the parade or watching the entire video rto get these very important details out. Thank you TC you do so much for us.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-02-07   12:13:44 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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#24. To: A K A Stone (#23)

Thank you TC you do so much for us.

Yeah, it's a real public service. LOL

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-02-07 12:18:25 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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