President Donald Trump wants a big military parade, and the Pentagon may be delivering one, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
White House and military officials confirmed that planning for the event was already underway, but a date had not yet been decided.
As Buzzfeed points out, past military parades were used to signal a victory, but the U.S.is still trudging along in the Afghanistan war, the longest in the country's history.
Add it all up and you get this: "Trump tells Pentagon to plan a military parade".
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.
"We simply don't think a national-level parade is appropriate while we continue to have America's sons and daughters in harm's way", Col. David Lapan, a spokesman for then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, was quoted as saying in 2012. Presidents Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy had military equipment in their inaugural parades when the Cold War flared up. Such parades in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.
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It will be one massive troll, complete with tanks and flyovers and marching soldiers. "Because of what I witnessed, we might do something like that in Washington on July 4 down Pennsylvania Avenue".
Among their objections: Military parades have traditionally been the hallmarks of totalitarian regimes, appearing in the parade would be an unwelcome distraction for rank-and-file servicemembers and it would make it seem like the military is promoting the president and not serving the Constitution.
The Post said Trump broached the subject again during a January 18 meeting with top generals at the Pentagon, but a representative for the Defense Department offered little insight Wednesday to what Trump has planned.
But what has always been understood to be a national, historic tradition in France would likely be perceived by many as a more timely political message from a single USA individual to the nation, and indeed to the world, along the lines of: Look at how strong we (and I) are.
Trump conjured up the idea after being "awestruck by the tableau of uniformed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees", The Washington Post says.
US troops march during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Concorde Square in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017. "I don't want to be Russian Federation or North Korea, I don't want to be a totalitarian state and this is straight from their playbook", she said.
In September, Trump marveled at what "a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France" the military parade was.