Should the U.S. hold an annual military parade?

Randolph Lopez
February 9, 2018

This US media is reporting that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to stage a grand military parade in Washington this year to celebrate US military strength and prowess.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night, "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe". The route would be similar to Trump's inaugural parade, which goes right by the Trump International Hotel in D.C., several outlets pointed out.

At first, President Trump's desire to parade the military through Washington did not strike former Marine Sergeant and Iraq veteran John Hoellwarth as the best use of the Pentagon's resources.

He said last September in a conversation with Macron that he would like such a parade in Washington. A gaudy spectacle that shines the main spotlight on U.S. military equipment and tries to prove America has the biggest missiles will only dilute that honor - and backfire.

Trump attended a military parade while visiting Paris on Bastille Day in July as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron and was awestruck by the display. "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud".

"I don't know how they're going to promote it or when they're going to suggest it - but we will always be concerned with (the parade's) impact on the city, the impact on safety, pulling personnel, and our roadways, and the attention it would attract", Bowser told Channel 9. The White House would not comment on how the parade would be funded.

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"This is not about a dictatorship".

Officials have yet to decide on a date for the parade, the Post reported, though Veterans Day on November 11 is now a strong contender. According to the details known as of press time, the parade could costs millions of dollars, and is being planned to be held around Veterans Day. Mussolini did military parades.

Some point out that it's a waste of taxpayers' money and that it's reminiscent of a dictatorship.

"A parade as discussed would probably cost millions to arrange, destroy DC's streets that aren't prepared for such hardware, and take away actual training time", Defense News Senior Pentagon Correspondent Aaron Mehta tweeted.

"In the meantime, we do know that, just like the wall, he will have to pay for it", she said, referring to Mr Trump's proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

"It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump said.

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