Why Trump's Demand for a Military Parade Matters

President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a massive parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington to demonstrate the country's military strength.

It was reported this week that Trump expressed during a January 18 meeting his desire for a military parade. After the Civil War, for example, Washington, D.C., saw a Grand Review of the Armies.

The last national military parade the US saw was in 1991 under former President George H.W. Bush to celebrate the end of the first Persian Gulf War.

"The president is looking for opportunities to honor our service members and show appreciation".

Like many, we're torn about the notion of a government-orchestrated military parade, which President Trump has asked the Pentagon to draw up.

Two sly provisions in this long-shot bill, since Republicans control the House and Senate: The measure would also require approval from "any municipality" where the parade would be conducted - Trump said he wants it in Washington.

Others said it was an appropriate way to show support for the troops. It's about Trump's own self-gratification.

What this country needs is a massive, costly, super-extravagant military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with tanks, fighter flyovers, bands, horses and hundreds of uniformed high-stepping troops all saluting their commander-in-chief, Donald Trump. During the Cold War, such military spectacles were a hallmark of the Soviets.

A military parade is in the works at the request of Pres. Donald Trump.

Beyond the brazen saber rattling, some, including Sen. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., raised objections to the parade on financial grounds.

"Do I find the idea of forcing service members to perform a charade that will cost a lot of time, money, and resources, and ultimately do nothing to make our country stronger or more safe, repulsive?"

Zeldin, who's on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, pointed out that military spending for the upcoming year is already stretched thin.

We have the world's best military. The Washington Post reported at the time that interviews with 50 citizens showed public opinion "sharply divided" about it, with some calling it a waste of time and money and others saying it was a chance to be excited about a war ending successfully after just 43 days. And as veterans, we know we can't stay on the sidelines as Trump continues to turn our comrades into political props, and intimidates our communities with an authoritarian display.

  • Leroy Wright