President Donald Trump told Pentagon brass he wanted a military parade in Washington to showcase the nation’s fighting forces, and the mainstream media already has begun to formulate its attack lines.
The idea came from France. What haughty American Republican president takes ideas from France? 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.
It will be a logistical nightmare. The heavy tanks and other armor will leave potholes on Pennsylvania Avenue. Besides, how do you get all those tanks and other weapons to Washington?
Besides, who does military parades? Communist dictators, such as Kim Jong Un in North Korea.
“My God. He wants to be Kim Jong Un,” tweeted Joy Reid of MSNBC. And who does them when the United States is dropping bombs in seven countries around the world? Perhaps someone who wanted to bolster midterm electoral prospects?
“For Trump and his supporters, this is apparently seen as a way to create some momentum for the midterm elections later in the year,” reported Uproxx in a straight news story. “It could easily backfire, though, given Trump’s own personal history with military service and the factors that are being overlooked with the parade’s motivation. This is apparently happening, though, so get ready.”
The Washington Post reported that Trump has expressed interest in such a parade since before he took office but grew more committed when he witnessed the Bastille Day celebration in France, which featured a large military parade.
Trump told reporters, “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen. It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France.”
Then, to remind readers of its theory that Trump has to be the first and the greatest at everything to feed his supposedly enormous ego, he turned to French president Emanuel Macron and said, “We’re going to have to try to top it.”
So it was that on Tuesday, the Post reported, “President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House.”
A “seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive,” said officials at the Pentagon who met with the president Jan. 18.
Then came the recitation of the problems with showcasing our military assets.
“Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States,” the Post wrote. “And they don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it.”
As for when the parade would occur, the Post reported the president would like to tie it to a patriotic holiday. Memorial Day and July 4 have been tossed around, but the military prefers Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a few days after the election, because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I “and therefore be less associated with the president and politics.”
“’That’s what everyone is hoping,’” the military official said.
But what difference does it make the route goes by the Trump hotel? Pennsylvania Avenue is the logical place in Washington, D.C., for such an event. Does the Post truly think Trump wants this route so people would see his hotel?
Yes, it would cost money to move the equipment to Washington for the parade, but the military moves equipment every day, and Pennsylvania Avenue is in need of repaving regardless of whether the parade takes place.
It even speculates he may serve as grand marshal, although there has been no indication to that effect from the White House.