“A military parade in D.C. would shut down the nation’s capital and waste taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump’s ego,” said Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting delegate to the U.S. Congress for the District of Columbia, a Democratic stronghold.
“I think a parade showcasing the military and the sacrifices they make for the country would be appropriate, it would be a way to say thank you, but I’m not interested in a military hardware display. That would be cheesy and project weakness,” Graham told reporters on Wednesday.
The White House said on Tuesday it had asked the Pentagon to explore a celebration of “America’s great service members,” after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris last year. ( Isn't that what November 11th [Veterans' Day] and the fourth of July
[Independence Day] are set aside for ??? )
“I think we’re all aware in this country of the president’s affection and respect for the military,” Mattis told reporters, while declining to address the costs of the parade.
One option under consideration is for a parade on Nov. 11 - which would be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
GENERALLY RAREMilitary parades in the United States are generally rare. Such parades in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.
In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War.
The District of Columbia Council ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.
“Tanks but no tanks!” it tweeted.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser’s spokeswoman said the District had no formal request for a parade but ”just like the wall, he will have to pay for it,” a reference to Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. The Mexican government has insisted it will not do so.
Trump publicly expressed his interest in an American military display after watching the Paris parade. It is well known that Trump loves pomp and ceremony especially if it strokes his enormous ego. At least consider for a moment, that this whole incredible waste of money, that could be much better spent on the actual defense budget, is just another self aggrandizing Trump stunt.