The biggest story out of Washington today was the Senate budget agreement adding billions to the deficit with increased for both defense and non-defense domestic items. The president has been lobbying for additional military spending consistently since taking office. But the bill may have issues in the House and Oval Office and a shutdown may ensue anyway.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has them. So does North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Now, President Trump wants his own military parade in Washington, with soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards. Officials told The Washington Post on Tuesday that they have begun planning a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Post, which noted that shows of military strength are not typical in the United States. The last of its kind took place in June 1991, when 8,800 U.S. troops and the weapons that helped the United States win the Persian Gulf War against Saddam Hussein were celebrated in Washington.
This parade is simply another wet dream for an authoritarian imperialist leader and has no other reason to be. And is this the best use of federal defense dollars? I don’t think so.