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Media Paints Potential Military Parade as Logistical Nightmare

Media Paints Potential Military Parade as Logistical Nightmare”

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis confirmed that Trump has called for a military parade, claiming it shows the president's "respect [and] fondness" for the armed services.

"What Trump may have missed while watching the Paris parade last July was that its organizers have frequently invited foreign troops - from Morocco and India to the United States, Britain and Germany - to march alongside French soldiers or to even lead the procession".

Footage of the second parade, which was held in D.C. on Sep.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said a parade would be a "fantastic waste of money".

"America can afford survival", Mr. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, told reporters at the White House. Abrams tanks and Patriot missiles systems rolled past cheering civilians.

"I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Mr Trump told Mr Macron.

WELNA: The proposed parade was not as unexpected to military budget expert Todd Harrison as the Pentagon's apparent lack of pushback.

"I don't think we need to add an additional expense", said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), said he could support a parade honoring veterans.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Democrats and the media will criticize the decision, but citizens will love it.

Trump hailed a two-hour military parade conducted in Paris during his visit there previous year, and gave orders to replicate it in Washington, DC.

After the last US combat troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, a USA military spokesman told reporters that although there was a groundswell of support to honor Iraq War veterans with a ticker-tape parade in New York, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had reservations because the war in Afghanistan was still underway.

The parade will be staged as the American high command steers the United States military from its two-decade-long focus on a "global war on terror" to the preparation for "great power" conflict, i.e., military confrontation with nuclear-armed Russian Federation and China, as spelled out in the series of national strategy, defense and nuclear posture documents released over the past several weeks.

There are many people who see the parade idea otherwise, saying it's a show of force out of line with American tradition. "We've been putting together some options".

"Great day", then-President George H.W. Bush reportedly said of the event.

The Washington parade, dubbed the National Victory Celebration, cost about $12 million (about $21.8 million in today's dollars).

They're not the only ones who think Trump's parade idea is, frankly, dumb.

In many other parts of the world, military parades are quaint anachronisms, cloaked in remembrance of the past with little relevance for the future.



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