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Trump plans military parade

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/07/18, 11:56 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump instructed the Pentagon to begin planning a large-scale military parade, the White House confirmed Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported Trump requested the event at a Jan. 18 meeting with military leaders. The president drew inspiration from last year’s Bastille Day celebration in Paris, where he witnessed French troops marching in uniform. “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement after the Post published its story. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” There’s precedent for displays of force in Washington, D.C., but not in the last quarter of a century. President Dwight Eisenhower included nuclear-capable artillery and missiles in his inaugural parades in 1953 and 1957. There were also displays of military hardware during the height of the Cold War. The last major military parade in the nation’s capital occurred in 1991 to celebrate victory in the Gulf War under President George H.W. Bush. According to the Post, the dates under consideration for a new military parade include Independence Day and Memorial Day, and Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Evan Wilt

Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.

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  •  Peter Allen's picture
    Peter Allen
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 12:03 pm

    Sounds like what the N. Koreans do also.  How about "walk softly and carry a big stick" instead. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 03:49 pm

    We should do this because France does?  I don’t think so. 

    Mr President, please reconsider. 

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 03:52 pm

    I agree with Peter Allen's statement. What flashed into my mind when I heard about President Trump's proposal was an image of thousands of goose-stepping Nazi soldiers marching in front of Hitler.  Such a massive military display would be fuel to the titanic ego of President Trump.
    Christians should be wary of strutting military might.  "Some trust in horses and chariots, but we (followers of Jesus) trust in the Lord God" (Psalm 20:7).  And as the old spiritual goes, "We ain't gonna study war no more."


  • Laura W
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 07:55 pm

    Yeah, not sure what he's going for with this, but I kind of liked how our country was secure enough in it's military might that we didn't feel a need to show it off. But maybe he thinks some countries need a little theater to get the point?

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 01:35 pm

    I admit some consternation at the idea, for reasons already stated above.  But World did a good job providing historical context.  Maybe our geopolitical enemies need to see such a display.  So I guardedly support the idea.