Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kennedy pans President's plan for military parade

Kennedy pans President's plan for military parade

"America is the most powerful country in all of human history", he continued.

"People will wonder, 'Well, what are they afraid of now? Don't do it", responded DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. Everyone knows that, there's no need to broadcast it.

"It's a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president", said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin. He raised the idea at the start of a meeting in NY with French President Emmanuel Macron, as he gushed about the Bastille Day military parade in Paris that Trump attended in July as Macron's guest.

The White House unveiled Wednesday plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power.

The cost of the march has yet to be calculated, but would likely run into the tens of millions.

"We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as reporters peppered him with questions at the White House.

Some critics even went so far as to say the parading of military strength makes Trump look more like an authoritarian dictator than the leader of a democracy.

The Post's story also noted that the parade would be expected to follow "the same route as Trump's inaugural parade", which included passage over Arlington Memorial Bridge.

"The DC government will open on time today".

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Trump is said to have been impressed by the French parade that he attended in July 2017.

Trump's order to his generals to prepare a military extravaganza replete with tanks and marching soldiers was met with comparisons on Wednesday to autocratic displays that occur in nations such as China, North Korea, and previously the Soviet Union.

"We have a Napoleon in the making here", she said. "For some presidents, it's sometimes a strategic act: Speak quietly while carrying a big stick", as President Theodore Roosevelt famously advised. He said last September in a conversation with Macron that he would like such a parade in Washington.

Norton said the USA was better than that. President George H.W. Bush declared it a "great day". Jonny Havens, a USA army veteran who said he served in Iraq, called that sentiment "right on".

"The cost borne by the Department of Defense for the 2009 and 2013 presidential inaugurations was approximately $20 million to $25 million", Davis said.

"We had bombings in Kabul just last week", Theriot-Smith said. His attendance at a series of these celebrations in each year of his presidency would surely call the public's attention to these fine men and women. "We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a lovely thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms".

Mr Trump asked military commanders to begin planning for a show of might similar to the one that he and his wife, Melania, saw on Bastille Day in Paris previous year.

Not to mention the damage a tank would do to the asphalt of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump, however, dismissed that concern, according to one person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's thinking.

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