Almost all kids love a parade. They get to see the local fire truck go by, clowns, and even an antique truck every now and then. If you are really lucky, The local beauty pageant winner will throw you a couple of pieces of candy. Yes, a parade can be a lot of fun for the little ones.
Not surprisingly, President Trump likes parades as well. The President wants a military-style parade to be held in Washington. Unfortunately for the President, not all adults agree with him.
According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Sixty-one percent of voters disapprove of the parade which is estimated to cost about $30 million.
A defense official directly familiar with initial planning efforts said the proposed parade could interfere with military training schedules. “We don’t have troops and units sitting around waiting to do a parade,” the official added.
Other critics voiced their opinion that America is above such a display. Military parades are often associated with oppressive regimes and dictators such as communist Russia, emerging China and more recently, Noth Korea.
The retired U.S. Navy Seal credited with shooting al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 raid called President Trump’s plan for a military parade “third world bulls***”. “We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” Robert O’Neill said on Twitter this week.
O’Neill, a Trump supporter, then said in a tweet Friday, “I simply think a parade is a bad idea.” O’Neill was part of over 400 combat missions during his military career and received two Silver Stars and four Bronze Stars with Valor.
The President was apparently inspired by last year’s Bastille Day celebration in Paris, which the President attended as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump was awestruck by the colorful uniformed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees with military tanks, armored vehicles, gun trucks and carriers — complete with fighter jets flying over the Arc de Triomphe and coloring the sky with streaks of blue, white and red smoke, the colors of the French flag.