What’s going on?
The White House has confirmed that the Pentagon is considering a special military event after President Donald Trump’s request for “a really great parade to show our military strength."
Parades to exhibit military strength aren’t a normal part of American traditions, but U.S. leaders have held them in the past. The last military parade was held in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush to celebrate victory in the Gulf War.
Trump reportedly wants a military parade in imitation of France’s Bastille Day parade tradition; however, staging a special event to show military prowess is a lot different from annual parades to recognize the troops and continue a tradition.
“There is a very huge difference between a Veterans Day parade or a Memorial Day parade and a military demonstration of might,” Glenn said on today’s show. He had several questions about the idea of a military parade:
- Why do we need this event when our military service members didn’t want it?
- How much will a parade like this cost?
- Wouldn’t that money be better spent on programs that benefit veterans (e.g., fixing the VA)?