Trump's Parade Idea Puts Critics on Tricky Ground

Democrats could come off as anti-military
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2018 10:40 AM CST
President Trump is pushing for a big military parade.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – "I want a parade like the one in France." That quote is in wide circulation Wednesday as part of reports that President Trump wants to stage a military parade later this year. A Pentagon spokesperson confirms to CNN that plans are underway, though still in the "infancy" stage. Meanwhile, the idea is drawing all kinds of reaction, both positive and negative. Details and developments, including the idea that Trump is masterfully trolling his critics with this proposal:

  • In favor: Count David French of the National Review as among those in favor. His tweet sums up: "In the more than 16 years since 9/11 our military has 1) Toppled the Taliban. 2) Toppled Saddam. 3) Defeated the follow-on AQI insurgency. 4) Defeated the ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria. 5) Endured years of grinding deployments while fighting with honor. I’m fine with a parade.”
  • The criticism: Chris Cillizza at CNN hits a common point in an op-ed, making the case that any parade would be mostly about Trump's ego. Cillizza's hunch is that Trump saw the one in France and thought, "We need something bigger"—because, in the president's world, "bigger is always better." Another quote in wide circulation: Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier's line that "we have a Napoleon in the making here," per Business Insider.

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