Mattis dodges on cost of military parade

Marsha Scott
February 10, 2018

The White House moved one step closer to achieving its goal of a two-year budget deal that increases military spending, but was dogged Wednesday by questions about a possible military parade through the streets of Washington and a senior adviser accused of multiple assaults on ex-wives. "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it.

The news of Trump's call for a military parade in the USA comes as North Korea plans to show off dozens of long-range missiles during a February 8 parade, sources told North Korea's intentions told CNN last week.

When pressed by a reporter on whether that was the best way to show appreciation for the troops, Ms Sanders said the White House has not made a final decision and that they are "exploring different ways that he could highlight and show the pride we have in the military".

North Korea and the former Soviet Union typically have been referenced when discussing the idea of a military parade in America, but Trump reportedly was inspired when by Bastille Day celebrations in France. Planning this vanity project for President Trump is already an embarrassing misuse of our military leaders' time, which should be focused on keeping Americans safe.

Critics have objected to the event's cost, likely to be in the millions. The Post story noted concern that heavy tanks or other equipment could damage the city's roads. "That's not who we are, it's kind of cheesy, and I think shows weakness quite frankly".

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Appearing on CNN, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gravely informed the country that a military parade is a bad idea because it would remind people of North Korea.

But there has been little enthusiam from either Republicans or Democrats for what would be a costly parade.

"We can play strategy and Risk", she said. "For some presidents, it's sometimes a strategic act: Speak quietly while carrying a big stick", as President Theodore Roosevelt famously advised.

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"If he wants to emulate the French, how about some national health care", Joy Behar suggested before Sunny Hostin said Washington's existing infrastructure couldn't even handle a lavish parade.

Norton said the USA was better than that.

"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're going to have to try to top it", he told reporters afterwards.

"We had bombings in Kabul just last week", Theriot-Smith said.

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen".

Would Abrams tanks chew up the pavement on Pennsylvania Avenue?

Sitting on the Champs-Elysees, the American president marveled at the Republican Guard on horseback and jets flying overhead, and greeted President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in an open-topped camouflaged military jeep.

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