Because he loves the veterans so much, Donald Trump has scheduled his authoritarian, third world country military style parade for November 11, Veterans’ day.
According to chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White,
“We are looking towards November 11, around Veteran’s Day, and also possibly in conjunction with the World War I centennial celebration. So it would be a celebration not only of our currently serving members but also those of the past.”
So, Trump’s “grand military parade” is beginning to take shape.
The last military parade in DC was held in 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm, at a cost pf about $8 million that most people had no problem with since it celebrated the end of a war with limited casualties. But, according to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, the cost this time could range from $10 million to $30 million, with the purpose of the parade being just to have one like the Bastille Day military parade trump saw in Paris last year.
As he usually does, talk about a possible action before talking with anyone to see if an idea is a good one or even feasible or affordable, trump announced,
“It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue. 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 beautiful thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms.”
And, again as usual, his advisers and staff have to cover for him and make it happen. After the fact of his announcement, trump asked Defense Secretary James Mattis to brief him on “concepts of operation for this event”.
But just like his opportunity to have earned the title veteran for himself which was prevented by bone spurs, there is something that may keep him from attending and being saluted as commander in chief at the big parade.. There is a potential scheduling conflict since Trump is expected to attend a summit with 79 other world leaders in Paris that day.
So for the sixth time there will be something that will prevent Trump from some sort of military event.
If his desire was to have a parade to honor veterans, during 2017 when he had the opportunity to honor troops at any Armed Forces Day parade, he attended none.
This one would be a personal ego boost as the parade would pass by his reviewing stand where he would be saluted by those marching past, so it would be all about him.
He faces a tough decision.
He can do what is beneficial to the country as a whole and attend the summit in Paris, or he can stroke his needy ego and be at the parade gloating at the country’s military might while receiving the mandatory salutes of those who serve and have served.