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Why President Trump wants a military parade in Washington D.C.

President Donald Trump has requested that the U.S. armed forces stage a parade in the nation's capital to feature America's military might. The timing and source of the request has drawn a mixture of opinion.
Veterans of the Gulf War's 'Operation Desert Storm' march up Broadway's 'Canyon of Heroes,' in the Financial District of lower Manhattan. (ANDREW HOLBROOKE/Corbis via Getty Images)

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump has requested that the U.S. armed forces stage a parade in the nation’s capital to feature America’s military might. The timing and source of the request has drawn a mixture of opinion from high-ranking individuals. 


While opinion over the prospect of a military parade in the near future divides along partisan lines, there are some important distinctions worth considering—and recalling the place of the military in the life of a nation, for better or worse.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers laments the image such a parade would create and that we seek to imitate France in “military domain”, a joke at the expense of French military history.

I’m all for the US flag and totally behind the US military. I loathe those who favor cosmopolitanism over patriotism. But military parades bespeak a leader’s insecurity not true patriotism. Why, in military domain, are we trying to emulate France?

— Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) February 7, 2018


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