This is actually happening.
Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a grand military parade for later this year. Apparently, Trump had been fantasizing about such a parade and musing with generals on the topic for some time, but on January 18th, what had been a testosterone fueled daydream became a hardened plan.
As reported by the Washington Post:
Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
The United States does not have a history of “military parades” for any reason beyond soldiers victoriously returning from war.
Trump seems to want (and I cannot believe I am writing this) full Abrams tanks, cruise missiles, and other devastatingly lethal technology paraded before HIM, as if this is HIS military. Indeed, Trump has been known to refer to “my generals” when speaking of the commanding officers. The very phrase grates the ear, because I can near guarantee that every general thinks of him or herself as every bit as much belonging to me, as president Trump, even though he is the one who commands the military, that is an entirely different premise than a military that “belongs to” any one American over another.
Is Trump going to watch from the Truman Balcony? In a specially fitted military jacket? chomping on a cigar?
We know it will be bigger than Obama’s military parade.
God help us.