Monday, 17 December, 2018

Should the U.S. host a military parade in Washington?

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"Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it.

The Trump administration will unveil a new policy on transgender people serving in the military on February 21. The US is now still mired in the longest war in its history as the Afghanistan war enters its 17th year, and US troops are now engaged in combat operations in several countries.

AARON O'CONNELL: It's hard to imagine what an end of that war would look like, and that's what parades are for. "And I don't think that's been announced".

The president has repeatedly mused about how he would like a military parade.

HOELLWARTH: We may not be able to sustain an all-volunteer force 10, 20 years from now with the way the numbers are going unless we do something as a nation to kind of put them on display and make people want to serve.

According to the Post, the Pentagon began planning a parade after Trump met with high-ranking military officials on January 18.

The plan is already facing challenges regarding funding, as well as criticism for the message that military parades send. ".the President has great affection and respect for the military".

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Mattis says the Pentagon has been putting together options for a parade. "Don't do it", responded DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. One of the most well-recognized veterans, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, said they don't need a "Trump themed parade".

In her brief comment on Trump's order to the Pentagon, Sanders did not elaborate on what sort of event he envisions.

According to BuzzFeed News, the change was revealed in documents filed before a federal judge reviewing President Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops.

"The RNC chose to go even further and pass a hateful resolution, which only serves to subvert and further demean hardworking men and women who want to serve their country in the most honorable way they can".

Even some Republicans are skeptical. Sen.

Noah, who was born in South Africa, offered an alternative suggestion to the president: "If you really want a parade, every time there's a drone strike just fly another drone behind it playing marching music". But France's tradition comes from a place of pacifism and global goodwill, with French soldiers carrying flags of the European Union and including troops from other countries. Kirby said a big military parade in Washington is a bad idea.

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