I admit it…I have been lazy for the last couple of weeks since I came home from the hospital….just have not been interested in writing much.
I decided to get back into the saddle as they say….but with what subject? DACA….nope there is enough bullshit flowing around that subject…the possible shutdown….nope that is something that happens at least once a year and is not that interesting….what then? How about the parade thingy?
As usual this subject breaks down along the lines of those with Trump support and others in opposition to him….my opinion is why? I mean we already have these things especially on Memorial Day, 4th and Veterans Day…..so we do not need to plan any others…period.
I find myself in agreement with Sen. Paul……we seem to agree on the stands of war and foreign policy (mostly)….he wrote an op-ed about the parade idea.
A military parade in the nation’s capital? The last military parade in Washington was in 1991, after our victory in the first Iraq War.
Though the martial image of high-stepping soldiers is not one I tend to associate with our nation’s Founders’ distrust of a standing Army, I’m not against a victory celebration. So I propose we declare victory in Afghanistan, bring home our 14,000 troops and hold a victory parade.
We defeated the enemy in Afghanistan. We killed or captured the terrorists who planned, plotted, or aided in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We killed the ringleader, Usama bin Laden. We disrupted the terrorists’ camps where they plotted and trained. We dislodged the Taliban government that aided and abetted bin Laden.
There! The perfect reason to have a parade….this president and his need for a pat on the back at every turn can have his day….he gets a thank you and the admiration of the nation…..the perfect formula to keep this president happy and off Twitter.
Then there is a Naval response to the parade thing……
In recent days, news has emerged of potential plans for a military parade in the style of France’s annual Bastille Day défilé. Perhaps the spectacle of the French military parading through Paris inspired our Commander-in-Chief to investigate the possibility of a similar event here.
As an active duty officer in a sea command, I ask you, as my appointed leadership, to respectfully decline this request.
Our fleet faces a readiness crisis. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has said that every readiness question must start with the mention of our 17 dead shipmates on the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and this proposed movement of people, parts, and equipment must be considered through the same lens. Our reasons for rejecting this proposal fall into three categories: The fiscal, the material, and the philosophical.
I like Sen. Rand Paul’s suggestion.