When Our Dear Leader was in France in his first year as leader he was treated to a parade in Paris and he fell in love with all the pomp and ceremony and all the really cool army stuff.
So when he returned to this country he told his military hierarchy that he wanted his own special military parade and they were to make it happen.
About $92 million will be the cost of this silly endeavor…..
The Veterans Day military parade President Trump ordered in February has been controversial from the start, with critics wondering if Trump was trolling the nation, the Pentagon saying the tanks Trump wanted couldn’t be involved, and the Office of Management and Budget warning the whole thing could cost millions. And now it turns out it may actually cost even more millions than originally thought: Officials who spoke anonymously to the AP, ABC News, and CNBC say the latest preliminary estimate is $92 million, up from an original estimate of $10 million to $30 million.
The officials say about $50 million of that is Pentagon costs including aircraft, equipment, personnel, and other support and the rest is largely related to security costs. But the estimates have not yet been finalized or released publicly, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has yet to approve parade plans; at least one official warns that, depending on the scope of the plans Mattis signs off on, the cost estimate could change. The defense bill Trump signed this week authorized the November parade.
So should we make our plans and reserve the hotel and buy the popcorn for this Veterans Day and the parade of the century?
I would hold off making your reservations right now…….
President Trump has long sought a military parade, but it won’t be happening in 2018. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the November parade has been postponed indefinitely, and won’t happen “until at least next year.”
There are reasons to doubt it will happen at all, as estimates of the cost of the parade are soaring, and appears to be drying up a lot of the interest in a gaudy display of America’s military arsenal. Those costs aren’t going to go down, only up.
This is just another in the Dear Leader’s list of idiotic plans that accomplish nothing but to feed his ego and waste money, taxpayer money, that could be better used elsewhere.
If Trump wants to show support for the troops then……
American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan said they appreciate Trump’s desire to show support for the troops, but until “we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”
Now that is a much better plan than some silly worthless parade.
Update: While I was writing this draft more news has come to light…..
The Hill also reports that these weren’t Trump’s only recent tweets on the subject. After Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday called for the money to go toward veterans’ causes (“health care, more jobs & skills, end vet homelessness & suicides”), Trump responded: “How can ‘Senator’ Richard Blumenthal, who went around for twenty years as a Connecticut politician bragging that he was a great Marine war hero in Vietnam (then got caught and sobbingly admitted he was neither a Marine nor ever in Vietnam), pass judgement on anyone? Loser!”
Seriously? This from a coward that took 4 or 5 deferments to get out of Vietnam…..
Then Kellyanne had to say the most pathetic thing of the day……
Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends ahead of Trump’s tweets. “We don’t need a parade to celebrate all this president has done for those brave men and women in uniform,”
Someone please tell the clueless Kellyanne…the parade is for Our Dear Leader has nothing to do with honoring our brave troops….it would be an ego trip not anything else.
Let’s hope that this worthless idea has met its match and we NEVER see a stupid military parade…..
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