Our President’s vision of a military parade, which he calls ‘a tribute to American military members and veterans’, if realized, would be more akin to a taunting than a tribute. Such a display of military force is suitable in Beijing, Moscow or Pyongyang, not Washington DC. It is simply not the image the United States should project.
The United States does not need to show its adversaries the physical might of its military. Our strength and world leadership are well known across the globe. To exhibit our Forces in a dramatic display is counterintuitive to the inherent goal of our country. Not only is the visual exhibition unnecessary, it is vile and not the message we want to send to the world.
What the United States needs to project right now is an image of a powerful peacemaker. We can do this by keeping our Forces on the front lines to protect the US, as well as others who need our assistance. American Servicemen and women are stationed around the world, protecting our interests, and attempting to preserve peace and order. Such great endeavors require extreme intellectual focus by our leaders, as well as a massive, dedicated, budget.
Our government struggles to finance its current programs. Funding a multimillion dollar military parade, similar to the $12 million spent on the celebration demonstrating the force of the United States in the Gulf War in 1991, would be an inappropriately huge waste of resources. Parades such as these are disruptive to the military. The gross amount of money wasted could go to much needed programs, including our continued international endeavors, as well as ventures to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other war injuries, in present troops and veterans. Recent analysis shows that the suicide rate of military members and veterans is double that of civilians in the United States. Our funding and intellectual resources are better spent on these current, critical issues.
A military parade, such as the farce envisioned by our President, requires months of training by thousands of troops, millions of dollars of funding pulled from other efforts, and is a drain on everything in its wake, from the local Washington DC infrastructure and government, to the thousands of troops who would have to refocus their essential training to what amounts to a grand performance.
“… confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” said Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, when voicing deep opposition to the idea of a parade. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history; (we) don’t need to show it off.”
The United States of America is better than this potential circus. We are not a dictatorship. Our President is neither an autocrat nor a despot. The American people should stand up and prevent our already fractured image from being dragged deeper into absurdity.
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