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Pentagon weighing options for United States military parade - Mattis

09 February 2018

According to the White House, Pentagon officials have begun planning after receiving the president's orders. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military".

Following the Paris trip he expressed his admiration for the spectacle.

"I don't know", co-host Brian Kilmeade said Wednesday.

Democrats, meanwhile, were sharply critical of the parade proposal, arguing it was a waste of money and a vanity exercise for Trump.

Trump's military parade could also come as an answer to North Korea's own military parade, which the authoritarian nation conducted as a display of force on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Some lawmakers said they like the idea, if the parade is low-key, focuses on vets and doesn't cost too much.

Hoellwarth is the spokesman for AMVETS, a group that advocates for military veterans.

The last military parade in 1991 cost $12 million, $3 million of which was paid by the government.

Some say the upcoming parade should be tied to something significant.

Funds for a parade could drain resources that could have otherwise been allocated for the military's other needs.

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And yet, it wouldn't be the first grand military parade in Washington.

Crowds of people filled the streets of NY to witness the city's "At War Parade" on June 13, 1942. Our military is the very best in the world - they are not to be reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump's image. ".the President has great affection and respect for the military. We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", Mattis told reporters at a White House briefing.

Either way, the moves would cost millions of dollars and tie up this gear for weeks that could have otherwise been spent using it to train for war.

But more enduring and less expensive was FDR's brief inaugural address before that military extravaganza. But most Americans will eat it up. That is one of the many small pieces of the Trump strongman puzzle that, when assembled, provide a startling rebuke of democracy. When it comes to issues related to physical and mental health, homelessness, unemployment and sexual abuse, advocates say the military is often underfunded and undersupported. "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it. "That's a good way to put money, taxpayers' money - investing in our troops, investing in our veterans, instead of the amusement of the president". The active USA military is more than six times the size of France's, and its reserves are almost 40 times as large.

But the more I think about it, the more I think that it's maybe not such a bad idea. Since the day he kicked off his campaign for president, the former host of "The Apprentice" has used the military as a talking point to help cater to conservative voters.

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Pentagon weighing options for United States military parade - Mattis