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Pentagon May Solicit Funds For Trump’s Military Parade

March 1, 2018

Pentagon May Solicit Funds For Trump's Military Parade

President Trump has ordered a military parade in Washington DC on Veteran’s Day, one with “lots of military flyovers.” Since such a diversion of troops and equipment will cost up to $30 million that isn’t in the defense budget, the Pentagon is considering shaking down soliciting donations from patriotic citizens like, you know, Lockheed MartinBoeing, and  Northrop Grumman.


“Trump directs Pentagon to schedule military parade for Veterans Day,” Eliana Johnson, Politico


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Trump Wants His Own Parade

February 8, 2018

Trump Wants His Own Parade

President Donald Trump (Capt., New York Military Academy High School, retired), who calls the U.S. military leadership “my generals,” has given those leaders their “marching orders.” He wants a parade. A big, magnificent military parade, bigger than the one in Paris on Bastille Day, with thousands of marching troops, flags and bands and military pomp, cannons and missiles and fighter jet overflights, with humvees and tanks and stuff. The parade would go down Pennsylvania Avenue, right past the Trump International Hotel (reserve your room now!), on July 4th. Or Memorial Day. Or maybe Veteran’s Day. It would honor our troops, our president, U.S. military might, our president, America’s proud military tradition, and our brilliant commander-in chief.

A Big League parade. Bigger than Macron’s. Bigger than Eisenhower’s. Bigger than Kim Jong-Un’s. Bigger than Putin’s, or Erdogan’s, or Mao’s, or Mussolini’s or that other guy’s. Oh sure, it would take U.S. troops out of training and take equipment off-line and cost tens of millions of dollars, and the tank treads would chew up DC pavement, but what a grand spectacle!