President Trump gets worse by the minute and the latest is deeply disturbing.
The Washingon Post reports that Trump's desire to have a military parade has now turned into an order to put one together:
Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States — and they don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it.Trump's fascination with the military brings to mind Winston Churchill's love of war. The historian Ralph Raico wrote:
It began early,n as a child he had a huge collection of toy soldiers, 1500 of them, and he played with them for years after most boys turn to other things...He loved war as few modern men ever have- he even loved 'the bangs' as he called them...Of course, Churchill managed to get Great Britain involved in a world war. Will Trump's infatuation with the military stop with parades or is he itchy to order some great bangs of his own?
It is a terrible thing to contemplate but we must.
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