Trump’s desired military parade: Analysts blast plan as ‘North Korea-style’ event


President Dwight D. Eisenhower showed off state-of-the-art weapons after his first inauguration. President John F. Kennedy did, too. President George H.W. Bush welcomed thousands of troops to Washington after the U.S. triumphed in the Gulf War.

And now President Donald Trump wants a military parade of his own.

But several Democratic lawmakers, some historians and at least one former senior military official swiftly panned Trump’s request for a celebration in the streets of Washington.

“Parades like this remind me of that old Texas saying about a braggart, saying he was ‘all hat and no cattle.’ We are the best military in the world and don’t need a North Korea-style parade to prove it,” said retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former head of NATO and an NBC News analyst.

U.S. military parades have traditionally been held after era-defining triumphs, like the U.S. victory in World War II. Trump’s desired parade, on the other hand, would not necessarily be tied to a recent military success.

“There’s no reason to do it aside from bolstering Trump’s ego,” said Thomas E. Ricks, a military historian and veteran national security reporter.

The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that Trump expressed his desire for a military parade at a Jan. 18 meeting with top generals. The president, a senior administration official told NBC News, has “given the directive to begin the planning, so the planning has begun.”

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Desert Storm veterans wave during a Gulf War victory parade on June 8, 1991, in Washington.