“President” Donald Trump has been facing major backlash for the recent demands he made to the Pentagon for a military parade. Frankly, it sounds a little too close to something a dictator like North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un would do. Actually, he does it quite often.
The White House tried to spin it in a way that the request was to honor service members. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:
‘President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.’
It’s hard to believe that especially when you know how much Trump loves to have his ego stroked.
However, what really matters is how the actual servicemembers feel about the parade. Navy veteran Adam Weinstein is the senior editor for Task & Purpose, and he used his platform to write a piece about his thoughts on a Trump parade, and he held nothing back.
Adam Weinstein wrote a long list of issues that America faces.
‘This is the America that our military is defending. It is not going well. The Afghanistan War, the United States’ longest in its history, has no obvious end; the generals in charge now were field grade officers when the war started. The forever war is turning out so many veterans that the VA can’t keep up — and the department is largely trying to fire its way out of the problem, without filling any of its top spots or hiring for any of its nearly 50,000 job vacancies. Some American war veterans are facing deportation. Others, with other-than-honorable discharges, are foundering with next to no help. The U.S.’s forward-deployed naval force, steaming away to back up the belligerence of a novice president’s tweets, is stretched to its breaking point, with groggy nav teams breaking ships and killing sailors. The entire military establishment, shot through with waste, fraud, and abuse, can’t even audit itself, and Congress is too broken to even fund it, except through short-term continuing resolutions, because we have reached a point in America where Americans have their political teams to root for and no incentives to be humane or conciliatory to each other for a greater cause.’
He then wrote:
‘Let’s throw a fucking military parade.’
It hits home, doesn’t it? What in the world are we celebrating? The fact our government is failing everybody on all levels?
As a veteran, Weinstein took issue with Trump’s “military experience.”
‘Let’s do it for the duly elected commander-in-chief, who was born on third base and blames the world for not just scoring it as a run. Whose entire “military” service consists of a private boarding-school diploma and five draft deferments. Who used the commissioning ceremony of the Coast Guard Academy’s graduating cadets to bitch about the media’s coverage of him, when he wasn’t confusing the Coast Guard with the Navy. Who couldn’t stand still or remember the words for the National Anthem at Arlington on Memorial Day next to his secretary of defense and Joint Chiefs chairman (but he’s still pretty sure NFL players of color who don’t show sufficient anthem-patriotism should be fired). Who doesn’t have a clue what evening colors are, but surmises they must be for him. Who accessorizes with troops. Who likes “people who weren’t captured;” tells Gold Star families he’s “made a lot of sacrifices;” calls safe sex in the 1990s “my personal Vietnam;” and blames “the generals” for battle casualties.’
The piece Weinstein wrote really brings the issue of Trump’s priorities for America to the table. Any president goes in with their own agenda. President Barack Obama immediately began work on Obamacare when he assumed office. Trump’s agenda for America has been nothing but to sow discourse throughout our society. Most of his first attempts at instituting his agenda were thwarted by his own party (repealing Obamacare). Other than a military parade, it’s no longer clear what Trump hopes to accomplish in what will hopefully be his one-term presidency.
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