The Pennsylvania Avenue Parade Plan, July 4th 2018


Trump is seeking a grand parade similar to the Bastille Day celebration in Paris, according to the Washington Post. He outlined the plan at a meeting at the Pentagon on 18 January that included defense secretary Jim Mattis and joint chiefs of staff chairman General Joseph Dunford, the paper said, citing an unnamed military official.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” the official told the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

May we recommend a suitable summer uniform for the Commander in Chief?

And of course, the day could hardly be complete without a review of the entire US Navy on the Potomac:

(Oh, sorry, scrub that, that was one of ours for King George, oops . . .)


7 Responses to The Pennsylvania Avenue Parade Plan, July 4th 2018

  1. bluthner says:

    Worrying? Yes. Disgusting, pretty much. But this kind of thing really is politics. Military parades tend to encourage jumping into stupid wars, and for all Trump’s talk about America First I sure as hell don’t trust him to not jump into the first stupid opportunity to get into a war that comes along, but that’s a problem within the normal range of normal D.C. disfunction. So let him have his toy soldier parade, let him wear shoulder boards if that winds his toddlerwatch.

    Meanwhile he actually floated the idea that not clapping for him amounted to Treason (for which the penalty is death), and even our own calm and collected Expat has suggested that unless he actually kills a witness his attempts to obstruct justice aren’t anything that anyone should do anything about.

    Is he timing this putative parade to coincide with the moment Mueller is likely to be dropping him in the shit? Quite likely. Is that intentional? Almost certainly. Will it work? That’s what we all want to know.

  2. NatashaFatale says:

    Fellow old people: remember Nixon’s palace guards? They were similarly inspired (“President Nixon had ordered that a new uniform be designed after he had seen what palace guards wore in other countries and had decided that the White House needed something as fancy”), and they were similarly inspired in a similarly provincial soul. Some of us have seen French military parades – they do stir up every ounce of atavism you have in you, and some of us harbor quite a bit more of that stuff than others. I used to play with lead soldiers myself and I did love to see and hear that cavalry come trotting by, but whatever spell those things cast on me somehow stopped short of envy.

    Even here in Vermont really important high school football games are graced with fighter jets buzzing the field.

    Even in deep blue California baseball teams dress up in fake military uniforms.

    This parade will pump a lot of people up sky high, and the brass will love it because a lot of those pumped-up people will be of recruitment age. And any enlistment, no matter what inspired it, is a good enlistment.

  3. 9thousandfeet says:

    Will it work?

    That’s where I’d place my bet.
    The task of poisoning the well for Mueller’s report is proceeding space even without any trappings like this.

    Seen Tammy Duckworth has given Der Führer a new name; “Cadet Bone Spurs.”

  4. 9thousandfeet says:

    Fucking autocorrect.

  5. Expat says:

    One wag suggested parading all of the Washington Think Tanks.

    I’ll get my coat……

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