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Are military parades un-American?

President Trump has ordered a military parade in Washington, according to the Pentagon. He does love a parade, and apparently wanted one for his Inauguration. But many are uncomfortable with the idea. Military parades are often associated with authoritarian dictators, not Western democracies, and spending millions on a parade seems wasteful. But others argue we should celebrate American military might by putting it on display. What do you think? 🎖️

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It could cost millions to ship tanks and other military hardware to Washington for such a display. It's both wasteful and creepy.

The U.S. traditionally has not embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea’s parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of international prestige and influence....
U.S. military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.
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Opponents say military parades are for authoritarian regimes. Why would we imitate the habits of Hitler, Stalin, the Soviet Union and modern-day North Korea?

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But Trump's fans are thrilled. They see it as a way to honor the men and women who serve in our military.

“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country,” Trump said in a January interview with The Washington Post. “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military.”
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It's not a brand-new idea: Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy all had large, modern military contingents in their Inauguration Day parades. 

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