by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online
This might be the unpopular opinion of the week, but I’m going to put it out there anyway, and then I’m going to justify it. I think Trump’s idea to have a military parade in Washington D.C. on Independence Day is a great idea and should proceed!
A lot of people, including that guy who was a Navy SEAL who allegedly shot Osama in the head, think it’s a bad idea and makes us look like a third world dictatorship. First of all, there are some problems with the analogy. Russia has a military parade every year, they are a first world superpower and allegedly a democracy. China has military parades every year. The left and right of the political spectrum both love China for different reasons. North Korea, the worst example in this list, has a parade. The leftist elites and journalists absolutely love North Korea. Look how much they are fawning over that dictator’s little sister Kim Yo Jong. They adore the little communist and her fat little brother so much you have to be careful of all the drool on the floor.
France has a military parade and they are not third world. That’s where the Trumpster got the idea in the first place. We don’t have a military parade every year, but we’ve been fighting a global war on terror for 17 straight years without let up. It’s time we honor those who have served, who were wounded, and those who died in that war, with a massive parade. It will also remind the world that we are still the most powerful nation in the world and will remind them not to mess with us, because we mean business. Get the message North Korea?!
It will also serve as a reminder to the American people that we have been in a war all this time and that war from our standpoint has had more success than failure. I think that a lot of civilians in this country don’t know anyone who has served in that war, do not pay attention and couldn’t care less. For those of you who have had relatives serving in the war, none of you who I have spoken to can name the place where they have served, you don’t know what their job specialty is, and you don’t know the name of the unit they are serving with.
For example, I can ask a veteran where he served. He will tell me, if he isn’t a valor thief, what unit he came from, his commander’s name, maybe the name of his Sergeant Major, First Sergeant or squad leader, they’ll tell you the name of the unit, to include battalion, company, platoon and squad, they’ll tell you what base they were operating out of which country and the time frame of their deployment. If they moved bases, they will tell you the approximate timeframe of the move. For example, we may have started out in Tallil, Iraq in March of 2004, but about three months later we moved to Al Taggadem, where we stayed for the rest of our tour.
Here is an example from my perspective. I was a transportation officer with HHC 1-34 BCT, that is, headquarters and headquarters company of the First Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division. We were stationed in Tallil Iraq, also known as LSA Adder. (LSA stands for Logistical Supply Area). My immediate supervisor was Major Brian Studer who was the Brigade S4 Logistics officer. I also worked with Major Phillip Moran, the Brigade Transportation officer. I was there from 2006-2007. We were deployed for 15 months in theater because we were extended for The Surge. We were supposed to be replaced by elements of 10th Mountain Division, but they were moved up north. We were eventually replaced by elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, etc., etc.
A valor thief will not be able to tell you that. A family member won’t either, but what is embarrassing is, they probably won’t be able to name the base, the unit, or their soldier’s primary job.
For example, I should be able to ask you where your son, daughter, cousin, nephew is and you should be able to tell me, “oh, he’s a Marine stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. I think he’s infantry.”
That should suffice, but all I ever get is, “Oh, I don’t know. I think he’s a Marine. He’s somewhere over there!”
How discouraging. You ask anyone else about what they know about the war and they are totally uninformed and uninterested.
Less than one percent of the nation ever serves in the military in any capacity. Less than that, about one percent of that number, have served in combat. That is an amazing number. And while the reception to returning troops from this war has been much better than the Vietnam Vets, it still could be better. I mean, if we really gave a crap about our vets, then the VA would not be broken and the suicide rate would not be so high.
So, I think a parade celebrating American might in the war on terror is appropriate, especially on a holiday. It will show pride in the participants and will be of interest to the public. As a one-off, it would be a good thing. I don’t think we should have it every year. Given the amazing progress we’ve made against ISIS in Iraq under President Trump, it is about time our troops took a victory lap. That is why I think the parade should go on, with respect to those who think it shouldn’t.
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