WHY ARE WE SURPRISED?

Trump Plans to Hold Military Parades

President-elect Donald Trump said he will hold military parades while in office to be a “great cheerleader for the country.” In an interview with The Washington Post out Wednesday, in which Trump spoke at length about conveying the image of America as a great power, he said he considers it part of his job to show off the military’s prowess. He vowed to “show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military.” “That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military,” he said, apparently unaware of the association military parades have with authoritarian regimes. Like most of his other statements, the grandiose plan lacked specifics. It was unclear if the planned military parades would be conducted in tandem with Moscow, where tanks and fighter jets descend on the city each May 9 for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s show of military might.