Letters to the Editor (Published February 20, 2018)
The Post & Courier
We can assume that somewhere in the Pentagon some field grade officers are hard at work on “the parade” President Trump said he wanted.
This is not a good idea for the United States. We do not need a parade to entertain or convince our citizens, or the world, we are the most powerful nation on earth.
Consider also, for example, how unlikely we would compare to India’s celebration of Republic Day on January 26. According to one account, Prime Minister Modi and his 10 chief guests, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations, watched an hourlong parade of a “mishmash of tanks, marching sailors in spats, kilted bagpipers, female motorcycle daredevils, camels, ballistic missiles, dancing school children, and a tableaux representing such abstract concepts as ethical taxpaying.”
/s/ Francis X Archibald