TAKE OUR POLL: President Trump wants a military parade. Should we?


President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to explore organizing a major military parade in Washington, D.C.

During his visit to France in July, the president was impressed by the Bastille Day parade of military tanks, armored vehicles, gun trucks and uniformed soldiers marching down the Avenue des Champes-Elysees as fighter jets flew over the Arc de Triophe.

Trump later said the spectacle was “one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” adding that it was a “tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France.”

But the United States traditionally has not embraced such displays of military might in the way that authoritarian countries have, and leaders of both parties have warned of drawbacks, including Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who called it a waste of money, and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said it risks being “kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness” if it’s just about showing off military hardware.

The White House, however, is pushing ahead with the plan, with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saying Wednesday that the plan reflect Trump’s respect for the armed forces.

Do you think a military parade in Washington is a good idea?
Yes, America should display to the world its military strength and patriotism.
Yes, as long as the parade focuses on veterans and service members, not military hardware.
No, it is a waste of money.
No, military parades are too symbolic of authoritarianism.
Check back Monday for final results.
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