Unless you’re living on another planet, you’re seeing the backlash from Donald Trump’s demand for a “grand military parade,” in the tradition of tyrants and despots the world over.
The Navy Seal That Killed Bin Laden Has Some Strong Words For Trump
Clearly, most true Americans are appalled at the idea that our brave men and women in uniform be used as props for scandal-ridden Donald Trump – a man who had 5 rich kid deferments from the draft while the nation was mired in an unwinnable war in Vietnam.
Indeed, the internet almost immediately erupted in “Cadet Bone Spur” memes once word of the demand was publicized.
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And now, Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert J O’Neill has joined the fray. O’Neill is the highly decorated and brave Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden in a daring nighttime raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1st, 2011. O’Neill is credited for firing the fatal head shot that rid the world of the Bin Laden, the notorious and ruthless terrorist that masterminded the worst terrorist attack in history on American soil, known now simply and solemnly as 9/11.
On Thursday, O’Neill fired another shot heard round the world, and there can be no doubt where this one was aimed:
A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) February 8, 2018
Retired Major Gen. Paul Eaton, from the progressive veteran’s group Vote Vets (who by the way have been blocked by Trump on Twitter), on Wednesday was just as critical;
“The military is not Donald Trump’s to use and abuse in this way. Our military is the very best in the world — they are not to be reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump’s image. Any commander in chief who respects the traditions of the military would understand that. Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a wannabe banana republic strongman.”
As outrage continues to grow, Secretary of Defense Jim Matis indeed confirmed on Wednesday that plans for the parade are being developed. No word yet on how much this would cost American taxpayers.