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When a toy soldier president wants a parade

7 6 30

Apparently, America's toy soldier president wants to showcase his nation's killer toys.

Miffed that France's president gets to play grand marshal on Bastille Day, Donald Trump has reportedly ordered his generals to plan a similar national ego-validating cavalcade so he can show the world who the real commander-in-chief is.

Of course, Trump's signature, chest-thumping bravado resembles a twirling weathervane. The rich boy who pretended to be a soldier at the New York Military Academy suddenly developed a nagging and incurable case of bone spurs while tens of thousands of other real, mostly poor, soldiers were sent to kill and be killed in yet another disastrous, imperialist war in Vietnam.

Predictably, scores of US journalists and politicians were quick to resurrect Trump's not-too-distant history of contrived cowardice to mock "Cadet Bone Spurs" and his "phallic demonstration of overcompensation".

What is equally predictable, however, has been the failure of these smug, self-congratulatory journalists and politicians to acknowledge their near universal, unbridled celebration of America's habitual and fatal discharge of the orgy of weapons Trump wants to parade through Washington, DC.

Their amnesia is as instructive as it is appalling. Here's CNN, the US cable news network that, these days, considers itself a noble part of the enlightened fourth estate's "resistance" to Trump, reverting to institutional form as a giddy, home-team play-by-play announcer during the opening moments of the "shock and awe" 2003 invasion of Iraq.........

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