Trump’s military parade did not sit well with many including ex-Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill. Neill is the Navy SEAL that killed Osama bin Laden.
On May 2, 2011, SEAL Team 6 took out America’s most wanted and dangerous terrorist. Osama bin Laden was killed during Operation Neptune’s Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
O’Neill voiced his displeasure and anger about Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ parade on Twitter on Thursday.
“A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” the famous veteran tweeted.
When a user pointed out that France and Russia conduct military parades, O’Neill replied: “Yes. Third World. If Russia or France were powerful enough to take over the world, they would. We are yet we don’t. That’s called First World.”
O’Neill, who is a Fox News contributor, is right in the sense that usually poor, authoritarian countries hold big military parades. These countries hold them to make their countries look tough as well as to feed the ego of their dictator. For example, North Korea held a big military parade just hours before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The parade featured weapons and thousands of troops.
Many objected to Trump’s parade plans as soon as it was made public that he was demanding a military-style parade.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official speaking on condition of anonymity told the media. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Supporters of Trump within the White House, of course, supported his idea. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the idea by stating that Trump only wanted to show support for “America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe.”
“He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” Sanders added.
Defense Secretary James Mattis defended Trump on Wednesday by saying it would be done as a show of “affection and respect.”
“We’ve been putting together some options. We’ll send them up to the White House for decision,” Mattis told the media.
O’Neill is not alone in his criticism. Sen. Lindsey Graham a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Trump’s military parade plan “cheesy and weak.”
“America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off. I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” Sen. John Kennedy said.
O’Neill had been a Trump supporter since the 2016 campaign. The two dined at the White House last fall and did a photo-op.
O’Neill is the author of “The Operator: Firing the shots that killed bin Laden.” He conducted more than 400 combat missions over the course of his career.