Ex-SEAL Who Shot Bin-Laden Just Revealed What He Really Thinks Of Trump’s Military Parade

On Tuesday, reports claimed that President Donald Trump had asked the Pentagon for a military parade that would rival France’s Bastille Day celebration that he attended last year. According to the reports, Trump had instructed the Pentagon to begin drawing up plans for a parade. Consequently, Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday that the Pentagon is reviewing their options for hosting a possible military parade to send to the White House for a decision.

While the plans are being drawn up, the content of the march, the location, and the timing of the such an event have not been publicly announced.

The reports have caused criticism to pour in from all sides.

Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL operator that fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden has responded to President Trump’s idea about a military parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in a surprising way.

O’Neill tweeted that “a military parade is third world b——-. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.”

O’Neill was part of the military operation that resulted in Bin Laden’s death. The operation, which was ordered by President Barack Obama back in 2011, effectively crippled al Qaeda’s leadership structure. O’Neill has also been a repeat guest host on “Fox & Friends,” and he has dined with the President at the White House.

O’Neill, along with many veterans, former military leaders, and lawmakers share the same sentiment about the proposed parade. Some are skeptical about the most likely astronomical costs of such an event, while others are confused by Trump’s motives and argue that displays of military might are signs of authoritarian regimes.

One Navy veteran even replied that it seemed “North Korean.”

In later tweets, O’Neill acknowledged that the US has held military parades in the past. Additionally, in a reply to another Twitter user, he argued that Russia and France (two countries that continued to hold regular military parades) were third-world countries because, unlike the US, they do not possess the capability to take over the world.

Finally, in another tweet, O’Neill boasted about a military operation, equating it to a true military parade. “We had a parade once. It was 2003 and we called it a Thunder Run,” he tweeted, referring to the US military’s 2003 attack on Baghdad that quickly took the city.

While conservatives have defended the idea by suggesting that a military parade would reflect a great deal of affection for the troops, the U.S. has not had a major military parade in over two decades.

 

H/T: CNN

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