Four Star General Mocks Military Parades: ‘We Don’t Parade, We Train And We Fight’

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Four star General Jack Keane, discussing a possible military parade, said Americans don’t focus on flash and ceremony. They “train and fight,” he said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Happening Now.”

“If the president wants a military parade the Pentagon is going give it to him. But let me tell you a few things. We don’t parade. We train and we fight, all right,” Keane said.


Keane knocked European military units for relying on appearances and said the United States downplays their military’s appearance to be more in line with the American people.

“These European militaries and some of these other guys, they dress up in fancy outfits with fancy uniforms,” Keane said. “They have unbelievably fancy uniforms. Gold braid sabers all over the place. Shiny helmets. We’re a pragmatic military. We reflect the American people.”

He added:

We’re informal. Our uniforms are dull by comparison. And what we do is we train and we fight. We bear the burdens around the world. These other guys, they do a lot more parading than they do fighting. But if the president wants a parade from the United States military, he’ll get his parade.

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