The Council Of The Former Enlisted Responds To Trump’s Military Parade

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Tom note: I asked the Council to put out a statement offering its collective thoughts on President Trump’s request for a military parade. It quickly became clear that the members of the Council had a variety of views, so instead I have compiled their individual views.

"If you really want to honor the American military, take care of it and its veterans. Don't march 'em down Constitution Ave." —former Army Sgt. Fletcher Schoen

“A parade like this only emphasizes the civ-mil divide. And after 16 years of war — and with no end to it in sight — we’re war weary. I’d rather see the president celebrate our military in a way that positively impacts our service members. A clear national security strategy would be a good start. As would respecting Gold Star families, and immigrant and transgender service members.” —former Marine Cpl.  Mackenzie Wolf

“Given his personal evasion of military service in wartime and deliberate withdraw of the United States from international commitments, that President Trump wants a military parade intended to rival our European ally uncomfortably echoes Soviet-style hypocrisy.” —Former Spc. John Ford, an Army veteran of Afghanistan

"The country is war-weary and the soldiers are tired, the last thing we need is a parade." —former Army National Guard Sgt. Tessa Poppe

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In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.

Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.

And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.

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(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton

At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.

Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.

They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.

What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.

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A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)

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