Former Economy Minister Alain Hakim on Friday deplored the rampant squandering and corruption that are plaguing Lebanon, drawing a comparison with the United States.
Hakim hailed the United States’ decision to put off a military parade given its unreasonable and exorbitant cost, thus outlining the difference with Lebanon.
“With all its economic might, the United States postponed a military parade due to a wide objection over its $92 million cost. On the other hand, Lebanon, where the economic situation is difficult and the state institutions are plagued by corruption, millions and even billions are being squandered on shady and questionable projects,” Hakim wrote on Twitter.
A Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told CNBC on Thursday that the Department of Defense and White House have scheduled a military parade on November 10, 2018 to honor the country’s veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I but noting that there’s an opportunity of selecting 2019 as a more suitable date given that it is labeled as costly.
The U.S. President pointed out that he was inspired by his 2017 attendance of the Bastille Day Parade in France while meeting the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and wanted to match the celebration in the states as reported by CNN.
"It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue," Trump said following his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron recalling his enjoyment while watching the parade.
Figures estimated its cost for $92 million consisting of $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump’s desire to top France’s day and organize a parade received critique as the money would be put in better use.
American Legion national commander Denise Rohan said in a statement that despite the President’s want of a dramatic fashion to support the troops, the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving troops and their families the best care possible.