Mike Pence proved on Friday that he can suck up to Donald Trump from anywhere in the world and at any cost to logic. Speaking to reporters in South Korea, where he was attending the Olympics opening ceremonies, Pence simultaneously praised Trump’s desire for a big military parade and attacked a North Korean military parade:
"I think any opportunity we have to celebrate the men and women of the armed forces of the United States is a great day," Pence said, supporting Trump's request to plan a military parade. "I heartily support the president's call to celebrate our military."
But Pence continued, calling the North Korean parade "an ongoing provocation."
"Make no mistake about it, what we witnessed in Pyongyang, and we witnessed again yesterday, on the eve of the Olympics -- what [South Korean] President Moon [Jae-in] said last night, he hopes will be an Olympics of peace -- was once again an effort on the part of the regime in Pyongyang to display their ballistic missiles, to display a military that continues to make menacing threats across the region and across the wider world.
Provocation, he said?
Right, Donald Trump would never ever use military displays as a provocation.
Oh. Well. But Trump’s parade will totally be an honor for the troops nonetheless, right? An honor that signs point to them opposing, but darn it, they’ll be honored if Donald Trump says they’ll be honored … by the privilege of parading around for his ego boost.