Re “Trump should lead from the front if he wants a military parade” (California Forum, Feb. 7): Donald Trump’s turn to embrace the symbol of dictatorships, a display of military might with stiff-legged strutting soldiers, completes his journey to occupy the same stage as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Trump reverts to be a child playing with his toy soldiers surrounded by their armaments. Trump believes he needs to boast that his march exceeds them all. Men and women who risk their lives in the service of our nation are not movie extras in a reality show episode and their sacrifice is much more than a half-time celebration. Trump reveals again his dismal readiness to govern and his preference to be a drum major.