Another successful bombing of the enemies of the state occurred on Thursday, after President Donald Trump ordered the release of a MOAB (“mother of all bombs” – formerly known as the massive ordinance air blast bomb) onto Afghanistan, targeting a network of tunnels housing the Islamic State.
This 21,600 pound bomb was the biggest non-nuclear bomb that has ever been used by the United States in combat. Such a big bomb was deemed necessary because ISIS has thick defenses, with a lot of their major bases being in thick shielded bunkers and underground tunnels.
This attack is being considered widely a success, with minimal civilian casualties. This bomb served a double purpose in taking out an important enemy and warning a second one, North Korea, of the United States’ strength.
President Donald Trump did not say whether he authorized the bombing, but said he has authorized the military, implying that senior military leaders had the authority to use the bomb:
“Everybody knows exactly what happened. What I do is I authorize my military. We havethe greatest military in the world and they’ve done a job as usual. We have given them total authorization and that’s what they’re doing and frankly that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.”
“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the past eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference, tremendous difference. So we have incredible leaders in the military, and we have incredible military. We are very proud of them. This was another very, very successful mission.
As for whether the dropping of the MOAB was meant to send a message to North Korea, Trump replied:
“I don’t know if this sends a message, it doesn’t make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of.”