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Friday, April 14, 2017

The best part of the MOAB launch

By now, every follower of the news in the world knows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world.

The United States just took out the Islamic State's base in Afghanistan with two of them.

But the real danger to Islamic terrorists is not that a MOAB will suck all the oxygen out of their lungs and crush them to death, but in how the Air Force delivered it.

The Air Force did not need the permission of President Trump to use the bomb. That is as important a change as the use of the bomb itself.

War matériel is only as good as the people who use it.

Trump's hands-off approach will give commanders the ability to be nimble in the field. We have a president again who wants to win.

The message should be clear. Gone is Barack Obama, who insisted on taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden. We no longer have a president who needs his ego stroked like he was the Kim Jong Un of the West.

Trump has given the military a job to do -- eliminate the Islamic State -- and he is staying out of the way.

Has no one watched "The Apprentice"?

From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an Islamic State stronghold didn't need President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials said Friday.
The officials said Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the bomb, which is officially called the Massive Ordnance Air Burst bomb, or MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. The bomb had been in Afghanistan since January.
The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.
The bomb's use has attracted enormous attention, but its aim in Thursday's attack was relatively mundane by military standards: destroy a tunnel and cave complex used by Islamic State fighters in a remote mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan.
Nicholson had a secondary goal in mind, however, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal matters. The official said Nicholson wanted to demonstrate to leaders of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan the seriousness of his determination to eliminate the group as a military threat.
This change does not mean the president should not keep an eye on the military. Trust, but verify.

But it does mean we now have a commander-in-chief who trusts the military.

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