During the 2016 campaign, President Trump ran on a number of issues, not the least of which was a statement and/or promise that the United States “cannot be the policeman of the world, we cannot protect countries all over the world”. However, it is quickly becoming clear- from last week’s attack on Syria, to the carrier fleet being moved towards the Korean peninsula, and now- today’s confirmation of a bombing in Afghanistan, that the U.S. is doubling down and ramping up its military and policing actions WORLDWIDE!
I, for one, could not be more disappointed.
I voted for Trump because he was an outsider, and also- most importantly- becuase I had grown weary of the Republican and Democrat Party’s ever increasing war mongering attitudes.
Well, I think that the Trump who was elected by those who envisioned a more removed, a neutral… Hell, even call some of us who voted for him “Isolationist”, I’ll wear that tag and be happy. This in comparison to the super sized escalations we facing now that were not even a realistic part of a so-called Trump doctrine a week or so ago.
I’m HAPPY to admit that the President’s antics were and still are entertaining, although he may be close to if not a full blown borderline personality. But, big talk is quite different than big actions…
Today, according to NBC, the “U.S. dropped a GBU-43 bomb on ISIS fighters and facilities in the country’s Nangarhar province, officials said. Military officials believe it is the first time the weapon was used on the battlefield”. This is thought to be the biggest non-nuclear weapon around, and is called MOAB (the Mother of all Bombs), for a pretty good reason. Who would’ve thunk it that we needed to SHOW this much force… I was banking on a financial and trade revival by the billionaire tycoon for the U.S. to re-establish itself on the world stage.
But, it seems that a replay of the last 75 or so years is more in order.
I wonder, how long will it before we just say “Fuck It’, and drop some nukes to REALLY prove a point…
Find the entire disgusting story which foreshadows World War III and our collective demise here, at NBC News:
“U.S. Drops One of Its Largest Non-Nuclear Bombs on ISIS Target in Afghanistan
by COURTNEY KUBE
U.S. forces dropped one of the biggest non-nuclear weapons in its arsenal in a large-scale strike against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to Pentagon officials.
The U.S. dropped a GBU-43 bomb on ISIS fighters and facilities in the country’s Nangarhar province, officials said. Military officials believe it is the first time the weapon was used on the battlefield.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the GBU 43 weapon was used Wednesday around 7 p.m. local time in Afghanistan. He called the weapon “large, powerful” and accurate. The strike targeted tunnels and caves used by ISIS.
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“The U.S. takes the fight against ISIS very seriously,” Spicer said, calling this military move a part of that effort.
Officials did not know how many ISIS fighters were killed or if any civilians died in the attack.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. John W. Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
Hans Kristensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, said the explosive power of even the smallest nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal, the B-61 bomb, is “an order of magnitude” larger than the GB-43, the largest non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has available.
The B-61 bomb, which is only deployed in Europe, is a tactical weapon that can be used to destroy city centers or large scale troop concentrations in a ground war.
The GBU-43 is also about half the size of the smallest nuclear weapon ever built, the Davy Crockett nuclear artillery shell, retired in the late 1960’s.
Kristensen said there is a debate inside the defense community now on whether to build miniature nuclear weapons.
“We have people arguing for new mini nukes,” he said. “Here you have a case where the U.S. felt all it needed was a conventional whopper.”
“The big unknown with this bomb is can you get the detonation point close enough to what is in the tunnel,” he said. “How deep does it go in? Does this just destroy the entrance?””