In breaking news, the White House announces that the United States dropped the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) on Afghanistan last night. Apparently, this bomb is the biggest one in our arsenal, short of a nuclear weapon.
I must confess that I was unaware of the existence of such a weapon. But according to the BBC, this weapon which is a 21,600 lb bomb, was first tested in 2003. That means that both Presidents Bush and Obama knew of its capabilities, and refused to use it. But it should not come as a surprise that the man who asked why couldn’t we use nuclear weapons if we had them, would be the first to deploy one.
The explanation given by the White House was this bombing was intended to show that “The United States takes the threat about ISIS seriously” and that the bomb was intended to take out a series of underground tunnels that were being used by ISIS fighters.
Why there? Why now?
Again, the BBC reports that there are currently 1,000 to 5,000 known ISIS fighters in Afghanistan. This certainly appears to be “overkill” by the United States, except for one thing. North Korea reportedly has a nuclear device in a tunnel near its capitol city.
Tunnels – massive bomb – coincidence?
Afghanistan would be the logical place to announce the use of such deadly force. Russia certainly never wants to get involved in that region again after its disastrous incursion in the 1980s. China has shown no particular interest in the region either.
If Trump is trying to show North Korea and its mentally unstable leader that we have the capability to destroy their nuclear facilities, this is not the way to go about it. If anything, this could prove to be the “US aggression” excuse that Kim Jung Un has been looking for.
There is certainly no logical or military reason to justify the use of such a massive weapon against, at most, 5,000 enemy combatants unless it were to send a message that Trump is one bad hombre. He has now gone far beyond the actions of his two predecessors, a Republican and a Democrat, by dropping this bomb.
But Trump has his toys and it is clear he intends to play with them. He does not have a reputation of playing well with others however. In the meantime, the rest of the world is terrified that he intends to play a game of “chicken” with North Korea.
It’s been very nice knowing all of you.