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Trump Removes the Handcuffs

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:14 AM
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Trump Removes the Handcuffs

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As the number of Islamic State militants killed by the Massive Ordnance Air Blast or MOAB nears 100, the U.S. as well as the rest of the world is assessing the larger and continued impact of the bomb. The strategic rationale for the using our biggest non-nuclear bomb was sound, as the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan has become a recent hot zone for the U.S. military's engagement with an off-shoot of Islamic State militants. In this instance, the MOAB eviscerated an elaborate network of jihadi tunnels. Gen. John W. Nicholson stated that MOAB "is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS."

In the larger context, MOAB signals a significant change from the last eight years. Barack Obama was no fan of the U.S. military, and while he begrudgingly understood its necessity he did much to limit its ability to engage in effective warfare. Donald Trump's attitude is markedly different, demonstrated both by his campaign rhetoric in calling for the defeat of America's enemies and his willingness to back-up his rhetoric by giving military commanders the green light to use necessary force. Significantly, when Trump was asked whether he authorized the bomb itself, the president answered, "What I do is I authorize the military. We have the greatest military in the world, and they've done a [good] job as usual. So, we have given them total authorization."

A few of observations can be noted here. First, Trump has taken the handcuffs off U.S. military leadership, trusting in their expertise to wage effective warfare. Second, Trump believes in winning wars. Wars are won when one side defeats the other, and too often politicians prove to get in the way and end up prolonging war, leading ultimately to more suffering and lost lives. As David French of National Review states, "Excessive American caution has cost American lives and American limbs." Third, this bomb, coupled with the U.S. bombing of the Syrian air base responsible for launching the chemical attack, sends a clear message to both North Korea and Iran that Trump will use any means necessary, including force, to counter their aggression.


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ILive4This
by Robin on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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I think the very last thing I would ever read in this whole entire world, is Patriot Post. What a backwards view of....everything.


Billiejeens
by The Librarian on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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Why would you not just wonder if your views are not backwords?

The Patriot Post easily represents the views of the majority of Americans.

Quoting ILive4This:

I think the very last thing I would ever read in this whole entire world, is Patriot Post. What a backwards view of....everything.



LGAll65215
by on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:47 AM
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That's ridiculous.
😂


Quoting Billiejeens:

Why would you not just wonder if your views are not backwords?

The Patriot Post easily represents the views of the majority of Americans.

Quoting ILive4This:

I think the very last thing I would ever read in this whole entire world, is Patriot Post. What a backwards view of....everything.

PamR
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM
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Patriot Post is a bunch of low IQ idiots and the OP's favorite source of "news."



numbr1wmn
by Lina on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM
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Why is it backwards? Our military is trained and professional.  They are the ones who KNOWS what happens. Trump at least knows he is not on the front lines unlike our previous president who thinks he knew

Quoting ILive4This:

I think the very last thing I would ever read in this whole entire world, is Patriot Post. What a backwards view of....everything.



numbr1wmn
by Lina on Apr. 20, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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LMFAO they take after CNN, MSNBC and Mother Jones

Quoting PamR:

Patriot Post is a bunch of low IQ idiots and the OP's favorite source of "news."




PamR
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2017 at 9:04 AM
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Quoting numbr1wmn:

LMFAO they take after CNN, MSNBC and Mother Jones

Quoting PamR:

Patriot Post is a bunch of low IQ idiots and the OP's favorite source of "news."




LMFAO - "Patriot" post is a blog.  It's opinion, not news. Do you understand the difference?

I actually prefer PBS and BBC for news. 

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Apr. 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM

YEs I do. 

Quoting PamR:


Quoting numbr1wmn:

LMFAO they take after CNN, MSNBC and Mother Jones

Quoting PamR:

Patriot Post is a bunch of low IQ idiots and the OP's favorite source of "news."




LMFAO - "Patriot" post is a blog.  It's opinion, not news. Do you understand the difference?

I actually prefer PBS and BBC for news. 


ILive4This
by Robin on Apr. 20, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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Because I live in reality, I know my views aren't backwards. And please show the proof that PP respresents the view of the majority of Americans. I'll wait.

Quoting Billiejeens:

Why would you not just wonder if your views are not backwords?

The Patriot Post easily represents the views of the majority of Americans.

Quoting ILive4This:

I think the very last thing I would ever read in this whole entire world, is Patriot Post. What a backwards view of....everything.




Sisteract
by Whoopie on Apr. 20, 2017 at 9:15 AM
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The caricature of Trump is spot on accurate!

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