I write in Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, Vol. II, “In 2009, upon his release from Camp Bucca, Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the future sultan of ISIS, said to his American captors, ‘I’ll see you guys in New York City.’”
In a week when most Americans were primarily focused on North Korea and the three-front war in Syria against ISIS and Assad’s Russian-and Iranian backed forces, the US unleashed its military’s most power non-nuclear bomb, the Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb or MOAB, and hit a remote Islamic State underground network of tunnels and caves in a very mountainous region of Northern Afghanistan. The 21,000-pound weapon was pushed out the back of a giant C-130 transport plane and detonated in the air over the target. It created an explosion more than a mile wide and a mushroom cloud that could be seen twenty miles away.
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What is so very new with Trump Administration is that it is pursuing evil wherever it exists because Trump and his generals know that if those forces of evil become powerful and emboldened enough, they most definitely will attack the US. He is also making good on his campaign pledge to destroy ISIS wherever it hides, in this case, in tunnels dug into the mountainous areas of Afghanistan. But the US military is also conducting or contributing to combat operations against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, and Somalia.
What is also brand new under Trump is that his field commanders are given almost complete authority to decide the best means to take the fight to the enemy. General Nicholson, the field commander conducting the war in Afghanistan, released a statement saying that he—not the White House—decided to drop the MOAB, also known as the mother of all bombs. “I am fortunate that my chain of command allows me the latitude to make assessments on the ground,” he said.
A senior defense official. familiar with the matter, stated (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis, “is telling them it’s not the same as it was (under Obama); you don’t have to ask us before you drop a MOAB.”
In response to the attacks on the Syrian chemical weapons depot and now the destruction of an ISIS lair in Afghanistan, President Trump emphasized the fact that he has given a free reign to the Pentagon by saying, “I authorize my military. We have given them total authorization.”
Assad’s regime and ISIS are two of the components of what I refer to in my book as the “New Axis of Evil.” Currently President Trump’s approval rating has jumped from the low 30’s to the high 40’s. I don’t know about you, but I suspect most Americans feel safer when murderous fanatics can’t hide in their rat holes, even in the most remote areas of the planet.