When the United States Military dropped the massive GBU-43B MOAB on a remote part of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the American public’s response was split. Many celebrated the bombing. Others saw the use of the Mother of All Bombs as overkill. Those with experience fighting in Afghanistan see it as symbolic of a larger shift in how the US military operates under Donald Trump.
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Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer spoke to Fox & Friends Saturday, and praised the was the decision was reached. Meyer, a Marine Corps. vet, said the use of the MOAB is evidence that the administration in Washington is letting the military “do its job.”
Fox News is reporting that “Gen. John Nicholson made the decision [to drop the MOAB] on his own. President Trump’s approval apparently was not needed.” It is precisely this trust shown by the Trump administration and senior officials at The Pentagon that many see as a sign of a much more robust military strategy.
“We’re a team,” Meyer said of the new unified vision and strategy. “The US Military is America’s team.”
“Now we have a Commander-in-Chief that says run your military like you need to and do whatever it takes to get rid of the enemy.”
Early reports put the number of casualties from the bomb’s blast in the 30s. Now those estimates are closer to 100.
Some of the critics of the bombing argue that such a large explosion presents an increase for collateral damage. The insurgents in the area are known to work in close proximity to civilian populations. Yet there are no reports of civilian casualties in this instance.
The area where the bomb was dropped is a mountainous area laced with tunnels and caves. The Afghan troops that had been fighting for control were at a distinct disadvantage due to the entrenched nature of the insurgents.
“It was a strong position and four times we had operations (attacking the site) and it was not possible to advance,” Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said.
“This is the right weapon for the right target,” U.S. Gen. John W. Nicholson, NATO commander in Afghanistan, said at a news conference.
From the perspective of Dakota Meyer and many others, the use of the MOAB symbolizes a new willingness to support the decisions of those who know best: the troops on the ground.