When asked for his take on dropping the “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan today, Trump gave just the kind of minimizing answer that Americans have come to expect:
He was “very proud” of it.
Per The Independent:
US Command in the country used a cargo plane to drop the the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the American military in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border – a remote area where members of an Isis affiliate were operating.
Trump also implied that the military acted on its own accord, having gotten the authorization to execute their missions as they see fit.
“Everybody knows exactly what happened and what I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done their job as usual. So, we have given them total authorization.”
The actual order was given by US Central Command General Joseph Votel, with no indication that Trump, the Commander-in-Chief, did or did not sign off on the strike.
In typical Trump fashion, he likened his hawkishness to that of the Obama administration, noting the “tremendous difference” between “the last eight weeks and compare that to really what’s happened over the last eight years.”
There is a tremendous difference; the Obama administration exercised restraint in diplomatic affairs, opting to de-escalate conflict, as opposed to Trump, who has dropped $76 million worth of bombs in two different countries in less than 100 days in office.
It is no surprise that Trump is “very proud” that the mightiest military in the world could drop a bomb on a field in Afghanistan, but taking pride in what should be last-resort tactics is not the mark of a strong leader. Americans, still suffering the economic consequences of our last misguided war in the Middle East, should not have to pay the high cost of feeding Trump’s insatiable ego.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.