A surprise bombing using the mother of conventional bombs in Afghanistan on ISIS was followed today by an exclusive report from NBC News. They report that if North Korea goes for the nuclear trigger, there might be a first strike by the U.S. using conventional weapons.
There are messages being sent. Whether these events and the bombing in Syria are discrete events or not, the message is that the feckless, weak policies of the past are gone and our enemies better pay attention.
The mother of all non-nuclear bombs
The GBU-43 bomb, known as the “mother of all bombs,” has never been used in combat before today, according to Adam Stump, the Pentagon spokesman. It is an 11-ton monster, formerly called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb.
The magnitude of this weapons is about the equivalent of a small nuclear bomb.
It was meant for Saddam Hussein originally, but was used today on bunkers and personnel.
“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a daily briefing on Thursday that ISIS fighters use the caves to “move around freely.” He explained that in order to defeat the terrorist group, the U.S. must deny it operational space.
It was described as a “very, very successful mission”.
“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,” Trump said after meeting with first responders at the White House on Thursday.
The Pentagon said they did their what they could to avoid civilian casualties.
The President also had very tough words for North Korea at the pool spray today. He said “North Korea is a problem. North Korea will be taken care of”. He complimented China’s President Xi for “trying very hard”.
According to an exclusive by NBC News, intel officials are reporting that the U.S. may launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons if North Korea reaches for the nuclear trigger.
The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site, NBC reported.
According to the newspaper, American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.
The danger of such an attack is mostly to South Korea should Kim Jong Un decide to get even by attacking its neighbor.