Our president, showing his backbone, let MOAB do the talking.
After years of a feeble Barack Obama leading from behind — allowing North Korea to spit in our face, Syria’s Bashar Assad to gas his own people and ISIS to commit genocide — we finally have a commander in chief who will stand up to killers.
On the campaign trail, Trump said he’d “bomb the (expletive)” out of ISIS once he took office. And boy did he ever — by way of a “Mother of all Bombs” dropped on ISIS tunnels in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. The GBU-43, with 11 tons of punch, is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. military’s arsenal.
Bravo to Gen. John Nicholson — commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan — for authorizing the unprecedented strike aimed at an underground ISIS facility used to train recruits. Like rooting rats out of a sewer, the MOAB targeted jihadi vermin who kill and maim anybody who prays to a different God.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), a 12-year Army veteran who lost limbs fighting the War on Terror in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2010, told me last night that when America clashes with ISIS and other terror groups, we must “fight to win.” Their “ideology will not stand,” he urged.
That’s the message sent yesterday.
President Trump was smart to use the MOAB instead of deploying combat soldiers to fight ISIS inside the tunnels. He spared America the agony of losing our finest.
Following the cruise missile strike in Syria, Trump continues to send a very clear message to ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, North Korea, Russia, Iran and Assad — he’s not a paper lion.
He understands that diplomacy without military force is vacuous. Animals like Assad, Kim Jong Un and the Islamic State only respect force.
After two major U.S. military strikes, our enemies around the globe have officially been put on notice. Their days of torturing and killing innocent civilians will not stand.
The MOAB was more than a blockbuster armament — it answered the call for those who voted for change in the White House. It’s a massive show of force and a warning to the world that there’s a new commander in chief in the Oval Office and he means business.
Adriana Cohen is host of “The Adriana Cohen Show,” heard Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.