MOAB: The Saber Rattling of Donald Trump

Donald Trump join the ranks of other American presidents of the past by dropping “The Mother of All Bombs” (a.k.a. MOAB) in Afghanistan.


MOAB: The Saber Rattling of Donald Trump

Saber rattlingDonald Trump joined the ranks of other American presidents of the past by dropping “The Mother of All Bombs” (a.k.a. MOAB) in Afghanistan.  He joined the ranks of other American presidents in engaging in the type of saber rattling that actually accomplishes very little, except to pander to a few ignorant people who cling to the “gunslinger mentality” that actually accomplishes very little except to alienate and frighten a few people.  It never accomplishes anything solid or tangible.

MOAB was dropped in Afghanistan because intelligence said that there were quite a number of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Taliban fighters in that area where “The Mother of All Bombs” was dropped.  US officials claimed they were trying to build some type of complex, hidden deep in the mountains.  At first, US officials claimed that over 160 “terrorists” were killed, but the Afghan government confirmed that only about 16 casualties actually occurred.  It makes me wonder whether this discrepancy in the numbers of casualties was intentional or just a bad guess on the part of the US?  Knowing Uncle Sam, I would be willing to bet that the former option was most likely.

At first, US officials claimed that over 160 “terrorists” were killed, but the Afghan government confirmed that only about 16 casualties actually occurred.  It makes me wonder whether this discrepancy in the numbers of casualties was intentional or just a bad guess on the part of the US?  Knowing Uncle Sam, I would be willing to bet that the former option was most likely.

What people like Donald Trump don’t seem to realize is that this type of saber rattling is actually dangerous.  It not only alienates and scares people but makes them angry and resentful of the United States, mostly because we are rubbing their noses in the fact that we had such a huge amount of control in their lives and destinies.  No one really likes to be reminded of the fact that they have no control.  Making people feel powerless is hardly the way to win their trust or friendship.

This type of saber rattling gesture by an American president goes way back to the days of Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet.  All that accomplished was to make people resentful of US power, not to mention wasting enough coal that could have been used to create enough electricity to power New York City for five years.  What a waste of resources!

The dropping of MOAB isn’t really any different.  It accomplishes pretty much the same thing as The Great White Fleet.  It wastes resources and causes people to be afraid of us.  Do people really want to be friends with someone who makes them afraid?  I really doubt it!

 

The US Role in Creating Terrorism around the World

 

“Source: From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism – Truthdig

The US Role in Creating Terrorism around the World.

 

The United States needs to start accepting our role in the creation of terrorism around the world. Even though many Americans would like to forget about it, we are the ones who created Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda by giving these people weapons to fight off the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Our entire involvement in Afghanistan in the 80s was nothing more than just another case of the United States fighting another “proxy war” with the Soviet Union. We did the same thing in both Korea and Vietnam, even though we like to also like to forget that, primarily because both were debacles, especially Vietnam, that ended very badly for us.

We would also like to forget that the Iraqi war was totally unjustified because the dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was in no way involved on the attack on the WTC on September 11, 2001, even though American “intelligence” says he was. Pres. George W. Bush and VP Dick Cheney, were able to sell their case for going to war in Iraq by “cherry picking” intelligence data to make it appear that Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the act of terrorism on 9/11. In reality, Al Qaeda was not allowed to operate in any way inside Iraq simply because Saddam Hussein wouldn’t allow them inside his country. Don’t get me wrong, because I’m certainly not defending a horrible despot like Saddam Hussein because he was surely a horrible person. Despite this, whether we like to admit it or not, Saddam Hussein played a valuable part in controlling terrorism by ruling Iraq with an iron fist. During his time, there was no “power vacuum” existing in that part of the world where groups involved in acts of terrorism could operate freely.

However, when we took over Iraq and eliminated Saddam Hussein from power, we created such a large “power vacuum” that it easily allowed a terrorist group, ISIS, to fill the void left by the death of Saddam Hussein. Going back even further, we cannot forget that Saddam Hussein came into power after a US sponsored coup d’état allowed him to take power.

When is this country ever going to learn to mind our own damn business, stay-at-home and take care of business here in the United States, and stop trying to manipulate affairs and other countries? It sure would be nice if it would happen quite soon, or we run the risk of another act of terrorism be committed on US soil, such as the attack on the World Trade Center.

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