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!