"I'm really very good at war. I love war, in a certain way," bragged candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Iowa, according to Medea Benjamin in an article in the Guardian. His administration so far has sent 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, stepped up drone strikes in Yemen, threatened North Korea and, on April 13, dropped an enormous 21,600-pound non-nuclear bomb on a valley in Afghanistan, the location, apparently, of caves filled with ISIS fighters.
The bomb, one of only 15 ever built, was developed after the U.S. military found itself without the ordnance needed to deal with al Qaeda tunnel systems in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in 2001, according to Reuter's.
This Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, as it is also known, had never been used in combat until a U.S. MC-130 aircraft dropped this one on the Achin district of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan, by the U.S. Air Force. The MOAB has the force of 11 tons of TNT. For comparison, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 had the force of 15 thousand tons of TNT.
"Mother of All Bombs" is the almost affectionate-sounding nickname for the bomb. As Benjamin writes, it reeks of misogyny, as no mother loves bombs. According to my grandson, mothers are for nurturing us, cherishing us and loving us. All of us.
On Wednesday morning, an unarmed Minute Man Missile blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as a test, and traveled 4,000 miles to the Marshall Islands, according to Fox News. The U.S. Air Force has 450 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground silos across three bases in Wyoming, Colorado (we have 49 of them), North Dakota and Montana.
The U.S. military also maintains a fleet of long-range B-2 and B-52 bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons as well as a fleet of ballistic missile submarines. Air Force fighter jets can carry smaller tactical nuclear weapons as well.
Air Force spokesmen said that the test was previously planned and had nothing to do with threatening North Korea. Yeah, sure.
At the end of her piece, Benjamin wrote that perhaps it is time for a new resistance movement called MOAB: the Mothers of All Babies, where women come together to stop this misogynist, war-loving president from blowing up all our babies by starting World War III. I agree.
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