In an attempt to destroy a system of caves and tunnels in the Nangarhar Province used by the Islamic State in Afghanistan, the U.S. military dropped the largest bomb it has in its arsenal. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is so large that it has to be dropped from the back of a cargo plane. Its explosive power is second only to a nuclear device. The military has not said whether any civilians were killed during the raid, but it has said that it was successful in destroying the tunnel system.

Within a week of launching 59 Tomahawk missiles in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the Shayrat Airport in Syria, Trump has launched another massive attack in Afghanistan. The back to back display of force is frightening and costly. Donald Trump does not have the knowledge nor the ability to acquire the knowledge to make the kind of decisions that need to be made when it comes to military force. It is his job to counter the military with additional insight. He is the commander in chief and not the other way around.

I suspect that not too many thinking Americans are feeling very safe right now.

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