Trump Gives Military “Total Authorization”
President Trump did not authorize the 21,000-ilb bomb in Afghanistan last week, but it may still help him, politically. The U.S. military announced the attack on the Islamic State tunnel.
“It doesn’t make any different if it does or does not [send a message to North Korea],” said the President. “North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of…”
In regards to the GBU-43 (massive ordnance air blast) in Afghanistan, Trump didn’t specifically call for the attack, but he did “give them total authorization,” which the President believes makes the military “so successful today.”
Creating A Wide Military Latitude
USA Today reports:
“Government officials said that while Trump has been briefed on the potential use of the MOAB, it does not appear Trump got a special briefing on Thursday’s use. There was no need for one, a White House official said, because Trump had given authority to the military when it came to attacking ISIS, and the president was aware that this weapon was an option. “He had already in effect greenlighted it,” the official said who was not authorized to speak on the record.”
“Military officials said the president has given the military wide latitude to fight the war on terrorism as they see fit. Commanders in Afghanistan already had approval to use the bomb from Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, who had changed the rules for bombing in Iraq and Syria last year, said a defense official who was not authorized to speak on the record. He said Thursday was chosen because of the target.”
Sending A Message To North Korea
When President Trump attacked Syria last week, many of his allies applauded the attack, which even included former campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton (she revealed this before the attack actually happened, of course).
The director of defense studies at the Center for the National interest, Harry Kazianis, made note of how Trump likes to surround himself with military figures. “I think Trump is the kind of person who likes to put out visuals,” said Kazianis.
This doesn’t mean he will necessary attack North Korea, despite Kim’s many threats and tests. Kazianis added, “I think he’s trying to signal to the North Koreans that he means business, but I don’t think it means anything more than that.”