Trump gives military ‘total authorization’

At a presidential nomination campaign rally in Iowa in 2015 Donald Trump said: I would bomb the s— out of’ ISIS

“ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because they have certain oil camps, certain areas of oil that they took away”.

“They have some in Syria, some in Iraq. I would bomb the s— out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right. I’d blow up the pipes. … I’d blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left. And you know what, you’ll get Exxon to come in there and in two months, you ever see these guys, how good they are, the great oil companies? They will rebuild that sucker, brand new, it will be beautiful.”

But Trump also said:

“I would love not to be over there. That’s not our fight, that’s other people’s fights.”

Now Trump is escalating US involvement in the fight.

Military Times: Trump: I’m giving the military ‘total authorization’

President Trump on Thursday called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to let defense leaders act decisively without interference from politicians.

“What I do is I authorize my military,” in response to a press question about the use of a massive bomb in an assault on Islamic State group positions in Afghanistan. “We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done the job, as usual. We have given them total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing.

“Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately. If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there is a tremendous difference.”

The escalation so far:

The Afghanistan airstrike — the first battlefield use of the military’s Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon — on Thursday was the latest in a series of large scale, sometimes controversial military actions by the Defense Department in Trump’s first three months in office.

Earlier this month, the military fired nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to chemical weapons use by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. In January, U.S. special operations forces conducted a raid against an al-Qaida compound in Yemen that resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL and several civilians.

White House officials said Trump was heavily involved in authorizing the Yemen raid and Syria strike, but Trump appeared to indicate he was not the final authority on the use of the MOAB against terrorist positions this week.

Some will like this, especially the industrial military complex who get to test out some of their newer weapons in action and will get more business out of the Trump government – the military is one part of Government that Trump wants to grow, substantially.

But if the US bombs the shit out of Afghanistan, and Syria, and Korea, what will they gain?

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17 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 16, 2017

    “What I do is I authorize my military,” in response to a press question about the use of a massive bomb in an assault on Islamic State group positions in Afghanistan. “We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done the job, as usual. We have given them total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing.

    Yes I watched the video clip of that on Aljaz tv. This does bring to mind some of the commentaries about him that I’ve read where it was suggested that he soon gets bored with details, loses interest, & goes looking for the next thing that might keep his profile high. So, there is a bit of a risk I guess that the military booyah boys might get carried away & stuff things up on the “we are the world boss” front.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 16, 2017

      It sounded as if his main reason for bombing ISIS was to steal their oil. And it would be stealing it. That oil belongs to the country it’s in.

  2. David

     /  April 16, 2017

    Delegating to General Mattis seems like an excellent idea, smart guy and operationally the President really shouldnt get too involved. Strategically its a smart thing to say because it leaves your enemies thinking what on earth is coming next.

    • Gezza

       /  April 16, 2017

      Apparently there’s about 1300 conventional short-range missiles & god know how many various pieces large calibre artillery aimed directly at Seoul. And they currently have no president. And Kim Jong-Un is a megalomaniacal paranoid pyschopath.

      • David

         /  April 16, 2017

        The estimate is around 20,000 artillery pieces, they are NK’s primary weapon of blackmail.

      • Blazer

         /  April 16, 2017

        ‘And Kim Jong-Un is a megalomaniacal paranoid pyschopath.’….is he a glass half full or a glass half empty….kind of guy?

        • Corky

           /  April 16, 2017

          Good question. Surgical strike. Catch him as he exits the country and torture him to find out. I bet millions of NKns would be glad to see the back of him. Its the others who are so brainwashed that would be the problem.

          Talking of testing new weapons, wouldn’t you like to see the rail gun in action, Blazer?

          • Blazer

             /  April 16, 2017

            you are forgetting just one thing in your cunning plan Corky….Kim has 738 body doubles.

            • Corky

               /  April 16, 2017

              OK, thats’s a problem. Solution? Catch anyone with a crew cut exiting the country. They can be used at a later date by giving them to villages around the country for execution. Most wouldn’t know the Dear Leader close up. They would feel mighty happy hanging the dear one high for the years of starvation they have endured.

              The Dear One will make a run for it. He would have learnt from Saddam.
              He will know you can’t hide from Uncle Sam. Its either China or death.

        • Gezza

           /  April 16, 2017

          Looking at him & how he lives & behaves I’d say he’s glass full & plate full & he totally controls what’s in everybody else’s glasses & plates sorta guy.

          • Blazer

             /  April 16, 2017

            well you must have studied him closely….did not know he was paranoid or a psychopath,but those seem to be common afflictions in the non compliant.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2017

              Oh yes. I keep up with his doings & am a great pop psychiatrist in my spare time. His people will be totally lost without him. So they need to think about governance arragements in advance of getting rid of him.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 16, 2017

        Your description of Kim sounds like Trump.

        I wonder what would happen if either of them did something appalling, like being caught having sex with a child-the sort of thing that nobody could explain away.Or indulging in that thing where they dress up in a bra, frilly knickers, stockings and suspenders…

        • Blazer

           /  April 16, 2017

          thats the domain of the British aristocracy…Kitty.

    • Zedd

       /  April 16, 2017

      @David

      Mr T has just surrounded himself with ‘Yes-men’ inc. General ‘MAD-DOG’ Mattis.. who are likely now just looking for excuses/reasons to ‘hit the big red button’ against anyone who they claim has ‘WMDs’ (or weapons of mass DECEPTION.. Bush-Blair-esq) :/ 😦

      Pls.. dont believe everything you see on CNN or Fox !

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 16, 2017

        It doesn’t seem to have occurred to DT that his sons could well be called up and blown to pieces.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 16, 2017

          He’s like a giant, nightmarish version of a child who can’t bear it that another child has a toy the same as his, so has to smash it.

          If there was to be a call-up, Daddy is an expert on how to get out of this, he’s done it how many times ??? Seven ?