Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wars & Rumors of War

U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb on rural Afghan Islamic State compound - UPI reports: "The U.S. Air Force dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb for the first time in combat on Thursday, targeting an underground Islamic State complex in a desolate portion of eastern Afghanistan, military officials said. The 21,000-pound bomb is known as the Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB. In military circles, the acronym is known better as the 'Mother of All Bombs.'

North Korea activity at nuclear site in progress, report says -
UPI reports: "North Korea may be preparing for its next nuclear test at its site in Punggye-ri.[...] The activity could mean North Korea plans to conduct its sixth nuclear test in the near future. Such action, however, could mean more pressure from the United States and China, and even the possibility of a military response at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump has stated 'all options' are on the table in response to North Korea provocations."

Comment: Well, not to nitpick, but they misspelled ordnance.  It's a common mistake. Anyway, I'm combining these two reports because I suspect they may be linked. If there happened to be someone setting global strategy for U.S. foreign and security policy, we might conclude that the use of the MOAB bomb in Afghanistan days before the anniversary in North Korea (which historically provides the occasion for missile tests) was intended to send a clear message to young Un that another nuclear missile test will not be tolerated.

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