“The Mother of all Bombs”

So it’s been reported today that the U.S military dropped the “mother of all bombs” on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan.   Reportedly the bomb, known as a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) contained some 11,000 tons of explosives.  It is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S, arsenal and had never before been used in combat.

As a comparison the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the equivalent of 20,000 tons of T.N.T.

“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” the Pentagon said in a statement, using the term for the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch.”

That’ll teach those cockroaches hiding in those caves.

A skeptic on the other hand might think that a) Trump is doing everything he can to divert attention from the investigations into Russian meddling in our election on his side or b) the military had this weapon it had never used anywhere and thought it might be a good time to try it out and see the fireworks.  That using it would be useful to the military and just happen to coincide with Trump chest thumping.

What I found amusing after I read the article was the level of ignorance in the comments.  There were some rationale human beings but the right wing trolls were out in force.

“It’s about time! We needed to show them that we now mean business! Would suit me fine if they blew that whole damned country up!

“Where ever these animals hide, we should use these weapons. No apologies and no forgiveness. We/US should never bend a knee to our enemies….good riddens (sic)Obama!!!!!!”

“We need to use this on Iran and N Korea’s nuclear sights. Maybe about 6 in each country. Let’s get it over with.. War looms in the future anyway, may as well be now”

Now we used to have an old saying in Brooklyn when I was a kid.

“Bullshit walks”

I have an answer for the internet warriors.

Bring back the draft.

Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That’s because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.

A look back at some lost history shows that today’s public acquiescence to militarism was exactly what the government wanted when it ended the draft.

That loaded term — “militarism” — was, in fact, a prominent part of the 1970 report by President Nixon’s Commission on an All-Volunteer Force. In its findings, the panel worried about “a cycle of anti-militarism” in a nation then questioning America’s increasingly martial posture.

Noting that “the draft is a major source of antagonism” toward the growing military-industrial complex, the report praised the fact that “an all-volunteer force offers an obvious opportunity to curb the growth of anti-militaristic sentiment.

The report’s political conclusions were clear: By disconnecting most Americans from the blood-and-guts consequences of war, the end of the draft would “decrease dissent stemming from conscription” and “close one of the channels” of antiwar organizing.”

“The pattern suggests that – in the absence of conscription. Dissent – if it exists at all – becomes a low grade affair (i.e. an email, a petition etc.) but not the kind of serious movement required to compel military policy changes.  Why?  Because as former Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, without a draft – “wars remain an abstraction  – a distant and unpleasant series of news items that does not affect (most people) personally”.

The danger, says West Point’s Lance Betros, is that Americans then “reflexively move toward a military solution before they will try all of the other elements of national power”.

Sounds like a prophecy to me.

My family has lived in this country for a century and served in every war from WWI to Vietnam.  Today I don’t know anyone in the military.  My children, nephews or nieces never faced the draft.  None of my friends have children in the military.  I don’t know any kid anxious to join up.   War doesn’t affect me or my family or my friends at all.   And there are tens of millions like me.

Now its easy to be a war hawk.  You don’t have to worry about going yourself or your kid.  He won’t be drafted, given 4 months training and dropped in Kandahar.  We don’t even have to pay a war tax.  Sure there’s a war going on but it doesn’t affect us.  It doesn’t affect me or mine.

So for those sitting at their basement computer and are so ready to drop the bombs I say go big or go home. Lets wipe them suckers out once and for all.

Put your body or your kid’s body where your big mouth is; get that 4 months of basic at Ft. Dix and do a tour in Kandahar!  Let’s wipe out those vermin once and for all.  Like we were real successful in Afghanistan and Iraq. Let’s do Syriaand Iran as well while we’re at it.  Might as well clean up the entire cesspool called the Middle East.

Oh?  You’re not for bringing back the draft?

I guess war is for other people.  Not you.  Not yours.

You’ve got more important things to do.  Gonna see the new X-Men movie.  Or a rock concert this weekend.  Got some new on-line games you just have to play.

Oh I see.  You’re all for war.  – so long as you or yours don’t have to fight it.

War is for other people.  War is for those who volunteer.

Bullshit walks.

SSG Toritto U.S Army

11/18/63  – 11/17/67

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to “The Mother of all Bombs”

  1. beetleypete says:

    There have been a lot of articles on blogs calling for the return of conscription. I also missed out on it here, as it stopped before I was old enough. I remember the young Americans burning draft cards on TV, some even fleeing to Canada to escape service in Vietnam.
    I agree that there would be a lot less call for war, if everyone had to go and fight in it. What worries me is that it will be the children of the poor and uneducated who will mainly be conscripted to fight if the draft is reinstated.
    As for the super-bomb, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of those deployed. For one thing, they cost $16,000,000 each. That’s a lot of cash for the arms industry.
    Makes those 4th of July fireworks seem very reasonable…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. wfdec says:

    And how appropriate to pick Good Friday. Or was that a mistake. Or did they think it out. Or is anyone actually keeping a watch on the men who push the buttons?

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  3. greenpete58 says:

    I never thought of it this way, Frank (thanks for pointing it out). “Draft” was always a negative word for me. But there are advantages to it, such as making Americans more aware of what they have to sacrifice. Maybe with a draft, we’ll be less inclined to be so militarily aggressive.

    These right-wing, militaristic yahoos who flex their muscles (mainly mouth muscles) crack me up.

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    • toritto says:

      Greenie = there is a serious disconnect in this country between war and the general population. Do you think George Bush could have waged the Iraq War with conscripts? With young men swept off of the street and getting killed in Ramadi? Everyone would be asking what the hell are we doing there. Our national Security is not at stake. The demonstrations against a war of choice would have been overwhelming. It’s easy to cheer on the troops when you or your son don’t have to go fight it. Best from Florida and Happy Easter.

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