Sunday, April 16, 2017

MOAB!!!

We dropped the Mother of All Bombs on ISIS in Afghanistan last week.  Check out this footage of the blast that was shot at the ground level.










42 comments:

Lee Morris said...

Unconfirmed picture of the aftermath on the ground...it looks bad.

Anonymous said...

Thank god we didn't have the internet right after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Anonymous said...

Moving more sand around.....meanwhile.....Michael Flynn is tapping....Carter Page is a Russian agent.....Manafort is registering as a foreign agent.....and evidence now exists showing hacked emails provided by Russia to team Trump.....

Keep wagging the dog

Anonymous said...

War is suddenly great,what a bunch of hypocrites. I taught we voted for someone who would only use force when the U.S. had a vested interest.

Anonymous said...

I think we have a vested interest in killing ISIS.@9:56

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kingfish.

An absolutely beautiful video !

I hope we use even more of these spectacular weapons that have been gathering dust for the last eight years.

Trump is only carrying out another campaign promise.
To paraphrase . . ."If elected, I'll bomb the shit out of ISIS ".

Ah . . . yeah . . . he just did.

And at 9:56, it is in our vested interest to defeat radical Muslim terrorists anywhere on the planet.




War Strategerie.. said...

9:56 thinks we should only come to attention if ISIS exhibits a presence in Fondren. And then only if Duling Hall and Babalu are captured.

Anonymous said...

If it's so cool why did the republicans say the previous administration need congressional authorization and suddenly this one does not. I will echo 9:56 Hypocrites!!!!

Anonymous said...

The first camera man was a bit too close for comfort.

Anonymous said...

General Nicholson said he did not consult with The White House. President Trump indicated that he has given the military free reign.
I'm surprised this bomb hasn't been used before as we all know tunnels from Pakistan have been used by terrorists for some time.
I'm happy if this slows down terrorist infiltration into Afghanistan.
But, I'm also glad JFK didn't give the military full reign during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
It's interesting to me that travel and security costs and weekend golfing ( especially what it's doing to costs for Palm Beach} and the nepotism isn't bothering those who voted for Trump. I'm surprised you aren't demanding an independent investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in our election and get the truth out but wanted a special prosecutor and investigation into Whitewater and Presidential peccadillos.
The hypocrisy is pretty dramatic to independents with a memory.

Anonymous said...

Woof, woof.

Anonymous said...

Albert Weimorts, a Mississippi State graduate in engineering, is credited with designing the MOAB.

Anonymous said...

So I guess you'd rather have Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes approving military target packages and you agree with the policy of strategic patience (whatever that means).

My question is, how patient are you willing to be?

Technologies and weapons that can be leveraged directly against the United States and its strategic assets are being traded freely between Iran, North Korea and their respective partners, and unconstitutional deals made between the Mullahs in Iran and the previous administration have all but assured that we will see a failed (or failing) state with reliable nuclear capability in the next four years unless we act decisively and definitively. The Chinese and Russians will come to the table (the Chinese already have) in order to avoid the type of widespread international disruption that injure large populations economically and which make leaders look weak (Putin has the most to lose here).

Assad, Putin and their ilk only respect strength, and have been shown very clearly that we are willing to act. The steps our President took clearly illustrate to the world that the United States is no longer willing to tolerate, or be complicit in activities that destabilize the world.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:40 "this is our bomb" Hail State.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:40; I guess he thought they needed more cowbell!

Anonymous said...

7:55, 6:42, 9:44, 9:56 --- lots of foreign policy experts on here who probably have never left the 601.

By the way - I saw a "woman" wearing a "Nasty Woman" t-shirt at the Whole Foods yesterday afternoon, she was with a "man" who looked absolutely miserable. How'd ya like to have to live with that????

Anonymous said...

We definitely need to continue to fight Isis. However, our president doesn't apply the same level of vigor in implementing his promised 100-day plan for America. There's less than 20 days left and he's delivered nothing in his plan, and the GOP controls all levels of government. There's no new health care reform, no border tax, no new import tax, no jobs bill, no infrastructure bill, and no tax reform bill. Strike out, strike out, strike out, but "I'm a great negotiator folks and I'll get things done, believe me." give me a break...

In addition, CNBC recently did a story proving that Trump is the first president in history to begin his tenure with a net negative approval rating. Google it and see for yourself. The GOP can't cut it and they look like a modern day version of the keystone cops.

Anonymous said...

April 16, 2017 at 8:55 PM, you're exactly right. MOAB isn't anything special. It's a butt load of TNT which has been around since the 1800's. It's design parameters list it as an air-burst, surface-destructive munition. Not a "bunker buster" or a munition even moderately effective against tunnels.It's a munition for "soft targets". A few of the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) would have been far more effective against the target as described. Drumpf had the MOAB used as it's the loudest firecracker at the BBQ. Made some headlines and well, Obama never used it. I wonder if it made his tiny hands look bigger to him? Trump is an uneducated, low-bred,low-brow, mentally ill buffoon. His PT Barnum act has failed as has everything else he's done since infesting the office. He can't fake his way through being POTUS 45.He will resign shortly.

...meanwhile.....Michael Flynn is tapping....Carter Page is a Russian agent.....Manafort is registering as a foreign agent.....and evidence now exists showing hacked emails provided by Russia to team Trump.....

Keep wagging the dog.
I'm waiting for one of the Trumpanzees to call me, "snowflake" in person or tell me I'm not qualified to post about the capabilities and limitations of MOAB. Once the swelling goes down and their eyes open, we'll go over my DD-214 in detail.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the facts, 10:13, but I can't believe that 45 will resign - he's too delusional ever to think *he* might be the problem.

And the GOP won't remove him, because his base would primary them into oblivion.

At this point, I'm not sure Trump wouldn't pass even the live-boy/dead-girl test.

Anonymous said...

10:13, do tell. I would appreciate understanding better about how the MOAB works, and you seem to be the expert. Why were there two explosions, one sort of small and then one really big one? Why is it called an air burst? Why did the blast wave appear from the drone video to spread out underground? Inquiring minds want to know...

Anonymous said...

Diplomacy and prayer needed more and more in this troubled world.

Anonymous said...

I'd leave weapons selection to the folks who have the most current intel. If the goal was to penetrate a hardened bunker or specific, precise target, perhaps the MOP would have been a better option; but for this application (speaking without specific targeting analysis or a geological study) it seems that the MOAB provided the desired result for the officer making the call.

No doubt, the MOP is an impressive piece of ordnance, but most of the damage would've been contained to a limited area with comparatively limited effect. In this specific application, the benefit of the MOAB is the variability of detonation altitude and the accompanying increased blast radius.

Anonymous said...

(Note: I'm not 10:13.) The key is "air burst," which is right there in the name. Anything that explodes in the air, dissipates its force in all directions.

The MOAB tries to compensate for this by being so freakin' huge that even the percentage of its force aimed at the target will suffice.

It can be used for relatively shallow targets, but it's not a bunker buster. It's just a really big, expensive bomb.

Anonymous said...

April 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM, MOAB did indeed produce the desired results! It made news for King Tiny Hands. That's about it.Allegedly, it neutralized 90 ISIS combatants. Allowing for hyperbole.. I'll give them 40. If you are trying to shut down a tunnel system all MOAB would do is the equivalent of kicking dirt in the mouth of a gopher hole. Tomorrow, he's gonna dig it back open and it's business as usual.

Anonymous said...

Using MOAB against CIA built / financed tunnels is the definition of blowback.

Carry on.

Anonymous said...

11:30 - was that you I saw with the "Nasty Woman" @ Whole Foods, how was your flight back from Afghanistan? To make such an assumption, you must've been on the ground providing information regarding the number of fighters in that "cave" complex (which is/was actually a group of mines).

Keep on with the name calling and leave the heavy work to the grownups, while you're stewing over shit that doesn't matter and nobody cares about, we're getting things done in this world - aren't you late for a Chick-fil-A protest...somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Sock puppets out in force on this one KF.

Anonymous said...

Those caves and tunnels are mostly natural, in solid stone and without a lot of human modification. MOAB had very little effect on them if any.
It was all for distraction and PR. A publicity stunt.Trump is pathetically predictable.Nothing new. He always has been. Foreign policy? It’s kind of a P.T. Barnum foreign policy. “Look what I’ve done here, look what I’ve done there, look over there"."Oh wait.. don't look at all the kids and civilians we just killed".Trump has had some "missions.None of them has had any real kind of military effect. In fact, in Syria, they were using the airfield the next day. In Afghanistan, one bomb is not going to change the problem. The preemptive threats in North Korea didn’t work, in terms of the missile. The clownish orange oaf is trying to project toughness, that he’s the new sheriff in town, different from President Obama. But, in fact, none of these things is dramatic unless, of course, he escalates, in which case we are in for a butt load of trouble.Drumpf is sending mixed signals.The attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could end up making him look stronger.As for North Korea, threatening a preemptive strike does nothing to Kim Jong Un, perhaps the only person alive with worse hair than Drumpf.

If you don’t have a diplomatic strategy to back it up, you don’t get anywhere.Under Clinton, they had threats, but they also had reciprocal back-and-forth steps and froze his program for the bulk of that administration. As soon as the Bush administration stopped talking, that is when the build up accelerated. The notion that military threats are going to change a regime that cares only about survival, is a pipe dream smoked by fools. Drumpf is trying to prove that this is a tactical decision and that he’s a different person than Obama. Obama dropped 12,000 bombs on Syria last year. That is not somebody not taking military action. If fat boy Drumpf wants to double down, I think we have seen in all of our conflicts that bombing doesn’t solve the problems.Drumpf has GOT TO GO!

Anonymous said...

April 17, 2017 at 10:43 AM, if there are in fact two distinct explosions, one small and one large, perhaps in fact, MOAB wasn't even used, it was a lie, and it was in fact, an air burst fuel air munition. They fall.. set off one small charge to distribute the explosive in the air then.. another charge sets off the explosive. Very devastating munition and some would be hard to distinguish from MOAB without more than a shaky video.

Anonymous said...

JJ - your blog reminds me daily how damned glad we have people that really know something about what they are doing --- as opposed to the absolutely ignorant SOBs that think they know a lot about everything in charge of anything. The only person that knows more about anything and everything than posters on your blog is Dilbert. And if you don't believe it, just ask him.

Anonymous said...

April 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM, my last flight from Afghanistan was over a year ago. I don't shop at Whole Foods but would will be more than happy to meet you there in the parking lot to see how witty you are in person. I'll assure you.. you will call me nothing but SIR or MISTER in person. I'll happily exchange contact info.

Anonymous said...

Make that sock puppet experts.

Anonymous said...

When you post the same spew more than once @1:12 PM do you think people pay more attention to your drivel?

Anonymous said...

Please explain the misunderstood brilliance of Clinton's (either one) foreign policy; we cretans - especially those of us who fought multiple tours - are hanging on your every word...

Anonymous said...

C R E T I N S . That ranks right up there with " your stupid".

Anonymous said...

1:25, I sure hope you're retired, if you don't believe in the mission or intend to undermine the CIC or officers appointed over you, it's certainly time for you to go.

1:12, we're waiting for a more granular explanation of the wisdom of the Rapist in Chief and Madame Grifter. But what difference, at this point, does it make?

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, Snopes has debunked the top video as from an unrelated incident and NOT the MOAB that hit Afghanistan days ago.

http://www.snopes.com/explosion-moab-afghanistan/

Anonymous said...

9:01am I want a President who actually makes decisions after gathering the best available information available from more than one source.
I want the development of a cohesive strategy.
I don't think it's a good idea to give the generals carte blanche.
It's not that on the ground generals wouldn't want to make a good decision, it's that like McArthur in the Philippines and Korea, they might not know what they don't know when it comes to consequences. They might not consider how their actions are affected by other fields of action.
The Confederacy let Generals decide without direction and orders from a "Commander in Chief. How'd that work out?
What is it about the term " Commander in Chief" , you don't understand? It's not " Delegator in Chief". It's not " Chief Executive Officer" or " Chairman of the Board"!

Anonymous said...

The question is, how long do you let the world burn before you act? What's your red line, and what are your criteria for action? While you are busy trying to develop a perfect, comprehensive and cohesive strategy that addresses all possible outcomes (this is impossible by the way), our adversaries are executing their plans.

ISIS, which is usually very vocal and social media savvy have been largely silent since the bombing in Afghanistan, and all that Al Assad can say is that the US missile strike was in response to a 'fabricated' chemical attack. The President delivered tangible consequences in both situations, and it looks like the days where these thugs think twice before screwing with the US and its allies are back - thank goodness!

I'm heartened by the fact that the President has empowered his SECDEF and Flag Officers to make decisions, rather than the West Wing of the White House. Mattis is one of the brightest military minds this country has ever known, you should be thankful he is on the switch.

Anonymous said...

4:13 don't blame Kingfish, fake news was invented by Trump.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:03 yes, you're correct Trump "invented" fake news, or maybe he just gave a name to something we all know the media are involved in. I'm sure Dan Rather, Brian Williams, etc. are more authoritative experts on fake news than Trump.

Anonymous said...

4:13 - as fake as Iran's F-313 stealth fighter and Lil Kim's papier-mâché missiles?

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