Using the ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever detonated in combat against ISIS in Afghanistan, sends a message of strength to other countries, write David Jackson and Tom Vanden Brook of USA Today. They believe that it will also increase Trump’s popularity at home, as Americans see that their leader is taking decisive action. His recent strike in Syria gained praise from many US allies, indicating that this will as well, report Jackson and Vanden. They theorize that using the MOAB comes as a warning to North Korea. This demonstration of American military might will gain him more admirers, they speculate.
Using the MOAB bomb was a complete waste of money and breaks Trump’s promises of non-intervention, argues Emily Shugerman of the Independent. She highlights the president’s hypocrisy in continuously criticizing Obama for American involvement abroad only to follow in his footsteps. Trump publicly stated his adversity to US taxpayer money being spent in the Middle East and promised to bring troops home on the campaign trail, notes Shugerman. This bomb strike as well as the recent one in Syria indicate that Trump will continue America’s costly involvement in the Middle East, which in his own words is a waste of money and lives.