MOAB drop ordered by US general, Trump approval not needed, officials say
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As of Feb. 29, there were 411 one stars, 299 two stars, 139 three stars, and 37 four-star active generals and admirals, with several more appointed recently. The ratio of officers in the military to the total force size has grown from 15.69% in 2000 to 17.54% in 2015.
With a total of 886 generals in the military (somewhere in the mix there has to be at least one bird brain general); if this statement is accurate that the generals DO NOT need the president’s permission to drop a bomb, each one of them had the discretion to move forward without PDT’s approval, in my opinion, we have left too much to chance and opened a very big can of worms.
I can not imagine PDT or any other president giving that much power to his individual generals. In this day and age of instant communications, it should be a standing mandatory rule that NO ONE regardless of rank in the military or status in the government can make a decision of that magnitude without the nod from the Main Man.
Fox News is told that Gen. John Nicholson made the decision on his own. President Trump’s approval apparently was not needed.
Trump himself declined to say Thursday where the order came from but stressed that he has given the military complete flexibility.
“We have given [the military] total authorization,” Trump told reporters. “Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.”
I would go so far as to say; even the president SHOULD NOT have the authority to make that decision without consulting the vice president or the secretary of state first. It is not an impossibility, some president, somewhere down the line, fills his lid and presses the button on his own.
There always has to be a FAIL-SAFE in place. Otherwise, we could wind up like North Korea with a psycho nut case at the helm that has total control to start WW III.
I like the fact that PDT is acting on the advisement of his generals and all of the experts in their respective fields to aid and assist as advisors but too much power given to one person should not be permitted. There should ALWAYS be two signatures of approval on any decision of this magnitude.