When the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was dropped in Afghanistan, everyone figured that this had to be at the direct order of the Commander in Chief, Donald Trump. That was not the case. The Area Commander, Gen. John Nicholson, had the weapon and the power to use it at his disposal. That ability of a CIC to delegate the use of weapons systems is sometimes referred to as Rule by Negation. What that means is there are a set of guidelines in place that say how a weapons system will be used in battle. If the CIC or Commanding Officer wants you to use it differently from the war plan that was developed, he will tell you. Otherwise, you will use it at will and within the guidelines or battle plan.
As Written by Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson for Fox News:
The decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat was made by the top U.S. commander on the ground, officials told Fox News on Friday, after the so-called “mother of all bombs” was used to obliterate an ISIS target in Afghanistan.
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.”
The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, arrived in Afghanistan in early January, and is designed for its psychological effect as much as the damage it causes – the 21,000-pound bomb has a blast radius of one mile.
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