Dropping Bombs Is Not A Strategy

If dropping bombs for the hell of it was a winning strategy we wouldn’t have lost the Vietnam War …

  • So Trump drops a $16 million bomb just to prove he can? Even Fonzie sez “Whoahh!”
  • Why the ominous emphasis on biggest “non-nuclear” bomb dropped? Crawl under your desks kids. These people are freaking insane.
  • This ridiculous Trump Administration feels like Rocky & Bullwinkle jumped the shark.
  • Trump’s latest hissy fit bomb cost us $16 million.
  • Trump’s Afghan blast: Nothing like a useless Hiroshima plume of smoke to delude knucklehead Americans into victory mode.
  • Trump Afghan policy after 16 years of a failed war: Grind it to glass and pretend we won.
  • What is it about dropping bombs that makes Washington establishment feel so important? SAD!
  • US drops mega-bomb on Afghanistan, Alexander the Great sez, “Good luck with that. Didn’t work for me either.”
  • Interesting how quick we learn we dropped a bomb, but how long it takes, if ever, to find out whether it did any damn good.
  • These Pentagon show bombs that do nothing useful are like Super Bowl commercials, exciting and forgettable.

55 thoughts on “Dropping Bombs Is Not A Strategy”

  1. “Dropping Bombs Is Not A Strategy”???

    of course it is when changing the subject is the goal.  with a big bomb boom and a convoy of missile destroyers chugging towards no korea….. who cares about a little ole investigation of treason.

    page, flynn, manafort, puti ….SQUIRRELLLL!

  2. Nothing to see here folks…   move along…   oh look…  over there…   a YUUUUUGE puff of smoke…  that’s cool…

  3. Well, dropping bombs is a strategy if the strategy is to draw the press’ attention away from what you’re doing in the oval office, like signing a bill with KelLIARanne Conway and three other women present that allows states to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood.

    XR, I have to say that I agree with some of the stuff you said in your last two posts from last night. However I must say that I can’t say whether it’s right or wrong. My sense is that no matter what HRC did in those last three or four months leading up to the election, the likelihood is the people of Hamlin were still going to trust the Pied Piper.

  4. Ironically the phrase “Jumping the shark” involved Fonzie & the desperation to save a dying show.

     

  5. A) Maybe he’s just trying to out-crazy Kim

    B) Maybe T was just rattling a $16 million sword (that Obama put in place, but either had the sense/no reason to deploy) to see if terrorist will tuck their doo-dads between their legs and not cause trouble for awhile, so T can take credit for solving the terrorist problem…which will always re-appear

    C) Maybe it’s a big, expensive distraction

    D) All of the above

     

    pogo – If the DNC continues to ignore progressives, they will continue to lose.  It’s their call.   Really, it’s a shame they can’t get past the cult of personality/2016 and look at the needs of voters.  Adapt or die.

  6. There is always hope that someone will uncover the key Russian link to the floater and get him out of the WH.  As bad as a super freaky religious nut would be as #46*, he can’t be as dangerous to all life as the loon is.

  7. yesterday 36 isil killed by moab and 18 Syrian allies killed by friendly fire

    any trail thoughts on above counts?

    por ejemplo: re 16 million for 36, at a per cost of almost $500,000,  a bounty offer might have been cheaper and bagged more.

  8. The Dems have done pretty well — the base is rallied for sure – the town halls are killing the goopers.

    The 50 state strategy was successful before.  It isn’t helpful to concede races before they start.  I think they did that in the Pompeo seat.

  9. Again – the past week has been politically exhausting.  I agree that the big boom was nothing more than a distraction.  Hey – didn’t we just kill almost two dozen allied fighters over there in a screwed up missile strike?  Not much coverage.

    And why the hell is he giving the fat Korean a stage to bounce up and down and scream that he is Napoleon?  Pre-emptive strike on North Korea if he thinks they’re going to light off a nuke?  Really?  Followed of course by a massive artillery strike on Seoul killing thousands and getting orange hair impeached for launching a war against a sovereign country without congressional approval.

    Meanwhile all the brown people are still here, no wall, women are being slowly pushed back to the 1950’s, Obamacare still in place dying a slow death – and now I’m listening to a priest on TV comparing the guy yanked, bloody, off the United flight to Jesus being dragged off the cross.

    Let us pray.

  10. “Pre-emptive strike…” dvitale? now where did we hear about that kinda thing working before? oh yeah, that pile of wreck and ruin formerly called Iraq….  and that budget surplus we once had.

  11. On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. The president, mortally wounded, was carried to a lodging house opposite Ford’s Theater where at about 7:22 a.m. the next morning, Lincoln, age 56, died – the first U.S. president to be assassinated

     

  12. A conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, China said Friday, warning there would be no winner in any war as tensions soar with the United States.

    The sharp language came after US President Donald Trump said the North Korea problem “will be taken care of”, as speculation mounts the reclusive state could be preparing another nuclear or missile test.

    Trump has sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula to press his point, one of a series of measures that indicate his willingness to shake up foreign policy strategy.

    “Lately, tensions have risen… and one has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said.

    “If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner.”

    Whichever side provoked a conflict “must assume the historic responsibility and pay the corresponding price,” he said in a joint press conference with his visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault.

    Wang’s comments mirrored a warning from the North Korean foreign ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace which said “thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment”.

    “The US introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world’s biggest hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets… pushing the situation there to the brink of a war,” it said according to the North’s official news agency KCNA.

    [….]

    “Dialogue is the only possible solution,” Wang said.

  13. If he’s going to launch munitions every time his WH looks bad, he’ll deplete the arsenal.

    Guess it’s time for a national debate on what we should do about Lil’ Kim, because he’s too crazy to be scared. We could just kill him (military calls it “decapitation”) — but then, who comes next?. For this to work you’ve got to be sure you like the successor well enough.

    Moving nukes into South Korea is supposedly one option under review, but will that change this nut’s behavior?

  14. Jamie, this historical observance of yours today … subconsciously hinting?

    as keith raged in rant 56: “he isn’t Abraham goddamn Lincoln”

  15. meanwhile, consider this as you’re doing your taxes

    cbsnews: Secret Service costs for Trump family protection continue to mount

    With Eric Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland this week, the international hotel and car rental costs for the Secret Service agents who protect him and his brother Donald Trump Jr. have topped $190,000 since January 1st, according to a review of purchasing orders by CBS News. 

    All of those bills are paid by taxpayers.

    [….]

    The trips by the Trump sons are to promote Trump-branded properties in those countries. According to an analysis by the Economist magazine, the Trump Organization’s international deals account for less than 10 percent of the company’s value.  

    “The Trump family’s frequent travel to international destinations purely to promote the Trump family business is burning through taxpayer dollars at an unprecedented rate and stretching the Secret Service increasingly thin,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 

    A Secret Service official provided background information to CBS News indicating that “as a matter of operational security, the Secret Service does not provide information related to the means and methods, or costs associated with our protective operations.” 

    The Government Accountability Office has begun work on a report that will look at the cost to taxpayers of travel by President Trump’s family.

    President Trump’s trips on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago have cost taxpayers an estimated $700,000 for each round trip. CBS News has estimated, based on a previous Government Accountabilty Office report, that each presidential trip to Mar-a-Lago costs about $3 million.

    One purchase order reviewed by CBS News shows the US Secret Service has spent $35,185 on golf cart rentals “for POTUS visit” in Palm Beach County, Florida since the President’s inauguration.

    Another purchase order showed a charge of $64,000 for “Elevator services- Trump Tower” in December 2016.  A Secret Service official told CBS News that “elevator inspection is one of many protective operational measures utilized by the Secret Service.”

  16. also this morning from cbs: “North Korea threatens pre-emptive nuclear strike”

    North Korea says it is “on the brink of war” because of the U.S. In an interview with CBS News, one of the country’s top officials accused the Trump administration of wanting to “annihilate” North Korea. Tensions are rising as the North gets ready to celebrate the day the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, was born 105 years ago. Ben Tracy reports from Pyongyang.


  17. Published on Apr 14, 2017

    The Trump administration dropped a bomb that the Obama and Bush administrations refrained from using as new ties between Trump associates and Russian agents are reported. Malcolm Nance, David Corn, and David Frum join Lawrence O’Donnell

  18. Patd

    Can’t say my Freudian slip is showing, but I wouldn’t go into mourning considering Pence and Ryan are the runners up. No Constitutional provision for giving it to the woman who actually won.

  19. btw, in that msnbc vid above, starting at 10:48 in david frum has some interesting remarks on hemming in a prez.

  20. Craig

    Even without considering this election, I think that would have given us a more balanced government.  The VP isn’t really elected by anybody.  They are just a take it or leave it Presidential appointment.

     

  21. Pogo, Perhaps there was no way that HRC could have overcome all the cheating that the rippers and their Russian allies engaged in. But, I’m thinking that when the public wants a Pied Piper, the candidate has a duty to become the best damned Pied Piper around. Clearly, a huge swathe of the public wanted, and still wants, blood. Dem candidates have to offer the public the heads of health insurance lobbyists, polluters, and the slaves of the nra, on platters. Imo.

    I don’t mean to seem authoritarian here. Just enthusiastic, actually.

  22. Funny, when a repub acts suspiciously, all the other repubs want proof before they’ll agree to an investigation.

    When it’s a black guy, all the repubs want a execution before there’s an investigation.

    repubs are so very tribal.

  23. There was one issue which separated the loon from the guy so weak he needs his wife with him to prevent him from fornicating with other women (he has not said anything about men or other mammals) is the Planned Parenthood issue.  As long as the floater did not do anything about abortion or Planned Parenthood he was safe from being impeached.  Now that he has gone over that cliff there is no reason not to impeach him as #46* was going to do the dirty deed.  So out with #45* now.

  24. Imagine if Barack Obama had any backbone at all,  Syria would be stable, The refugee crisis would have been avoided.  The substantial failure and Obamanation of the last 8 years is a disgrace and embarrassment.

    I know for most of you this is known but you fail to be honest with yourself and feed off of each other.

    Craig…. SAD

  25. Hey Ping  Obama’s not president

    speaking of disgrace and embarrassment if you were honest you would admit Pussy Grabber set the record for being named worst president ever..Shrub breathes a sigh of relief

    and speaking of dishonest opinions  always good to see you

  26. A few more days gone to this cold but I think I’m finally getting better…she says optimistically 😮

    So our boy donnie has a new toy and he really likes it. It’s Christmas morning for him and his present is the kind that just keeps  giving. It distracts from the fact that he’s the most incompetent person ever to hold the office of POTUS, makes people forget about the Russian collusion crimes, it’s fun to play with, it makes people say cool things about him and then they clap their hands. What more could a foolish orange boy want!

    He got to open his new toy thanks to his lovely first lady, daughter/wife Ivanka. According to son Eric in this article

    He also confirmed that President Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a nerve gas attack last week was influenced by the reaction of his sister Ivanka, who said she was “heartbroken and outraged” by the atrocity.

    So he opened his present and found a shiny button and pushed it and launched a bunch of missiles that didn’t really do much damage after warning with his buddy Vlad, according to some reports. Then he got to reap his rewards (cue applause track) He liked it so much that he wanted more, so he pushed another button and dropped the biggest “non-nuclear” bomb ever. “What fun do we have anything better that has a shiny button” little donnie asked…

    We are on the threshold of all out nuclear war. Much closer than we’ve ever been since the Cuban missile crisis. Only difference is that now we have a president who would not think twice and certainly wouldn’t work at diplomacy as an alternative.

    Not when there’s a big, bright, shiny button just waiting for him to press it! I hope and pray that someone will have the good sense to hide the football from this maniac before it’s too late!

     

  27. Mr Pong,

    And, if the bush crime family hadn’t been corrupt and crazy, 9/11 would have been stopped before it started. alqaeda would not have gained traction in Iraq and Syria, and isil would have been stillborn. Without the 2 bu$h cr!me family Gulf Fiascos, the Federal debt would be $6TR!LL!ON $maller. The price of ga$oline wouldn’t have ri$en to more than $4/gal in 2007, meaning that outer ring $uburbanite$ wouldn’t have had to choo$e between driving to work and paying off the mortgage, which would have averted the real e$tate collap$e. Then the bu$h cr!me family’s elective 2008-20010 Depre$$!on wouldn’t have happened, and we could have $aved another $2TR!LL!ON$ in Federal debt, and another $5TR!LL!ON$ in Wall Street lo$$e$. We wouldn’t have to pay $1B!LL!ON$ annually to help the 8,000 disabled vets of the 2 bu$h cr!me family Gulf Fiascos, because they wouldn’t have been blown to smithereens over there.

    Any question$ ?

  28. This big bomb isn’t actual news, it’s just another bomb, and we’ve dropped bombs daily in Afghanistan for 16 years. That’s 5,950 days, more or less.

    The bomb is not only not news, it isn’t strategy. The big Q is always, what happens after the bomb. If the lazy ass instant gratification party doesn’t have a business plan for after the bomb, using the bomb is probably another repub wa$te of taxpayer money.

  29. I wonder what makes pong think bombs will cure the refugee problem. The do-nothing, pantywaist, repub Congress tied the President’s hands in Syria. Therefore, all the disgrace and embarrassment belong to the weeping john boehner and moral midget mcconnell. But they did, sort of, kind of, almost keep us out of war with basher.

  30. “I wonder what makes pong think bombs will cure the refugee problem.”

    xr, to paraphrase Field of Dreams: if you bomb them, they will not come.

    you are sooo right on about boehner and mcconnell if friend pong needs someone to blame as Obama did seek their official blessing as the constitution requires when presidents want to be legit about war.

     

    mr pong, can’t exactly remember but didn’t you poo-poo Hillary’s idea of no-fly zones?  according to this story from the guardian last year, they reported this about your beloved current leader:

    Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to world war three” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia.

    [….] On Syria’s civil war, Trump said Clinton could drag the US into a world war with a more aggressive posture toward resolving the conflict.

    Clinton has called for the establishment of a no-fly zone and “safe zones” on the ground to protect noncombatants. Some analysts fear that protecting those zones could bring the US bring into direct conflict with Russian fighter jets.

    “What we should do is focus on Isis. We should not be focusing on Syria,” said Trump as he dined on fried eggs and sausage at his Trump National Doral golf resort. “You’re going to end up in world war three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.

    “You’re not fighting Syria any more, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk,” he said.

    Trump said Assad is much stronger now than he was three years ago. He said getting Assad to leave power was less important than defeating Isis.

    “Assad is secondary, to me, to Isis,” he said.

  31. why are some sad photos of dead children not sad enough and just as worthy of presidential action?

  32. KGC: LOL! Yes I was certainly commiserating with all the players who went down. I remember one day they talked about Hanley being so sick he couldn’t get out of bed. I could relate because I spent more time in bed in the past week than anywhere else. One day I’d feel almost good for an hour or 2 so I’d get online and try to do something. After a while I’d stand up and suddenly I’d have to go lay down (before I fell down). This time I think  I’m really on the good side of things and the sox are getting better too. 😀

  33. From Ms Manners : don’t invite Julian Assange and Mike Pompeo to the same party.

  34. Last year, some guy I used to follow on Twitter was routinely calling Hillary a “Warmonger”. I’m sure as a Trump supporter it’s different when Trump does things to start a war. Also, I ran across a Twitter bio today in which the person proclaimed themselves to be a Trump supporter AND a science geek. I thought that Trump and the GOP all hated science! Trump supporters and people on the right wondering why people on the left are not impressed by the “MOAB”  killing 36 ISIS fighters. What was the intent of dropping this bomb? Perhaps if we knew, we could understand it better.

  35. moab cost, not counting $314,000,000 for development : $16,000,000.00

    # of daesh fighters cremated : 36

    Cost per cremation : $444,444.44

    Cost per cadaver produced W/development included : $9,166,666.66

  36. I think I have been watching too many episodes of Designator Survivor.  Conspiracies R me ..

    How about electing someone totally ill equipped to be President in control of military with cooperation of opposition party and funded by 1% and foreign governments in collusion with various powers that be … just don’t let the voters catch on ….

  37. I always liked Wilson Pickett. He excelled with Mustang Sally. But, Midnight Hour is still my favorite.

  38. Those of us on the West coast hope Pussy Grabber doesn’t get into a missile match with Lil Kim

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