Military Times: Trump: I'm giving the military 'total authorization'
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to let defense leaders act decisively without interference from politicians.
“What I do is I authorize my military,” in response to a press question about the use of a massive bomb in an assault on Islamic State Group positions in Afghanistan. “We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done the job, as usual. We have given them total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing.
“Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately. If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there is a tremendous difference.”
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WNU Editor: From CNN ....
.... Sources told CNN that Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb. The White House was informed of the plan before the MC-130 aircraft delivered its 21,600-pound payload.
President Trump has given the Pentagon the latitude to make decisions .... but the White House definitely wants to be in the loop when those decisions are made.
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Update: Speaking of massive non-nuclear bombs .... the Russians are saying that they have an even bigger one .... Russia tests superstrength bomb, military says (Reuters).