Is America Taking On Too Many Military Conflicts?

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Let's start this article off with a bang:

That's footage of the MOAB- the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be used- blasting a hole into ISIS's hidden cache of supplies and resources in Afghani mountains.

Afghanistan officials said 36 Islamic State militants were killed when the U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a tunnel complex Thursday.

The Afghanistan Ministry of Defense added in a statement Friday that there were no civilian casualties and that several Islamic State caves and ammunition caches were destroyed. (via LwC)

Now, most people might celebrate a strategic strike like this against one of the top enemies of the Free World, but it's hard to look at footage like that a smile- especially when you consider that the bomb was the strongest conventional weapon ever used.

It was the first time the bomb, known as the GBU-43, or “Massive Ordnance Air Blast,” was used in combat. It has a yield of 11 tons of TNT, and is nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs.” (via Breitbart)

That's some serious firepower. And even when used against a legitimate enemy, such strikes make everyone feel a bit nervous. I know I'm a little wet in the shorts.

To think that we have that kind of destructive power reminds us that devastating war is not a figment of our imagination, a relic of the past, or imagery we see in movies. At a moment's notice, much of the civilized world can be plunged into horrific destruction and chaos.

While I'm strongly in support of our President's efforts to wipe ISIS off the map, it's never fun to face the realities of warfare. This is especially true in light of growing conflicts in other parts of the world. As U.S. forces drop bombs on ISIS strongholds, we are tipping closer and closer to all-out conflict in a nearby region. Not for entirely dissimilar reasons.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “steps are under way” to form an international coalition to remove the president of Syria Bashar al-Assad after Tuesday’s chemical bombings in Syria...

TILLERSON: The process by which Assad would leave I think requires an international community effort, both to first defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country, to avoid further civil war and then to work collectively with our partners around the world through a political process that would lead to Assad leaving. (via Breitbart)

Eh. You know what that might mean: the U.S. is going to depose Assad in a lengthy engagement in Syria. Secretary of State Tillerson said it would be an "international community effort," but when have we ever seen the United Nations or other countries step up to do the dirty work? There's a good chance that the United States will be forced to send troops- our sons and daughters, husbands and wives- into the region to physically oust the entrenched dictator, not to mention the rebels, ISIS, and various other groups that are vying for control over Syria.

And you know that even after Assad is removed, we're going to have to stick around to "keep the peace" until a democratic system is put into place and is proven to work. Not an easy task.

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