EDITORIAL: Trump lets generals manage our wars
The Air Force dropped "the mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan on Thursday. Public anxiety caused "World War 3" searches on Google to hit their highest level since the search engine began keeping records in 2004.
The bombing has the world's population on edge, as people of all nations speculate whether such aggression by the United States will subdue America's enemies or inspire retaliation.
Only time will reveal the ultimate ripple effects of this maneuver and other actions our military could take soon.
President Donald Trump has given military officials broad latitude in deciding how to defeat IS and other enemies of the United States.
White House micromanagement of the battlefield is officially over.
The decision to bomb Afghanistan was reportedly made by Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Early reports indicate the bomb killed 94 IS fighters.
The Department of Defense reports no civilian casualties.
Among many who have fought on the ground in the Middle East, the bombing and empowerment of generals comes as welcome relief.
"You're dealing with people who only understand force," said Rob O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama Bin Laden.
Former Marine Johnny "Joey" Jones was a bomb technician in Helmand province in Afghanistan in 2010. When Jones was 23, his legs were blown off as he worked to diffuse and clear roadside bombs from a shelled-out "ghost town."
After Thursday's bombing, he tweeted appreciation for Trump allowing generals to manage the war.
"I lost my legs because my gov't was afraid to use the tools they had and saw me as expendable. I wish I'd had this admin.," Jones wrote.
When challenged by someone who wanted to know how a bombing could possibly have saved his legs, Jones responded.
"We begged to use bombs on the minefield ghost town I lost my legs clearing. But by all means-continue your rhetorically righteous tweeting," Jones wrote.
On Fox News, Jones said he felt President Barack Obama's administration was more worried about public opinion than the lives of combat troops.
"At the time, you know the headline, 'U.S. drops bombs' or 'fires artillery' just wasn't worth it. I guess risking us was. That's how I feel, that's how we felt then," Jones said.
Americans don't like war. We should use our military might with great discretion. Intervention should be an option of last resort, when all diplomatic measures fail to uphold our vital interests.
When we are at war, for whatever reason, we have the moral obligation to win. Trump has given his top generals "total authorization" to do so. Humanity should hope and pray they use it to achieve world peace.