Retired four-star general Jack Keane said dropping the MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, which was used on an ISIS tunnel in Nangahar, was the US “acting decisively and responsibly”.
He insisted America’s role in the world was to “exercise global leadership” despite the latest strike stirring tensions with North Korea, which has threatened to conduct a nuclear weapons test.
General Keane told Fox News: “We’re seeing a dramatic change here. President Obama and President Trump are facing the same global security challenges that are on a scale we have not seen since the end of World War II and the rise of the Soviet Union.
“President Trump has definitely made a statement that he wants America to exercise global leadership and he is acting decisively and responsibly with a moral underpinning to it.
Jack Keane said Barack Obama's leadership was "weak"
He [Donald Trump] wants America to exercise global leadership and he is acting decisively and responsibly with a moral underpinning to it
General Jack Keane
“And I’m absolutely convinced that he’s come to the conclusion [that] when America’s exercising its global leadership, the world and America is a safer place.”
He then took a swipe at the former President over his foreign policy.
“When that leadership is weak, as it was during these last eight years in my view, and when we disengage from the world, we embolden our adversaries and we weaken the relationship with our allies to the point they start making bad decisions,” said General Keane.
“President Trump has spent the first 84 days reassuring our allies around the world, in Europe, in the Far East, in the Middle East, that the United States intends to exercise its responsible leadership role in the world and that is great news for our country and also for our allies out there.”
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The US military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said April 14, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon's destructive capacity. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb dubbed the 'Mother Of All Bombs' hit IS positions in Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province
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North Korea has hit out at the US over its strikes in Afghanistan
It comes after North Korea’s state agency KCNA warned against “serious military hysteria” and said US military action in Afghanistan “could not be overlooked”.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol confirmed in an interview the country would conduct another nuclear test at any point Kim Jong-un wishes to.
He said: “If the U.S. comes with reckless military manoeuvres then we will confront it with a pre-emptive strike."
The US President is now deploying an “armada” into the Sea of Japan in response to Kim’s nuclear threat, and is reportedly assessing a number of military options.