In ISIS fight, Trump giving military more latitude for battlefield decision-making

In ISIS fight, Trump giving military more latitude for battlefield decision-making
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[Ed. – There’s good here, along with some remains-to-be-seen.  Reagan and both Bushes struck the right balance in most of their commander-in-chiefing, and Trump seems to have played out the rope substantially further than they did.  In a world slavering to pin “war crimes” on the West, that may not be such a good idea.  But we’ll see.]

U.S. military commanders are stepping up their fight against Islamist extremism as President Donald Trump’s administration urges them to make more battlefield decisions on their own.

As the White House works on a broad strategy, America’s top military commanders are implementing the vision articulated by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: Decimate Islamic State’s Middle East strongholds and ensure that the militants don’t establish new beachheads in places such as Afghanistan.

“There’s nothing formal, but it is beginning to take shape,” a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. “There is a sense among these commanders that they are able to do a bit more—and so they are.” …

The new approach was on display this week in Afghanistan, where Gen. John Nicholson, head of the U.S.-led coalition there, decided to use one of the military’s biggest nonnuclear bombs—a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB—to hit a remote Islamic State underground network of tunnels and caves. …

Gen. Nicholson indicated that he—not the White House—decided to drop the bomb.

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