It’s the Mother Of All Bombs.
That’s the military slang for the enormous MOAB.
Aside from nuclear weapons, i’s the biggest, most destructive attack device in the possession of the U.S. armed forces.
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
At the time of development, the government touted it as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.
And yesterday, on April 13, with President Donald Trump’s escalation of the conflict in Afghanistan, the need for a big public relations move resulted in the first-ever use of this enormous weapon in a combat situation.
Politics aside, the gigantic explosion was a huge media success. They love being able to talk about this dramatic use of the Mother of All Bombs.
Nowhere To Go But Nuclear
In terms of military strategy, it may have been effective in removing some key cave hideouts used by ISIS in its ongoing guerrilla operations. Initial reports from Afghanistan indicate that between 35 and 82 Islamic State fighters were killed by the bomb blast. There have been no definitive reports of the damage to facilities and equipment.
But one key question remains. So what happens next?
Isis is unlikely to get scared and run away, no matter how much damage was done by the Mother of All Bombs.
And if the U.S. military wants to use something even more powerful in a future escalation, there’s another problem. They have nowhere to go but nuclear.
How Much Is The Mother of All Bombs?
This massive explosive device doesn’t come cheap. According to The Fiscal Times, the “Mother of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound monster. It took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.” So it only takes a few of them to justify big increases in the U.S. military budget.
The big explosion didn’t help Wall Street, though. Prices continued to move lower after the event. Stocks closed at their lowest levels since mid-February.
It’s now clear that geopolitical events – and the astrological dynamics behind them – are once again a big factor in the markets.
What was most interesting astrologically, though, was the timing of the event.
As I mentioned in a recent blog post, yesterday was a direct station by the transneptunian Vulcanus.
Vulcanus On Display
I described it as expressing “an offer you can’t refuse” in that post.
I pointed out that Vulcanus represents “dynamic energy at the extreme” and “coercion by the highest authority, in the most emphatic way.”
If the Mother of All Bombs doesn’t show those traits, what does?
And to underscore the Vulcanus connection, the timing was important, too.
The Mother of All Bombs was dropped at 7:32 p.m. Afghanistan Time.
That was exactly 4 hours and 15 minutes after the Vulcanus station.