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The Question

  1. Have there ever been any other past US Presidents that said they'd take a very strong military action against an adversary like bombing or invading or whatever and actually take that action against that adversary during their presidency?

    • Time period wise from the time of the POTUS' authorization and the execution of the correlated action from the time of the inauguration, I was curious what other presidents time frames may look like to compare

Context Stuff Below

The race

On Donald Trump's campaign trail he talked about bombing shit out of ISIS after talking about all the oil fields they control and so forth in the Middle East region.

With this sort of tone it sounded as if Donald Trump knew something about hurting the ISIS terrorist group financially and talked very strongly about bombing them after mentioning their oil field control.


Fast forward to now and. . .

With the recent event and as per the CNN post:

"The US military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials."

According to CNBC regarding the event:

Earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the bomb targeted caves that ISIS fighters used to "move around freely." He explained that in order to defeat the terrorist group, the U.S. must deny it operational space.


How it appears

Donald Trump is early into his presidency and he has already authorized the use a "the mother of all bombs" on ISIS, but the actions are not in alignment with what he said with a passionate tone during his election campaign about the oil field controls and hurting them financially.


  • You have a negative score becuase you asked a decent question in a stupid way. Such direct follow-through on campaign points so quickly is refreshing (even though he failed to deliver other promises). We're so used to a softer "diplomatic" approach that actual, tangible, immediate action feels novel! Red-lines, lines in the sand, thresholds, or whatever else actually seem mean something to this guy. Still waiting for that DPRK nuclear test...I wonder what's causing the hold up? – acpilot Apr 15 '17 at 20:30
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Going back to the previous president:

Prior to taking office Obama promised to send 10,000 more troops into Afghanistan.

By 2010 it appears that they had added over 60,000 troops.

Obama had also promised to kill Osama Bin Laden in 2008. The US killed him in 2011.

  • @ModeratorImpersonator are you looking for a full list of all past presidents? That's going to take some work. I couldn't find any particular 'threats' from either Bush or Clinton...but that's likely due to the fact that we weren't in any major conflicts at the time of their initial elections. Might have to go back to the Nixon era to find actual promises of military threats. – user1530 Apr 17 '17 at 21:10

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