When we find Saddam...

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    Here's the weapon I hope we use.

    Final Test For 'Mother Of All Bombs'
    Los Angeles Times
    November 19, 2003
    By Reuters

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military plans this week to conduct its final development test on the most powerful nonnuclear bomb in its arsenal, the Air Force said Tuesday. The weapon is so big it is dubbed the "mother of all bombs."

    The Air Force plans to detonate a 21,700-pound, satellite-guided GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, Thursday at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle, said Jake Swinson, a spokesman for the Air Armament Center there.

    The huge conventional bomb will be dropped from an MC-130 Combat Talon cargo plane onto a test range at the base, Swinson said, noting that the massive bomb will then become available for use as U.S. military commanders deem appropriate.

    In its only previous live test, the MOAB was detonated at the same base on March 11, the week before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. There were two previous inert tests of the bomb, Swinson said.

    The MOAB spreads a flammable mist over the target, then ignites it, producing a highly destructive blast.
     
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    When you absolutely positively want everybody dead...MOAB, accept no substitutes.:tank:
     
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    so, we've devised a new way to use napalm.
     
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    That's one bad ass bomb. Anyone know of any footage of prior test? I'd love to see some clips of that! I wish I could take out the navigational system and steer it into my old boss's house!
     
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    Or my ex-fiancee! :tank: :blowup: :thup:
     
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    It spreads a gas mist over a huge area and then ignites it, sucking the oxygen out of every living creature in a huge radius. If this isn't a chemical weapon and WMD, what is?
     
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    Chemical weapons actually spread chemicals around a particular area. The explosive on a chemical weapon is not designed to create a huge explosion, or to expend the chemical, but to spread the chemical over the desired area.
    This weapon, however, is designed to be one big explosion, using conventional explosives (i.e. not nuclear). It is not a chemical weapon.
     
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    Nobody said it wasn't. We don't plan on using them on neighboring countries though! Shoot, even if the thing didn't have a payload of any sorts it would cause mass destruction, the damn thing is nearly 22,000lbs!
     
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    devils advocate here, but the treaties that the US has signed didn't have a 'non-neighboring country' clause in them.
     
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    What are you talking about, what treaties?
     

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