With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombing his own innocent civilians with deadly sarin gas and North Korea’s “Dear Leader” dictator threatening to strike Seoul, Tokyo, Seattle – President Donald Trump, less than 90-days in office – could have followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

He could have made a grand speech and drawn a red line warning Assad of dire retribution for any further use of chemical weapons and then… ignored the situation.

He could have gone on a late night talk show and joked about the North Korean leader and then… ignored the situation.

But ignoring important and urgent matters isn’t what made Donald Trump a billionaire with real estate holdings around the world or made him a ratings hit with an innovative television reality show.

One could argue it didn’t get him his beautiful wife, either.

So in response to Assad, Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk missiles to hit the airbase where the chemical weapon attack had been launched.

That the new president casually informed his counterpart, Chinese President Xi Jinping, of the military action over the dessert course of a formal dinner at the Mar-a-Lago resort, lent an air of near-“Churchillian” cool to the matter that impressed even his most ardent critics in Congress and left mainstream media pundits at a loss for words.

The message Trump’s willingness to use his arsenal conveyed to Jinping was unmistaken – rein in your “client” state, North Korea, and its dictator, Kim Jong-un, or else I will.

Then, in keeping with his oft-repeated campaign promise that he would hit ISIS without giving it the benefit of a warning as did President Obama, the military was given permission to drop the “Mother Of All Bombs” on ISIS operations in Afghanistan.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb is a conventional (non-nuclear) weapon that nonetheless does significant damage with its 11-ton payload.

No civilians were impacted and 94 ISIS fighters were killed.

And no doubt Assad and his ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Jinping, as well as Kim Jong-un took notice.

The MOAB targeted Islamists that America has been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for 14 years at a cost of 2,386 American lives.

Over 20,000 Americans have also been wounded in action.

The vast majority – over 75 percent – were under the watch of Barack Obama as Commander-in-Chief.

Marine veteran Staff Sgt. Johnny Joe Jones is one of those 20,000 who returned home from Afghanistan a different man.

The Georgia native joined the Marine Corps right out of high school and served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb) Technician in both Iraq and Afghanistan during eight years of service until August 6, 2010, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device the enemy set.

The IED took Johnny’s legs above the knee. Both of them.

Been there, done that. Got the scrubs.

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He went through rehab, rebuilt his life as an advocate for veterans and doesn’t feel sorry for himself.

He does, however, have one wish and it has to do with the Commander-in-Chief he served under.

After the MOAB drop on Afghanistan, Jones tweeted, I lost my legs because my gov't was afraid to use the tools they had and saw me as expendable. I wish I'd had this admin.”

Not everyone agreed with the “Twitter-verse” lighting up with comments that eventually drew a response from Marine Sgt. Jones.

“Because, I believe, more of us would've come home alive and whole if we'd used bombs to eradicate enemy safe havens-Feel free to disagree.”

It’s hard to disagree with someone who has been there, seen the enemy and knows what it feels like when their commander holds back.

Because, for all his early talk about Afghanistan being the “good war,” Barack Obama also banished the use of the word “victory” and devoted his attention to passing Obamacare, choosing his NCAA brackets, and issuing orders about who can use which bathroom.

Jones is one veteran who isn't afraid to say he wishes Obama had thought a little more about giving his military the weapons they needed to win – and to come home, possibly in one piece.

Please SHARE on Facebook this powerful message from this incredible U.S. Marine, Johnny Jones!

 
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