Re: Letter, July 20, “What is wrong with this picture?”

Weapons are produced for two primary purposes – to deter a potential enemy and failing that, to destroy that enemy.

For example, nuclear weapons are very costly to produce and maintain but the deterrence value in millions of lives saved and wars avoided are easy to comprehend but impossible to measure.

The MOAB was invented to serve both purposes also.

Had the war in Iraq lasted long enough it would have been dropped in numbers yet unknown. If you had observed the first MOAB test drop at Eglin in 2003 your understanding of both its deterrent value and destructive power as an area denial weapon would be much clearer.

To MOAB or not to MOAB, that is the question. Apologies to William Shakespeare.

Lt. Col. Dean Sharp, U.S. Air Force (ret.), Destin