Congratulations, Dems. This bilious Islamofascist represents your party.
Veterans of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu have slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, D-Minn., for accusing them of killing “thousands” of Somalis and ignoring the fact they were engaged in a United Nations mission designed to protect civilians from a murderous warlord following a devastating famine and civil war.
Danny McKnight, who was the Ranger colonel who commanded U.S. troops, and Kyle Lamb, who was a Delta Force operator, said they were in Somalia in part to protect the Majerteen, Omar’s tribe, from the ruthless warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid and his powerful Habar Gidir clan.
Nineteen U.S. troops were killed in Mogadishu in the bloodiest combat since the Vietnam War: 18 in the main battle from Oct. 3-4 and a 19th by a mortar two days later. The battle was immortalized in the 1999 book Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and the 2001 Ridley Scott movie of the same name that starred Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor.
“In helping her tribe, we had to eliminate those who were bad,” Lamb told the Washington Examiner. “She should be thankful we were there to help her people.” McKnight, who was shot in the neck and arm, told the Washington Examiner: “I really am offended, truly offended, by her comment and her thought that thousands were killed by us. Not true. Not true at all.”
Mike Durant, the pilot who was captured and badly beaten after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism: “As a nation, we and our political leadership should be proud of what we did there. We put our most precious resource on the line to help starving people. In return, my friends’ remains and those of my comrades were dragged through the streets. I do not hold all Somalis accountable for the actions of a few, but I certainly take issue with the remarks of Congresswoman Omar.”
Omar’s comments stemmed from a 2017 tweet in which she was trying to rebut another user’s comment that the Battle of Mogadishu was “the worst attack in Somalia history.” She responded: “In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan,” said Omar, in response.
Mark Bowden estimated that 500 Somalis died in the battle. Other estimates range from 300 to 1,000 dead, but no reputable source has put the number at thousands. Lamb said the number was wrong, but in any event, all those killed were fighters, not civilians. “We hoped that’s what happened,” said Lamb, who said civilians had fled the city by that point. “We weren’t shooting [non-combatants].”
Former Army Warrant Officer Michael Durant was shot down over Somalia and captured by Somali rebels during one of Bubba Klintoon’s wag-the-dog tactics. I will never forget watching the film footage of Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Field’s body being dragged through the streets by Somali excrement. Clinton denied the ground commander the assets he requested which included armor, AC-130 “Specter” Gunships, and LAV’s. The blood of those Soldiers is on his hands.
In retrospect, it’s too fucking bad the “thousands of Somalis killed’ wasn’t true.
Omar’s ass should be shipped back to Somalia where she belongs.