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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:56 AM
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49. The military would take exception to "screwed up".

The mission succeeded in its goal. They lost two aircraft and took some casualties which means it could have gone better. The author of Blackhawk Down found that those involved were confused, and insulted, by the perception that it was a screw up.

To address that to which you refer, who was responsible for more losses than necessary, I believe it was our commanding officer in Somalia who made the decision not to inform his Pakistani backups. Though I am not certain about that. I'm sure it is in the book, but I don't recall that particular fact.

Ultimately, Clinton was right to take the blame. He could have ordered an end to combat missions when he decided to leave Somalia. I don't even know if it was discussed with the President. The Pentagon moved forward with planning the departure while allowing the command in Somalia to continue their mission.

The only person who took a fall were the people who failed to inform Clinton when the raid turned messy. Of course, the attempted Communist military coup in Russia on that same date (a fact people always forget) was a bit more important than a small firefight in Somalia.

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