Veteran responds to Omar’s criticism of ‘Black Hawk Down’ soldiers

Veteran responds to Omar’s criticism of ‘Black Hawk Down’ soldiers

September 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


BE A TRAGEDY. IT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. SPEAKING OF TRAGEDIES, IN THE EARLY 90s, SOMALIA WAS ROCKED BY WAR AND FAMINE, THE U.S. SENT TROOPS NOT TO CONQUER LAND OR STEEL RESOURCES, BUT TO SAVE LIVES. WE DID THAT, SAVED ABOUT 100,000 SOMALIS. THAT WAS 1993, KNIGHT 1992, I MISREMEMBERED IT. SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY. SOMALI AMERICAN CONGRESSWOMAN ILHAN OMAR IS NOT GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THE U.S. DID ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY SHE WAS BORN IN. AND NO, SHE THINKS AMERICAN TROOPS ARE THE BAD GUYS IN THAT CONFLICT THAT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO SHE RESPONDED ON TWITTER TO A USER WHO IS OR MIGHT BRING 19 AMERICAN TROOPS KILLED DURING THE BATTLE, SHE WROTE THIS “IN HIS SELECTIVE MEMORY, HE FORGETS TO ALSO MENTION THE THOUSANDS OF SOMALIS KILLED BY AMERICAN FORCES THAT DAY! #NotTodaySatan .” SERGEANT MAJOR KYLE LAM THOUGHT THAT DAY IN THE BATTLE, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “LEADERSHIP IN THE SHADOWS,” AND WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE THEM TONIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING ON TONIGHT.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>Tucker: WHEN YOU READ ILHAN OMAR’S REMARKS ABOUT THE BATTLE HE FOUGHT IN, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?>>NORMALLY IT IS HUMOROUS, BUT AT THIS POINT, IT IS KIND OF DISTURBING. FIRST OF ALL, SHE WASN’T THERE, SHE HAD ALREADY LEFT THE COUNTRY. WE WERE THERE, AND I’VE NEVER HEARD NUMBERS QUITE THAT INFLATED. WE WISH WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT MUCH DAMAGE, BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN AS FAR AS I KNOW.>>Tucker: WHAT IS SO STRIKING IS, AND THE U.S. HAS DONE THINGS I DISAGREE WITH AROUND THE WORLD, BUT IN THIS CASE, IT SEEMS LIKE THE MISSION WAS PURELY ALTRUISTIC. WE WERE ONLY THERE TO HELP THERE WE DIDN’T TAKE SOMALIA. DID YOU STEAL GOLD OR NATURAL RESOURCES WHEN YOU WERE THERE?>>[LAUGHS] WE DIDN’T DO THAT. WE ARE TRYING TO TAKE OUT A CLAN LEADER THAT HAD TAKEN OVER THE TOWN, THEY WERE TAKING THE FOOD, ANY OF THE AID WE WERE GIVING TO SOMALIA, ALSO WEAPONS, RUNNING DRUGS, A BIG DRUG OVER THERE. HE NEEDED TO BE ELIMINATED, SO WE COULD GET PEACE BACK IN THAT TOWN. WE WERE ACTUALLY THERE TO HELP SOME OF THE LESSER TRIBES, THE LESSER CLANS, SUCH AS HER CLAN, WHICH OBVIOUSLY THEY WERE ALREADY GONE. BUT WE WERE THERE TO TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THE OTHER THING IS, WE DIDN’T SAY “HEY, LET’S PICK OUT SOMALIA IS A GREAT PLACE TO GO HANG OUT.” THE PRESIDENT OF THE TIME, PRESIDENT CLINTON, SAID THIS IS WHERE WE ARE GOING, THIS IS THE MISSION, AND OUR COMMANDER SAID “ROGER THAT, WE CAN DO IT,” AND WILL SIGN ON THE LINE. THAT IS WHY WE SERVED. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND YOU GO TO THOSE COUNTRIES.>>Tucker: DOES IT STRIKE YOU AS ODD, I DON’T WANT TO PICK ON ILHAN OMAR, BUT SHE IS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND SO HER STATEMENTS GET A LOT OF ATTENTION. HERE’S SOMEONE WHO WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES AT PUBLIC EXPENSE SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ARE A KIND COUNTRY THAT ACCEPTS A LOT OF REFUGEES, AND RATHER THAN BEING GRATEFUL FOR THAT, SHE SPENT THE REST OF HER LIFE ATTACKING THIS COUNTRY. WHY?>>AS THEY WOULD SAY DOWN HERE IN TENNESSEE, BLESS HER HEART. WE WANT HER TO UNDERSTAND THAT SHE IS LIVING LARGE NOW BECAUSE OF HER FAMILY BEING ABLE TO ESCAPE THE ATROCITIES OF MOGADISHU. IT IS DISTURBING, WE WATCH OUR FRIENDS GET DRUG THROUGH THE STREETS BY THE PEOPLE SHE SAYS ARE HER PEOPLE. WE GOT TO WATCH THAT ON TV, ONCE WE GOT FROM THE CRASH SITE I WAS OUT AND GOT BACK TO OUR HANGER, THAT IS WHAT WE GOT TO WATCH. YEAH, WE TAKE IT PERSONAL WHEN YOU ATTACK US LIKE THAT. ONCE AGAIN, IT IS NOT SURPRISING TO HEAR THAT. THERE HAS BEEN KIND OF A LONG LIST OF THINGS SHE SAID, I DON’T KNOW IF SHE MEANT THEM OR NOT, BUT SHE CONTINUES TO SAY THEM. YEAH, I FEEL BAD FOR HER.>>Tucker: YEAH, I DO TOO. WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF AMERICANS WHO WERE KILLED THERE? WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY THINK OF THIS?>>I HAVEN’T TALKED TO ANY OF THE FAMILIES, BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE HER SAYING SOMETHING TO REMIND THEM OF WHAT THEY DEAL WITH EVERY DAY. WHENEVER THEY GO TO A BASEBALL GAME AND THEY HEAR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, THEY LOOK AT THE FLAG, THAT DAD IS NOT THERE WITH HIS KIDS. THAT’S A STORY, NOT JUST FROM SOMALIA, BUT ALL THE OTHER CONFLICTS I HAVE BEEN IN, AND THAT I HAVEN’T BEEN IN, THAT IS THE STORY OF A SOLDIER. THAT IS WHAT WE DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS. AND REALLY, WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO HELP US OUT WHEN WE GET BACK, WHICH REASON WE NEED A MISSION, GUYS TO GET HELP IF THEY HAVE DRUG OR ALCOHOL ISSUES, WHICH SOMETIMES CAN BE PREVALENT IN THE MILITARY IF GUYS ARE SUFFERING WITH INJURIES THAT THEY TRY TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT WITH. WE TRY TO GET THEM THE HELP WE CAN, THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO. YEAH, IT IS THE SOLDIER’S STORY FROM THE LAST 10,000 YEARS.>>Tucker: THE LAST THING YOU