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‘Black Hawk Down’ Vets Blast Omar

"I do not hold all Somalis accountable for the actions of a few, but I certainly take issue with the remarks of Congresswoman Omar..."

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2019 @12:00pm
‘Black Hawk Down’ Vets Blast Omar

“I do not hold all Somalis accountable for the actions of a few, but I certainly take issue with the remarks of Congresswoman Omar…”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has found herself once again at the center of controversy this week as a 2017 tweet resurfaced in which she attacked the United States military for their role in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. Veterans of the battle have not taken kindly to Omar’s attacks and blasted her for her uninformed comments in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

More Americans probably better know the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu from the 1999 book “Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden, or the 2001 Ridley Scott movie by the same, which immortalized the events that cost 19 U.S. troops their lives in what was the U.S.’s “bloodiest combat since the Vietnam War.”

The Washington Examiner highlighted Omar’s 2017 tweet on Friday:

“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.”

According to the Examiner, Omar’s claim that thousands died in the battle is incorrect.

“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.”

“She should be thankful we were there to help her people,” said Danny McKnight, a Ranger colonel who commanded U.S. troops in Mogadishu and was shot in the neck and arm.

“I really am offended, truly offended, by her comment and her thought that thousands were killed by us. Not true. Not true at all,” he told the Examiner.

“In helping her tribe, we had to eliminate those who were bad,” said Kyle Lamb, a Delta Force operator.

“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,” said Mike Durant, a Black Hawk pilot who was captured and badly beaten.

“The sad thing … is it starts driving a wedge between the military and her,” Lamb said. “I really wish she would stand with us and not against us.”

“I lost six of my Rangers, and I lost some friends from Delta Force and aviators,” McKnight added. “I don’t really take it kindly that she, who has no clue — no clue — about a military action, that she can make the comments she has made.”

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