THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, USA
An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor
READERS' VIEWS -- EMAIL
August 27, 2002
RE: U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SOMALIA IN 1993
Your story about the Ranger Task Force raid in Mogadishu 3 October 1993 is spun with the usual Rightwing twist. The Ranger/Delta forces never requested armor for the raid itself. In fact, after the sawdust hit the fan when two UH60s were shot down, armored vehicles and tanks were sent in from the area, despite the exclusion of any backup plan for the operation.
There was plenty of firepower from the air with the UH60 miniguns and the AH6a minigun and rocket platforms. The 6as, according to one pilot's report, fired at least 80,000 rounds and dozens of rockets.
Gen. Garrison's failure to include a plan for dealing with the RPGs that took down the UH60s and doomed the mission, armor and 130 Spectres or not, was the single most disasterous fault of the mission.
Sgt. Keni Thomas, of TFR, said the members of the raid planning did not feel they were shortchanged or betrayed in the equipment they went with.
This anti-Clinton twist has betrayed those who would like the truth of what happened in this raid.
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