Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and and one of the first Muslim women in Congress, declared in a 2017 post on Twitter that American troops were the villains in the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Somalia.
Omar, a Somali native, wrote in response to a post that said the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu as the worst terrorist attack in Somali history. “In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
The lawmaker was roundly criticized for her condemnation of U.S. forces in the Black Hawk Down incident, which was made into a Hollywood movie. In the battle, 18 Americans were killed and 73 wounded.
Sergeant Major Kyle E. Lamb, a 21-year veteran with U.S. Army Special Operations who served in Mogadishu, Somalia and Iraq, blasted Omar on Tuesday.
“I take special exception to Omar’s disgusting comments because I served in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was later portrayed in the movie ‘Black Hawk Down,’ ” he wrote in The Federalist.
He lays out what really happened during the battle, saying warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid “and his henchmen spread terror and death.”
Then he gets to Omar.
“I am thankful Omar and her family and countless others were able to escape to neighboring Kenya while we fought to protect those left behind, but I simply cannot comprehend her attitude towards those of us who fought to protect her country and countrymen from warlords who plunged Somalia only further into violence and starvation. I am glad that Omar can now enjoy the very freedoms we fought to protect, like the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion affirmed in the U.S. Constitution, but I don’t understand why she uses those freedoms to slur the men and women of the U.S. military who made her security and liberty a reality,” he writes.
The simple truth is that Omar enjoys the fruits of American combat deaths, yet she can’t even bring herself to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that was made on her behalf, either as a Somali or an American. Her clan didn’t stand a chance against Aidid and Habar Gidirs, so I don’t blame her for leaving. But I do blame her for attacking those of us who had zero personal interest or investment in her nation for doing our jobs on behalf of our country. And I blame her for smearing American servicemen because we answered the call of our nation to address the violent barbarism of hers.
Unlike Omar, I’m not a politician. I don’t have power or influence. I don’t have a vote in Congress or the ability to direct America’s foreign policy. I’m just one of the men who strapped it on as a member of Task Force Ranger and went into harm’s way to help bring peace and security to her and her people. And let me tell you, she missed a helluva fight.
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