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.
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. Lamb said the number was wrong, but in any event, all those killed were fighters, not civilians. “We hoped that’s what happened,” said Lamb, who said civilians had fled the city by that point. “We weren’t shooting [non-combatants].”Russ Read, “Black Hawk Down veterans blast Ilhan Omar for ‘smearing’ US troops who died ‘to help her people'”, Washington Examiner, April 26, 2019
Retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, the only surviving pilot from the “Black Hawk Down” operation criticized Omar, telling the IPT that she completely ignored the humanitarian nature of the American mission in Somalia in 1993 and the fact U.S. troops were forced to defend themselves.
Fellow Battle of Mogadishu veteran Sgt. Maj. Kyle Lamb backed up Durant. He said he took Omar’s tweet personally because he and his colleagues saw their friends’ bodies dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.
“We were trying to take out Aidid because he was a clan leader … that had kind of taken over [Mogadishu],” Lamb said on Fox News. “They were taking the food, any of the aid that we were giving to Somalia, also weapons and they were running drugs … He needed to be eliminated.”John Rossomando, “Ilhan Omar’s Allies Mum Following ‘Black Hawk Down’ Controversy“, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, April 26, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is just going scorched earth on…everything. Is there not a single thing she can do or say that doesn’t land her in hot water? She obviously doesn’t care; this is good for her. For the Democratic Party, however, not so much, as her past anti-Semitic antics engulfed the party leadership into a debate about what to do with her. Omar slammed supporters of Israel for maybe having dual loyalties, her “all about the Benjamins’” tweet concerning AIPAC and its activity touched on the ‘Jewish people + money = influence,’ and she said that Israel had hypnotic powers that have prevented people from seeing the nation’s evil.Matt Vespa, “U.S. Veteran: This Is Why We Take Ilhan Omar’s ‘Disgusting’ Black Hawk Down Tweet Personally“, Town Hall, April 24, 2019
Carlson’s comments came as part of a discussion of a 2017 tweet from Omar highlighting the number of Somalis killed by U.S. forces in a 1993 battle in Mogadishu. The fight was dramatized in the film “Black Hawk Down.”
“Here’s someone who was brought to the United States at public expense simply because we’re a kind country that accepts a lot of refugees,” Carlson said as he interviewed Kyle Lamb, a retired sergeant major who fought in Mogadishu.
“And rather than being grateful for that, she’s spent the rest of her life attacking this country. Why?”Morgan Gstalter, “Tucker Carlson: Since immigrating to US, Omar has ‘spent the rest of her life attacking this country‘”, The Hill, April 24, 2019
Earlier this week, a 2017 tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) surfaced in which she attacked the men who helped defend from starvation and civil war the country she abandoned in the early 1990s. In her tweet, Omar blasted “American forces” for killing “thousands of Somalis” during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993. “#NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote.
Kyle Lamb, “I Fought In The Battle Of Mogadishu. Here’s What Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets Wrong About ‘Black Hawk Down’“, The Federalist, April 23, 2019
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.”