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Speaking of “Black Hawk Down”

It seems to me the coverage of these reports that the Baathists have been studying the incident to figure out how to fight US forces has been way off-kilter. Telling your troops to emulate an event which required lobbing troops at American soldiers like they were tennis balls at the Williams sisters would not inspire confidence. Also, telling them “it helps if you get really, really high before you attack the Americans” would not be a morale-booster either. Besides, while they were prepared American forces still didn’t go into Mogadishu expecting that ambush. Imagine how much more lopsided it might have been if the Americans knew it was coming — like they do in Iraq.


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