POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
This is meaningless testimony.
The U.S. command associates combat with everything it is asked to do, absolutely everything.
Does anyone recall the fiasco in Somalia some years ago?
Instead of simply doing the job of getting food to the starving - something Canadian troops and others have done numerous times - the U.S. forces turned the operation into a crusade to get the bad guys.
They landed on shore loaded with combat equipment and camouflage grease paint, only to be greeted by American newsmen standing on the beach with microphones.
Absurd, but what followed was criminal.
The U.S. used its horrible killing machine, a low-flying plane equipped with high-tech Gatling guns to spray large areas with ferocious fire.
Then it used helicopters, and then their "bad" guys brought one of them down, killing the crew.
It wasn't long after, the U.S. command left with its tail between its legs.
But Americans' understanding of the whole mess was incorporated into the idiotic trash film, Blackhawk Down.