Please read this before reading the updates on the French Raid in Somalia:

“Published: October 04, 1993: At least five American soldiers were killed and several were wounded today when a Somali militia shot down two American helicopters during United Nations military operations in Mogadishu, Pentagon officials said.

About 20 members of a faction led by a fugitive Somali fighter, Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, were taken into custody during the United Nations operation, including a high-ranking associate of the militia leader, the Pentagon said.

The operations continued into the night, and Pentagon officials cautioned that details, including the numbers of people killed and wounded, might change as more reports were received.”

This is one of the first stories published while the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 was still raging. A clusterfuck to say the least, right? Nobody had intelligence of what was going on, but I’m sure people were making assumptions. Then a day later that “5 American soldiers” changed to “18 American soldiers killed.”

What did people think then?

We lost 18 of our best special operations soldiers, an American pilot was captured, and images of a US service-member’s body dragged through the streets of Mogadishu found its way to the television sets of millions of Americans.

Nobody knew the real story. Nobody knew the bravery and incredible odds our Rangers, Delta, and Night Stalkers faced until later on. The point I’m trying to make is that there has been lots of premature talk of “shitty training” and “lack of experience in French SOF.”