Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why did McCain want the U.S. to surrender in Somalia?

Isn't this what he accuses Obama of wanting to do in Iraq? I thought McCain was against waiving the white flag of surrender.


rukidding: If you didn't notice, my link is from a .gov website. Also, all it shows is the bill's name, purpose, sponsor (McCain), and cosponsors. There's nothing biased about it.

Update 2:

To clear this up: The link I've provided is a bill that McCain sponsored in 1993 to pull U.S. troops out of Somalia. The same can be found in the Senate archives.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Because Somalia was a mess that nobody wanted to handle. The UN was having a horrible time even getting its own troops out of trouble; a German unit was trapped up country when the Indian vehicles that were to transport it refused to leave the UN safe zone.

    As it was, after the losses suffered by Rangers and Delta Force troops that was chronicled in "Black Hawk Down", the American mission in Somalia was seen as unwinnable with the level of support it was getting.

    The Defense Department refused requests of area commanders for armor and aerial gunship support. One wonders if Sergeants Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon would not have had to sacrifice their lives to defend Warrant Officer Micheal Durant's shot down helicopter if fire support from AC-130 gunships had been authorized by Washington. Defense Secretary Les Aspin took the fall of the debacle, but the entire administration had no interest in deepening American involvement in Somalia.

  • 1 decade ago

    Somalia was probably the worst place to send US troops - it made Iraq look like a walk in the park. While there is a level of intelligence in some Iraqis, Somalis are void of any thought of democracy. McCain was right.

    Hey, blame Bush, Sr,. for leaving this sweetheart for Clinton. Just like Junior is going to leave a mess for whomever wins in November. Like father like son.

  • shawn
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do you have a more obscure, biased link we can go to and read the lies? It was Clinton who surrendered in Somalia or haven't you heard of "Black Hawk Down?" You should rent it. Clinton refused to give the marines what they needed to do the job and when the equipment did arrive and the marines wanted to use it to go back in and retrieve the bodies of the fallen, as is their custom to "leave no man behind," Clinton denied them the permission as Commander in Chief. What an embarrassment!

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