A former Army Sargeant blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar for her scornful criticism of U.S. forces during a 1993 mission to Somalia.
Sergeant Major Kyle E. Lamb (retired) told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the Minnesota’s Democrat’s resurfaced tweet claiming U.S. forces killed “thousands” of Somalis during the “Black Hawk Down” mission in Mogadishu was, at the least, “kind of disturbing.”
“First of all, she wasn’t there, she had already left the country. We were there, and I’ve never heard numbers quite that inflated. I mean, we wish we could have done that much damage, but that didn’t happen as far as I know,” Lamb, who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu, said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.
Carlson, in introducing his guest, recapped the history of the U.S. military mission to aid Somalis caught up in their country’s brutal civil war and resulting famine in the 1990’s, noting that Omar “thinks Americans were the bad guys” in the conflict in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was later portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 23, 2019
The freshman congresswoman and Somali refugee disparaged the memory of the 19 American soldiers killed and more than 70 wounded in that mission back in 2017, when she was serving as a Minnesota state representative. Omar is under fire for the recently resurfaced tweet in which she made the claims responding to someone on Twitter remembering the battle that day.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
“It seems like the mission was purely altruistic. We were only there to help, we didn’t take Somalia. Did you steal gold or natural resources when you were there?” Carlson asked Lamb, who laughed at the idea.
“We didn’t do that. We were trying to take out a clan leader that had taken over the town,” Lamb replied, explaining how the clan was taking the humanitarian aid being directed to the people of that town while “running drugs” and weapons. “He needed to be eliminated, so that we could get peace back in that town. We were actually there to help some of the lesser tribes, the lesser clans, such as her clan, which obviously they were already gone.”
Lamb, a 21-year military veteran who spent 19 of those years in Special Operations and over 15 of the years in the military’s elite Delta Force, said U.S. forces “were there to try to do the right thing.”
“We didn’t say ‘Hey, let’s pick out Somalia is a great place to go hang out.’ The president at the time, President Clinton, said this is where we are going, this is the mission, and our commander said ‘Roger that, we can do it,’ and we all had signed on the line,” Lamb said. “That is why we served. You can make a difference when you go to those countries.”
Carlson asked his guest about Omar’s seeming ungratefulness and why, after being accepted into the U.S. as a refugee when she was a child, has “spent the rest of her life attacking this country.”
“As they would say down here in Tennessee, bless her heart,” Lamb replied, before giving the Democrat congresswoman a scathing dose of reality.
“We want her to understand that she is living large now because of her family being able to escape the atrocities of Mogadishu,” he said, pausing.
“It’s very disturbing. We watched our friends get drug through the streets by the people she says are her people. We got to watch that on TV,” he said. “Yeah, we take it personal when you attack us like that. Once again, it is not surprising to hear that. There has been kind of a long list of things she said, I don’t know if she meant them or not, but she continues to say them. Yeah, I feel bad for her.”
He noted that families who lost loved ones in the battle don’t need Omar’s remarks to remind them of “what they deal with every day.”
“Whenever they go to a baseball game and they hear the national anthem, they look at the flag, that dad is not there with his kids. That’s a story, not just from Somalia, but all the other conflicts I have been in, and that I haven’t been in, that is the story of a soldier. That is what we deal with on a daily basis,” he said. “Yeah, it is the soldier’s story from the last 10,000 years.”
“The last thing you need is a lecture from people like her,” Carlson noted.
Lamb had also responded to Omar’s “disgusting” tweet in an op-ed in The Federalist:
I am thankful Omar and her family and countless others were able to escape to neighboring Kenya while we fought to protect those left behind, but I simply cannot comprehend her attitude towards those of us who fought to protect her country and countrymen from warlords who plunged Somalia only further into violence and starvation. I am glad that Omar can now enjoy the very freedoms we fought to protect, like the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion affirmed in the U.S. Constitution, but I don’t understand why she uses those freedoms to slur the men and women of the U.S. military who made her security and liberty a reality.
“The simple truth is that Omar enjoys the fruits of American combat deaths, yet she can’t even bring herself to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that was made on her behalf, either as a Somali or an American,” Lamb wrote, adding that, although he didn’t blame her for leaving the country then, he did hold her accountable for “smearing American servicemen because we answered the call of our nation to address the violent barbarism of hers.”
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