No, it's unacceptable to a public who can't even find Mogadishu on a map, let alone understand why we were there hunting Aidid in the first place.Originally Posted by TopHatter
In any event, the public didn't demand their soldiers drop out of the sky into a hostile town, their leadership did.
Yes but we actually had a tangible purpose in Vietnam that people could understand - to prevent the spread of communism.Originally Posted by TopHatter
In Somolia, we were hunting backwater thugs that, in the grand scheme of things, had zero strategic benefit to us.
Completely untrue. Over two thousand American soldiers have died in Iraq, and more in Afghanistan.Originally Posted by TopHatter
The American public can tolerate losses, if they believe in the cause.