Friday, December 17, 2004

Lance In Iraq: A little alternative history

A new blogger in Iraq from the TN NG.

(AP) - Eighteen American soldiers were killed today after the U.S. Secretary of Defense refused a request for existing armored vehicles to use against members of a Third World insurgency tied to Usama Bin Laden.

Actully, that's not alt-history. It really happened. Here's the key graf:

In September General Powell asked Aspin to approve the request of the U.S. commander in Somalia for tanks and armored vehicles for his forces. Aspin turned down the request. Shortly thereafter Aideed's forces in Mogadishu killed 18 U.S. soldiers and wounded more than 75 in attacks that also resulted in the shooting down of three U.S. helicopters and the capture of one pilot.

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