June 12, 2006
twice in two days
I did it yesterday and I did it again today. I really oughta tape the sucker to keep a good piece of American history on hand. The movie is called--- "Blackhawk Down--- a Documentary." Or something like that.
All I know is they showed a lot of live combat footage from that fiasco in Somalia, along with interviews with the guys who lived that nightmare and still breathed to tell about it. It was a jaw-dropping piece of video journalism to me. Man! Those guys were warriors.
Imagine being sent on a mission into a zone of a maze-like city, with people from old men to little children shooting at you with automatic weapons, and you've just seen one of your rescue ships get shot down. Plus two of your buddies almost cut in half. That crap might make you kinda uneasy, right?
So, you get out, scared to death and shitting your pants as you run to safety, or ride, with bullets bouncing around inside your humvee like popcorn popping. Then.. you learn that a lot of your buddies are trapped back there and someone has to go in and get them out, right through the middle of that wild shootin' gallery.
You bite your trembling lip, try to contain your loose bowels, grab a few more mags for your M-16 and say, "Let's go."
And you DO IT!
Gawd! That was a very impressive, almost overpowering show. The guys being interviewed for the film weren't old farts like D-Day veterans. Some of them had silver hair, but not many. They looked half my age.
Hell--- they were KIDS, late teens and early 20s, when that Appallya in Somalia happened to them. They did pretty good. I don't know if I have the balls to be that courageous.
THREE TIMES, those guys went back in there to rescue their comrades. Pilots flying little helicopters did fantastic acts of bravery to defend the escape. They flew down THE STREETS, between the buildings, to stick a missle in a very bad place while sparying 50-cal machine gun bullets everywhere. Even Delta Force guys said later, "I've never seen anybody so brave... or so damn CRAZY in my life. Their spent shell casings were falling on my helmet, and I was burying my face in the dirt, saying "Give 'em HELL!""
Some of the Rangers had to run the "Miracle Mile" to get out of there, chasing their evacuation vehicles, because the UN troops who were supposed to give them a ride home cut and run when THEY got shot at. Thank you, Bill Clinton.
I may have been a little loose on some of the quotes, but that's what I remember. If you ever get a chance to see that movie, DO IT.
It'll make you proud of our troops and ashamed of our politicians.
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