Monday, August 13, 2007

Black Hawk Down (Revolution Studios 2001)


When watching Black Hawk Down, I'm never sure where to focus my anger. Should it be at the Clinton Administration for their half-assed military leadership? The United Nations for their wimpy rules of engagement policies? The Somali Thugs for shooting at our guys? George H. W. Bush for getting us involved in the first place? Oh what the hell, why don't I make it easier and say all of the above!

After American forces raided and captured two Somali senior lieutenants, two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by Somali militia armed with RPGs. The movie tells the story of the Army's successful but daring rescue attempt of the stranded soldiers through the hostile Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Interestingly, the movie's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, told interviewers that the film's focus was on the brave soldiers and NOT the politics behind the events. I admit, it's very easy to get lost in the story and action of Black Hawk Down. However, when those credits start to roll at the end the political questions just seem to POP in the ol' brain like...

WHY WAS THE AIR SUPPORT REFUSED TO HELP OUR TROOPS?

WHO IN THE HELL AT THE U.N. CAME UP WITH THESE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT?

WHO WAS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE RAID?


WHY DID WE HAVE TO USE U.N. TANKS AND NOT OURS?


WHAT WAS THIS MAN DOING WHEN THIS CRAP WAS GOING ON?


Here is the trailer from the film.



How in the heck we only lost 18 guys in this is beyond me. Oh and by the way, a few weeks after this happened Slick Willy played the Cut and Run card. I guess the playbook hasn't changed that much for the Dems.

9 comments:

nanc said...

thankx for visiting curtains!

this has to be one of my all-time favorite movies of all time.

it seems my husband and i have been so much into war movies for the last several years.

pist at clinton for sure.

EDGE said...

Thanks Nanc! I glad I stopped by your blog and trust me it won't be the last time!

DD2 said...

WHAT WAS THIS MAN DOING WHEN THIS CRAP WAS GOING ON?


He told us... Don't you believe him?

EDGE said...

dd2,

Sure I believe him...of course I also believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Bigfoot...:o)

WomanHonorThyself said...

I should check out this flick too Edge but I didnt want to get aggravated!

EDGE said...

WomanHonorThySelf,

I know you'll enjoy it! The film does put our troops in the right light at least. Thanks for the visit! I will visit your blog again soon, I promise!

WomanHonorThyself said...

hey call me Angel please..ha!

Always On Watch said...

Edge,
Thank you for stopping by my photos site. I'm flattered that you liked that one sunrise picture enough to put in on your desktop.

I saw Black Hawk Down in the theater when it first came out. I have to say that the entire mess in Somalia made me angry and sad at the same time. Sure, I was (and am) proud of our wonderful military, but what happened in Somalia--and without proper retaliation on our part, thanks to Clinton--is one of the roots of the Islamists' continued state of hostilities with the West.

DD2 said...

WHAT WAS THIS MAN DOING WHEN THIS CRAP WAS GOING ON?

I'm gonna tell ya one more time!