Why is Somalia still relevant?

This is a book about war, a war you mostly know nothing about. However, we need to understand its relevance. Why did we really go there? What were we really doing? We’ll address the “humanitarian” claim, eventually, but for now I’ll just say it’s mostly nonsense.

First, from an economic standpoint, Somalia has vast natural resources that have yet to be tapped. Read this article on the topic of oil in Somalia from the LA Times in 1993. Here’s a more recent article on the topic. It’s the same exact reason we got involved in the 1st Gulf War.

Secondly, from a strategic standpoint, look at a map. People were talking about it in 1993. We started sending aid to Somalia after it broke ties with the Soviet Union. Ask Google for yourself.

Thirdly, both the Somali civil war factions and Somali terror networks are alive and well. And they are impacting the world.

Lastly, and most importantly, why is the Somali civil war and America’s involvement there still relevant? In my book, I will provide commentary from military leaders who employed lessons learned firsthand from our involvement in Somalia during the war on terror. The military is great about applying lessons learned.

However, our federal government is not good at applying lessons learned. We are still repeating the same policy disasters that we experienced in Somalia that revolve around Nation Building. And in doing so, we make nasty friends that eventually spill our blood. In my book, I will provide relevant insight into this as well.

Unfortunately for Somali Campaign vets, we are the forgotten. Though it’s hard to forget a war you didn’t realize was being waged. Which is a major reason for my writing this book. Somalia didn’t even receive full military campaign credit until 2014 because of unidentified international political issues at the time, according to the secretary of the Army. Is the blood of American servicemen and women relevant to you? I’m guessing it is if you’re still reading.

~ Bravo Charles

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